Report on Plans and Priorities 2014-15

Analysis of Programs by Strategic Outcome

Program 2.1 - Compliance and Enforcement

Description

The Compliance and Enforcement program promotes and maintains compliance with legislation, regulations, and management measures implemented to achieve the conservation and sustainable use of Canada's aquatic resources and the protection of species at risk, fish habitat, and oceans. The program is delivered through a balanced regulatory management and enforcement approach, including the promotion of compliance through education and shared stewardship; monitoring, control, and surveillance activities; and the management of major cases/special investigations related to complex compliance issues. The program works closely with the Ecosystems and Fisheries Management Sector, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and industry partners to ensure peaceful and orderly fisheries. It makes a significant contribution, with the Canadian Coast Guard, to the protection of Canadian sovereignty and assists the Department of National Defence in the identification of potential marine security threats through extensive marine surveillance activities. It plays a key role along with Ecosystems and Fisheries Management, Environment Canada, and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency in the administration of the Canadian Shellfish Sanitation Program to help ensure that the public is protected from contaminated fisheries products.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2014-15
Main Estimates
2014-15
Planned Spending
2015-16
Planned Spending
2016-17
Planned Spending
101,372,908 101,372,908 100,473,991 100,473,941

Human Resources (full-time equivalents)

2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
724.6 724.6 724.6

Performance Measurement

Expected Result Performance Indicator Target Date to be Achieved
Canadian and International individuals and organizations act in accordance with the legislation, regulations and other managing frameworks that govern Canadian waterways, fisheries, oceans, and habitat Percentage rate of compliance by various sectors of the regulated community (e.g. commercial fisheries, recreational fisheries, development projects impacting fish habitat, etc.) 90% March 31, 2015
Violation Severity Index (Weighted measure of distribution of all violations detected on an annual basis) This is a new indicator. The target will be set
in 2014-15.
N/A

Planning Highlights

  • Continue to advance and support global efforts against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated fishing,collaborating with international partners to advance the Illegal, Unreported and Unregulatedpolicy framework (e.g., through the Food and Agriculture Organization) and working collaboratively with our partners and stakeholders in detecting and combatting organized crime, fraud and collusion in the fishery (domestic and international) and other forms of non-compliance. This is a multi-year initiative.
  • Continue in its transformation to a national intelligence-led enforcement model for compliance and enforcementwhile building bridges and partnerships within the global intelligence community and among Canada's maritime and national security enforcement partners and agencies. This is a multi-year initiative.

The Compliance and Enforcement program is delivered through five sub-programs as indicated in the Program Alignment Architecture:


Sub-program 2.1.1 - Education and Shared Stewardship

Description

The Education and Shared Stewardship program consists of the suite of essential activities for promoting compliance, through strategies such as education, promotional campaigns, and engagement of partners and stakeholders. Educational activities raise awareness and understanding, resulting in a more informed public and resource users improving their ability to comply with regulatory requirements. Promotional campaigns cultivate a conservation ethic in stakeholders and the general public, motivating them to higher rates of voluntary compliance. Engagement of First Nations, clients, and other interest groups in compliance management decision-making and in the delivery of compliance functions increases a sense of ownership and stewardship responsibility in the management regimes for aquatic resources. This program will evolve from strictly school visits and other activities aimed at the general public towards further engagement of targeted resource user groups and the seafood supply chain. Collectively, Education and Shared Stewardship programs promote compliance and build support for the future.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2014-15
Planned Spending
2015-16
Planned Spending
2016-17
Planned Spending
8,352,681 8,352,680 8,352,680

Human Resources (full-time equivalents)

2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
59.0 59.0 59.0

Performance Measurement

Expected Result Performance Indicator Target Date to be Achieved
Users of Canadian fisheries and oceans have access to relevant information and are informed of the rules and regulations relating to the protection of Canada's fish and fish habitat Percentage of dedicated hours that Fishery Officers are engaged in outreach activities 10% March 31, 2015

Sub-program 2.1.2 - Monitoring, Control and Surveillance

Description

The Monitoring, Control and Surveillance program is comprised of a number of traditional compliance and enforcement activities aimed at detecting and deterring illegal activities. Monitoring fishing and other activities provides an oversight function to determine participants' compliance with the legislation, regulations, and management measures in effect. Land-, water-, and air-based surveillance is supported by the use of modern technology such as vessel monitoring systems and video monitoring, as well as radar and satellite surveillance to detect illegal activities. Third-party services provided through the guardian, at-sea observer, and dockside monitoring programs, as well as partnerships and joint operations with police and a number of other enforcement agencies, make important contributions to this program. The general public assists by reporting violations through "Observe, Record, Report" programs. To deter illegal activities, enforcement actions are carried out, and include warnings, seizures, arrests, directions, orders, diversions, ticketing, charges, and prosecutions.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2014-15
Planned Spending
2015-16
Planned Spending
2016-17
Planned Spending
48,633,081 48,513,841 48,513,808

Human Resources (full-time equivalents)

