Report on Plans and Priorities 2013-14

Analysis of Programs by Strategic Outcome

Sub-program 2.5.2 - Ecosystem Assessments


Multiple and sometimes conflicting use of oceans requires that the integrated management of aquatic environments and resources be informed by an ecosystem science-based approach. This approach is interdisciplinary in nature and delivers a more comprehensive understanding of ocean variables and their interactions, both living and non-living, and ultimately how human activities impact aquatic ecosystems. Through space-basedFootnote1, aerialFootnote2, autonomous vehiclesFootnote3, and vessel-based platforms, the Department conducts scientific research and monitoring of ecosystem attributes and characteristics. This knowledge informs the development of ecosystem assessments and status reports, conservation and ecosystem-based management tools including risk assessment tools, ecosystem indicators, climate change adaptation, and cumulative impact assessments for use by policy and decision-makers in the integrated management of aquatic environments in Canada's oceans and inland waterways.

Financial Resources ($ millions)

Total Budgetary
(Main Estimates)
Planned Spending
Planned Spending
Planned Spending
20.8 20.8 20.6 20.6

Human Resources (FTE)

2013-14 2014-15 2015-16
189 188 188

Performance Measurement

Ocean regulators and users have access to a sound knowledge base on the state of marine aquatic ecosystems Percentage of approved requests for science advice in support of oceans management that are completed within the required timelines 90% by March 31, 2014

The Ecosystem Assessments Sub-program is part of the Oceans Management Program.