Report on Plans and Priorities 2013-14

Minister’s Message

The Honourable Keith Ashfield

I am pleased to present the Report on Plans and Priorities for 2013-14.

In 2012-13, Fisheries and Oceans Canada made marked progress on its path to becoming more focused on the protection of Canada's fisheries, oceans, and the safety of mariners.

In the coming year, we will continue to improve, responding to current challenges and taking advantage of new opportunities to serve Canada and Canadians. This includes maintaining our focus on science, which is the key to a prosperous and sustainable fishery. It also includes strategic investments in the Canadian Coast Guard so it can continue to perform its very important work.

Specifically, we have established four organizational priorities for 2013-14, which will enable us to carry out our mandate effectively and efficiently. These priorities are as follows:

  • Renewing Canadian Coast Guard Assets and Service Delivery;
  • Advancing Management and Operational Excellence;
  • Aligning Legislative and Regulatory Frameworks to Support Long-term Sustainability and Prosperity; and
  • Improving Fisheries Management.

I am confident that our plans and priorities, as outlined in this report, will allow Canadians to enjoy safe and secure waterways, economically prosperous fisheries and marine sectors, and sustainable aquatic ecosystems.

The Honourable Keith Ashfield, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada