Report on Plans and Priorities 2013-14

Organizational Priorities

For 2013-14, the Department established four organizational priorities. The four priorities and the key plans for each priority are summarized in the tables below. Additional information on how the priorities will be delivered is found in the Analysis of Programs by Strategic Outcome section under the program or programs that deliver the priority.

The four priorities for 2013-14 are as follows:


Renewing Canadian Coast Guard Assets and Service Delivery Contributing to…
• All Strategic Outcomes
Type:
Ongoing

Why is this a priority?

  • The objective of this priority is to ensure that the Canadian Coast Guard is equipped with the tools it needs to keep Canada's waters safe and secure.

Plans for meeting this priority:


Advancing Management and Operational Excellence Contributing to…
• All Strategic Outcomes
Type:
Ongoing

Why is this a priority?

  • The objective of this priority is to continue the cultural transformation of corporate functions into results-based, service-oriented strategic functions to support decision-making based on performance management and risk while balancing fiscal realities.

Plans for meeting this priority:

  • Transform the human resources management agenda by better managing short-term priorities through the implementation of the Framework for Work Force Adjustment and Organizational Transformation, delivering on ongoing operations through the Management Control Framework, and developing a long-term strategic direction to attain a high performance, collaborative, innovative, and diverse workforce of the future. (Internal Services)
  • Strengthen financial management through internal control and financial systems to better support decision-making and reinforce the underpinnings of financial management. (Internal Services)
  • Implement good management practices as defined by the Management Accountability Framework by maintaining or improving ratings for each area of management assessed.
  • As a means of promoting effective cost-recovery and client-centred service, initiate a review of departmental fees/service standards and ensure Fisheries and Oceans Canada's compliance with the User Fees Act. (1.1 Integrated Fisheries Management; 1.8 Marine Navigation)
  • Implement the new Fisheries and Oceans Canada Values and Ethics Code. (Internal Services)
  • Develop and implement the Public Service Employee Survey Action Plan and monitor actions. (Internal Services)
  • Demonstrate leadership in Information Management and Technology Services by developing a roadmap for future strategic technology directions, implementing progressive and innovative working arrangements (e.g., Workplace 2.0 and an associated pilot), expanding the use of web technology, implementing application and information strategies to improve service delivery, and continuing to invest in initiatives to safeguard the Department's information assets. (Internal Services)
  • Advance real property initiatives to support cost-effectiveness and efficiency while minimizing the Department's footprint. This includes implementing the Real Property Portfolio Strategy (e.g., both investment and disposal opportunities of properties), delivering on “pathfinder projects” to test innovative approaches to achieving operational, affordability, and project delivery capabilities, implementing environmental strategies, and contributing to greening government. (1.9 Small Craft Harbours; Internal Services)

Aligning Legislative and Regulatory Frameworks to Support Long-term Sustainability and Prosperity Contributing to…
• Economically Prosperous Maritime Sectors and Fisheries
• Sustainable Aquatic Ecosystems
Type:
New

Why is this a priority?

  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada will support the Government of Canada's priority of streamlining legislative and regulatory processes in a manner that supports the prosperity and sustainability of Canada's ocean and freshwater resources.

Plans for meeting this priority:


Improving Fisheries Management Contributing to…
• Economically Prosperous Maritime Sectors and Fisheries
• Sustainable Aquatic Ecosystems
Type:
Ongoing

Why is this a priority?

  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada plans to advance incremental, market-oriented reforms to support competitive and sustainable commercial fisheries and aquaculture, and to support the industry so that it is better positioned to adjust to economic fluctuation.

Plans for meeting this priority:

  • Implement and extend fisheries management measures and operational reforms, including a risk-based national catch monitoring system and extending tradeable share/quotas where feasible and appropriate, to make Canada's fisheries more competitive, stable, and sustainable. (1.1 Integrated Fisheries Management)
  • Continue to ensure strategic alignment of small craft harbour services and infrastructure to support economically prosperous fisheries. (1.9 Small Craft Harbours)
  • Ensure the continued growth of an economically prosperous, environmentally sustainable, and socially acceptable aquaculture sector through sound regulations and programs, and anticipating the possible implications that court decisions, similar to the British Columbia Supreme Court ruling on aquaculture, could have for the industry and other Canadian jurisdictions. (1.3 Sustainable Aquaculture Program)
  • Commission of Inquiry into the Decline of Sockeye Salmon in the Fraser River - Review Commissioner Cohen's findings and recommendations in the Final Report of the Commission of Inquiry into the Decline of Sockeye Salmon in the Fraser River. (Internal Services)
  • Support Aboriginal participation in the fisheries and meet Crown obligations by developing a strategy for addressing Section 35 fishing rights. (1.2 Aboriginal Strategies and Governance)
  • Improve market access and trade for Canada's wild and aquaculture fish and seafood products through effective management of key bilateral relationships (e.g., France and the European Union) and priority issues with the United States (e.g., Chapter 4 Pacific Salmon Treaty), and by participation in 'whole of government' trade initiatives, such as discussions on the Transpacific Partnership and market access in South America, China, and India. (1.7 International Engagement)