Report on Plans and Priorities 2013-14

Analysis of Programs by Strategic Outcome

Program 3.8 - Ocean Forecasting


As a maritime nation bordered by three oceans and an extensive network of inland waters, Canada has a requirement to understand ocean processes to enable the prediction of ocean conditions and their influences on our environment, ecosystems, and coastal communities. This is accomplished through research and the long-term monitoring of key ocean parameters (temperature, sea level, nutrients, tides, salinity, etc.) via space-based, aerial, autonomous vehicles, and vessel-based observations and the management of data to ensure its integrity and accessibility. This program is the foundation for marine information, including ocean prediction products and services that are used to support emergency preparedness (e.g., tsunami warnings, storm surges), adaptation to climatic change, search and rescue, the mitigation of oil spills, and at-sea operations such as fisheries and offshore energy. Clients of the program include internal users such as the Canadian Coast Guard, other federal government departments and agencies (e.g., Environment Canada, Department of National Defence, Transport Canada, Public Safety Canada), various maritime industries (e.g., commercial shipping, off-shore energy, fishing industry), the Canadian and international marine science community, and Canadians.

Financial Resources ($ millions)

Total Budgetary
(Main Estimates)
Planned Spending
Planned Spending
Planned Spending
9.5 9.5 9.5 9.5

Human Resources (FTE)

2013-14 2014-15 2015-16
100 100 100

Performance Measurement

Canadians are informed on current and future physical and biochemical state of Canada's oceans and waterways Percentage of approved requests for science advice on ocean forecasting that are completed within the required timeline 90% by March 31, 2014
Percentage of requests for scientific data completed in the time required 95% by March 31, 2014

Planning Highlights - Aligning Legislative and Regulatory Frameworks to Support Long-term Sustainability and Prosperity Priority

  • Arctic Science Strategy - Finalize the Arctic Science Strategy, a forward-looking strategy that will guide the Department's capacity, efforts, and financial resources for Arctic science.

Planning Highlights - Program-level

  • Environmental Modelling - Advance the development of global, regional, and local coupled ocean-ice-atmosphere models to improve the accuracy of ocean forecasts and enhance the safety of maritime activities.
  • Operational Oceanography Framework - Develop a national framework that will improve coordination of oceanographic observations, modelling, products, and advice.