Report on Plans and Priorities 2014-15

Analysis of Programs by Strategic Outcome

Program 1.8 - Marine Navigation


The Canadian Coast Guard's Marine Navigation program provides Canadian and international commercial marine transportation sectors, fishers, and pleasure craft operators with information and services that facilitate economical and efficient movement of maritime commerce in support of economic prosperity. Program services include providing survey and forecast information on certain commercial channels to identify available water depth, restrictions, or hazards to navigation; dredging services; marine structures contributing to the maintenance of certain waterway's ship channels; aids to navigation systems including short-range marine aids such as buoys and fixed aids to navigation, the Differential Global Positioning System, and information to mariners; assistance to beset vessels in ice; opening of tracks through shore-fast ice; harbour breakouts; ice routing advice, ice information, and escorting service to ships in ice-covered waters; and risk management of flooding on the St. Lawrence River through the monitoring, prevention, and breaking up of ice jams. Program services also contribute to Arctic sovereignty by transporting goods/supplies to northern communities and being a visible federal government marine presence in the Canadian North. Marine Navigation supports economic prosperity by ensuring economical, efficient, and safe access to the Canadian marine transportation networks.

This program is guided by various international organizations such as the International Association of Marine Aids and Lighthouse Authorities, of which the Canadian Coast Guard is an active member.

This program is delivered in coordination with Coast Guard's Fleet Operational Readiness and Shore-Based Asset Readiness programs, Canadian Hydrographic Services, Public Works and Government Services Canada, and Environment Canada. Legal authority for this program is found in the Constitution Act, 1867; the Oceans Act; and the Canada Shipping Act, 2001.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

Main Estimates
Planned Spending
Planned Spending
Planned Spending
34,167,537 34,167,537 34,305,370 34,466,905

Human Resources (full-time equivalents)

2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
231.0 231.0 231.0

Performance Measurement

Expected Result Performance Indicator Target Date to be Achieved
The commercial shipping industry and mariners are provided with marine navigation support to facilitate access to/movement through main marine channels Five year average of total annual international and domestic tonnage handled Maintain or improve
5-year average
of 452,000t
(most recent available
period - 2006-10)
March 31, 2015

Planning Highlights

  • Take initial steps to establish an internationally recognized Incident Command System, to improve the Canadian Coast Guard's ability to manage responses to marine pollution incidents in collaboration with key emergency response partners and review aids to navigation.
  • Advance the Northern Marine Transportation Corridors initiative with Transport Canada in the context of the Government's Northern Strategy.
  • Implement Version 2 of the e-Navigation portal based on feedback from stakeholders. E-Navigation will allow for accurate and reliable navigational information to be made available and used by vessels and shore authorities to support effective decision-making, minimize human error and enhance communications.
  • Continue the renewal of the Marine Services Fees by advancing the Departmental commitment to review and rebuild the costing methodology in accordance with the guidance provided by the User Fees Act, with a view to amending the fees. In 2014-15, the Canadian Coast Guard will continue consultations on costing methodologies related to services.