2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
353.0 353.0 353.0

Performance Measurement

Expected Result Performance Indicator Target Date to be Achieved
Users of Canadian fisheries and oceans understand their obligations and are committed to meeting those obligations Percentage of high risk violations that are responded to >95% March 31, 2015
Successful prosecution rate >80% March 31, 2015

Sub-program 2.1.3 - Major Cases and Special Investigations

Description

The Major Cases and Special Investigations program focuses attention on solving high-risk complex compliance issues that pose significant threat to the sustainability of Canada's aquatic resources and that cannot be addressed through education or regular monitoring, control and surveillance activities. Special investigative techniques, including covert operations, technical surveillance, use of search warrants and information technology forensics, are applied to address the unique difficulties encountered in addressing illegal fishing and other activities. Formal intelligence gathering and analysis, inter-agency cooperation and networking, and alignment and integration of data systems with visual analytics tools permit more accurate identification of enforcement targets and enable the building of major case files for successful prosecutions. This program meets domestic and international commitments to address illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing, and to protect habitat and species at risk, contributing to sustainable aquatic ecosystems, supporting legitimate economic activities, and protecting consumers from illegally harvested fisheries products.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2014-15
Planned Spending
2015-16
Planned Spending
2016-17
Planned Spending
12,394,141 12,441,200 12,441,183

Human Resources (full-time equivalents)

2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
78.0 78.0 78.0

Performance Measurement

Expected Result Performance Indicator Target Date to be Achieved
Those that do not comply with legislation, regulations and other managing frameworks that govern Canadian waterways, fisheries, oceans and habitat are held accountable for their actions Percentage of major cases successfully prosecuted 90% March 31, 2016

Sub-program 2.1.4 - Compliance and Enforcement Program Capacity

Description

Compliance and Enforcement Program Capacity involves development and support of a skilled, equipped, well-informed, safe, and effective workforce. The foundation for this compliance and enforcement program is the recruitment of Fishery Officers through the Fishery Officer Career Progression Program. On-going training including very specialized enforcement and intelligence training is another key element that requires regular investment. A strong legal and policy framework as well as systems for information collection and analysis are also important components of the support structure. Standards, audits, and Codes of Conduct ensure that enforcement of acts and regulations is carried out in a fair, predictable, impartial, and consistent manner and in keeping with the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Acquisition and management of equipment, vehicles, and vessels is necessary to ensure a well-equipped and effective workforce. Finally, strategic planning and integrated risk assessments are carried out to identify operational priorities and to ensure the right balance of tools and approaches are used to achieve the program objectives.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2014-15
Planned Spending
2015-16
Planned Spending
2016-17
Planned Spending
31,274,722 30,631,042 31,166,270

Human Resources (full-time equivalents)

2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
234.6 234.6 234.6

Performance Measurement

Expected Result Performance Indicator Target Date to be Achieved
Canada has the capacity to effectively administer and enforce the legislation, regulations, and other managing frameworks that govern Canadian waterways, fisheries, oceans, and habitat in a fair, predictable and consistent manner Percentage of Fishery Officer Cadets successfully graduating, completing 30 month field training and remaining with Compliance and Enforcement after 5 years of service 75% March 31, 2015

Sub-program 2.1.5 - Intelligence Services

Description

The primary objective of Intelligence Services is to collect and analyze all-source informationFootnote1 to produce finished intelligence that impacts on decision-makers to support knowledgeable and wise decision-making. In essence, intelligence provides advice about those aspects of the operational environment on which the decision-maker should focus attention. As the Conservation and Protection program evolves to an "intelligence-led organization", accurate actionable intelligence and an ability to establish priorities and follow-up action plans will help to control, reduce, or more importantly mitigate in advance, threats and risks, which is essential to the success of the program and for corporate accountability. Establishment of an intelligence model as a core business practice within the Conservation and Protection program will allow for analyses of fisheries management and compliance practices in order to move beyond crisis response and strategically focus resources on the areas of greatest risk thus ensuring maximum program effectiveness.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2014-15
Planned Spending
2015-16
Planned Spending
2016-17
Planned Spending
718,283 535,228

Human Resources (full-time equivalents)

2014-15 2015-16 2016-17

Performance Measurement

Expected Result Performance Indicator Target Date to be Achieved
Progress in implementing a National Fisheries Intelligence Service that provides accurate and meaningful information and insights to support compliance and enforcement decision-making, priority setting and effective threat-risk mitigation and prevention by Conservation and Protection aimed at strengthening maritime security and aid in detecting and combatting organized crime, fraud and collusion in the fishery (domestic and international) and other forms of non-compliance Number of intelligence products by type

Year 1 - 15
Year 2 - 30
Year 3 - 45
Year 4 - 60
Year 5 - 75

Projections subject to program capacity

March 31, 2015
to
March 31, 2019
Number of catch certificate audits performed annually relative to the total number of catch certificates issued annually by Canada 100 out of the total number of catch certificates issued
(total number to be determined by the end of 2014-15)
March 31, 2015
National Post-Issuance Catch Certification Audit Compliance Rates for certificates issued in the previous calendar year 45% Audit compliant (no compliance or technical issues encountered); 85% Fisheries Act compliant March 31, 2015