Report on Plans and Priorities 2014-15

Analysis of Programs by Strategic Outcome

Program 1.3 - Sustainable Aquaculture Program

Description

The mission of the Sustainable Aquaculture Program is to create the conditions for growth in the Canadian aquaculture sector by supporting a more attractive investment climate while ensuring the long term sustainability of the sector. The regulatory mandate of the program is derived from the Fisheries Act, the Fisheries Development Act, and the Oceans Act. Fisheries and Oceans Canada, as the lead federal organization for aquaculture, provides a horizontally managed and integrated intradepartmental approach to create the optimal conditions for the sector, mainly via the establishment of regulations and extensive collaboration with private and public sector stakeholders. The program is delivered in collaboration with other federal departments, provincial and territorial governments, industry, the private sector, non-government organizations, and other stakeholders. The Department's scientific expertise plays an important role in supporting sustainable aquaculture production.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2014-15
Main Estimates
2014-15
Planned Spending
2015-16
Planned Spending
2016-17
Planned Spending
29,222,400 29,222,400 27,805,819 27,805,813

Human Resources (full-time equivalents)

2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
173.5 173.5 173.5

Performance Measurement

Expected Result Performance Indicator Target Date to be Achieved
Sustainable Aquaculture Program decision-making is informed by sound knowledge and information as well as engagement from provinces, territories and a range of other partners and stakeholders Percentage of planned regulations, policies, projects and activities that are completed based on sound knowledge and information and external engagement 100% March 31, 2015

Theme III

Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (FSDS) Target Led by Fisheries and Oceans Canada

 

FSDS Goal FSDS Performance Indicator FSDS Target
Goal 5: Biological Resources:
Efficient economic and ecological use of resources - Production and consumption of biological resources are sustainable
Aquaculture under a science framework: the extent to which aquaculture is managed under a science-based environmental regulatory framework Sustainable Aquaculture: By 2020, all aquaculture in Canada is managed under a science-based regime that promotes the sustainable use of aquatic resources (including marine, freshwater, and land based) in ways that conserve biodiversity

Planning Highlights

  • Implement a modernized aquaculture regulatory framework to ensure regulatory predictability and transparency for the aquaculture industry through a renewed Sustainable Aquaculture Program. This is a multi-year initiative.

The Sustainable Aquaculture Program is delivered through three sub-programs as indicated in the Program Alignment Architecture:


Sub-program 1.3.1 - Aquaculture Management

Description

Aquaculture Management focuses on managing existing regulatory responsibilities as well as working with provinces and territories on regulatory consistency and streamlining, particularly through the development and implementation of the Release of Aquaculture Substances Regulatory Regime and the current federal-provincial-territorial initiative, under the Canadian Council of Fisheries and Aquaculture Ministers, to implement a renewed National Code on Introductions and Transfers of Aquatic Organisms. Aquaculture Management includes activities that support sustainable growth and development of the sector, including consideration of market opportunities and needs, transparency through sustainability reporting, and managing risks associated with the movement of aquatic organisms. Aquaculture Management also includes ensuring that domestic regulatory responsibilities are consistent with international commitments and responsibilities. Liaison among the Aquaculture Management sub-program and other departmental policies and programs that affect aquaculture (e.g. Canadian Shellfish Sanitation Program, fisheries renewal and fisheries protection) will continue to be provided. In addition, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, in partnership with other government departments will support the increasing number of Aboriginal communities interested in aquaculture to develop viable aquaculture business plans and assist in bringing them to fruition.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2014-15
Planned Spending
2015-16
Planned Spending
2016-17
Planned Spending
8,308,944 6,979,159 6,979,159

Human Resources (full-time equivalents)

2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
16.0 16.0 16.0

Performance Measurement

Expected Result Performance Indicator Target Date to be Achieved
Increasing transparency, coordination and streamlining regulations, policies, projects and implementation activities Percentage of planned activities for regulatory/policies improvements that are completed 90% March 31, 2015
A renewed and coordinated national approach to managing ecological and genetic risks associated with the movement of aquatic organisms Completed steps necessary to implement Canada's renewed National Code on Introductions and Transfers of Aquatic Organisms 100% March 31, 2015

Sub-program 1.3.2 - British Columbia Aquaculture Regulatory Program

Description

The British Columbia Aquaculture Regulatory Program was developed by Fisheries and Oceans Canada in response to a February 2009 British Columbia Supreme Court decision which held that the activity of finfish aquaculture is a fishery and falls under the exclusive jurisdiction of the federal government. Specifically, the Program is designed to implement federal regulations under the Fisheries Act (Pacific Aquaculture Regulations) and to ensure that aquaculture in British Columbia is sustainable and is conducted in a manner that minimizes the risks to wild fish stocks. The British Columbia Aquaculture Regulatory Program includes a range of areas and activities, including and related to: introductions and transfers licensing, conditions of licence, environmental and fish health management, compliance and enforcement, consultations and engagement, and public reporting.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2014-15
Planned Spending
2015-16
Planned Spending
2016-17
Planned Spending
6,327,663 6,240,867 6,240,867

Human Resources (full-time equivalents)

2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
50.0 50.0 50.0

Performance Measurement

Expected Result Performance Indicator Target Date to be Achieved
A transparent regulatory regime for aquaculture in British Columbia Percentage of planned activities for regulatory/policies improvements that are completed 90% March 31, 2015
Integrated Management of Aquaculture Plans for freshwater created, taking into account the Aquaculture Management Advisory Process established to hear the views of First Nations and other stakeholder groups Completed actions required to implement the Integrated Management of Aquaculture Plan for freshwater 100% March 31, 2015

Sub-program 1.3.3 - Sustainable Aquaculture Science Program

Description

Science has an important role to play in supporting the Department's commitment to sustainable aquaculture. Fisheries and Oceans Canada's science, risk assessment and advisory efforts are directed towards understanding the environmental and biological interactions between aquaculture and the aquatic environment including fish health management, in order to support the Department's regulatory, policy and management decisions, and through contributing new knowledge to support sustainable aquaculture in Canada. This research results in more scientific certainty about how the anticipated growth of aquaculture can take place in a manner consistent with the assimilative capacity of the natural aquatic environment and Canada's commitment to sustainable development and informs the development and implementation of effective area-wide/ecosystem and integrated management strategies.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2014-15
Planned Spending
2015-16
Planned Spending
2016-17
Planned Spending
14,585,793 14,585,793 14,585,787

Human Resources (full-time equivalents)

2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
107.5 107.5 107.5

Performance Measurement

Expected Result Performance Indicator Target Date to be Achieved
Policy and decision makers have access to a sound aquaculture science knowledge base Percentage of key priority areas addressed as agreed to with senior management a priority 90% March 31, 2015