Report on Plans and Priorities 2014-15

Analysis of Programs by Strategic Outcome

Program 1.10 - Territorial Delineation


The definition and description of Canada's maritime boundaries is reliant on hydrographic data and marine geodetic expertise. Canada ratified the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea in 2003 and in December 2013 submitted evidence in support of the establishment of the outer limits of Canada's continental shelf beyond the current 200-mile Exclusive Economic Zone. Fisheries and Oceans Canada is responsible for the provision of ongoing marine geodetic expertise and hydrographic data to defend Canada's evidence submission to the United Nations Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (the Commission). The Department will continue to work closely with the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development and Natural Resources Canada in this endeavour. In addition to its direct contribution to Canada's submission to the Commission, the program defines the geographic positions for all Canadian offshore maritime boundaries and provides the geodetic evidence to resolve boundary disputes (e.g., Beaufort Sea) and prosecutions related to the violation of international maritime law (e.g., foreign fishing). Through the international recognition of these limits and boundaries, Canada is able to assert its sovereign right and secure its maritime boundaries. There is a linkage between this program and Maritime Security and Enforcement.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

Main Estimates
Planned Spending
Planned Spending
Planned Spending
742,607 742,607 751,214 778,794

Human Resources (full-time equivalents)

2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
13.0 13.0 13.0

Performance Measurement

Expected Result Performance Indicator Target Date to be Achieved
Canada's maritime limits and boundaries are well defined in accordance with international standards and are made available and supported with ongoing geodetic expertise for advice to decision makers and regulators Percentage of materials (documentation, models, software, etc.) successfully archived for Canada's December 2013 submission to the United Nations Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf 100% March 31, 2015
Percentage of advice and expert reports accepted for defining or defending the geographic description of Canada's maritime limits and boundaries 100% March 31, 2015