Report on Plans and Priorities 2013-14

Analysis of Programs by Strategic Outcome

Program 3.7 - Hydrographic Products and Services


The safe use of Canadian waterways requires knowledge of the physical limitations to navigation. The Canadian Hydrographic Service contributes to safety on Canadian waterways by undertaking hydrographic surveys from primarily Canadian Coast Guard vessels to measure, describe, and chart the physical features of Canada's oceans and navigable inland waters. As Canada's hydrographic authority, the Canadian Hydrographic Service uses this data to produce up-to-date, timely, and accurate navigational products in support of domestic and international marine transportation in accordance with the requirements of the Canada Shipping Act, 2001, the Arctic Waters Pollution Prevention Act, 2001, and the International Maritime Organization's Safety of Life At Sea Convention. In addition to supporting safe and secure waters, hydrographic information is made available for a spectrum of research and development applications in engineering, ocean research, and the renewable and non-renewable energy sectors.

Financial Resources ($ millions)

Total Budgetary
(Main Estimates)
Planned Spending
Planned Spending
Planned Spending
26.6 26.6 26.3 26.3

Human Resources (FTE)

2013-14 2014-15 2015-16
264 260 260

Performance Measurement

Users of Canada's waterways have the products and services they need for safe navigation on Canada's waterways Percentage of the planned chart production completed in national priority areas 75% by March 31, 2014
Percentage of Canadian Hydrographic Services publicized levels of service that are met or near met 75% by March 31, 2014

Planning Highlights - Renewing Canadian Coast Guard Assets and Service Delivery Priority