Report on Plans and Priorities 2014-15

Analysis of Programs by Strategic Outcome

Program 2.5 - Oceans Management


The Oceans Act and its supporting policy, Canada's Oceans Strategy, affirm Fisheries and Oceans Canada's mandate and role as the lead federal authority for the oceans and provide a framework for modern management of estuarine, coastal and marine ecosystems. Oceans Management involves an integrated and evidence-based approach to decisions and actions relating to the oceans. Oceans Management is interdisciplinary in nature and is conducted in collaboration with other federal departments, other levels of government, Aboriginal groups, users, and other non-government stakeholders. Building on a foundation of science, Oceans Management seeks to address a number of challenges facing Canada's oceans, such as oceans health, marine habitat loss, declining biodiversity and growing demands for access to ocean space and resources. Implementation of integrated decisions that consider ecological, social and economic impacts will result in the protection, conservation and sustainable use of Canada's oceans.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

Main Estimates
Planned Spending
Planned Spending
Planned Spending
38,351,812 38,351,812 36,095,165 30,551,721

Human Resources (full-time equivalents)

2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
285.5 283.5 266.5

Performance Measurement

Expected Result Performance Indicator Target Date to be Achieved
Oceans related decisions and actions are integrated and take into account the health of Canada's oceans Percentage of coastal and marine territory conserved by Oceans Act Marine Protected Areas and other effective area-based conservation measures within Fisheries and Oceans Canada's mandate 3% (contributing
to the
national target of
10% by 2020)

Theme III

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

FSDS Goal FSDS Performance Indicator FSDS Target
Goal 4: Conserving and Restoring Ecosystems, Wildlife and Habitat, and Protecting Canadians: Resilient ecosystems with healthy wildlife populations so Canadians can enjoy benefits from natural spaces, resources and ecological services for generations to come Percentage of total coastal and marine territory conserved in marine protected areas and other effective area-based conservation measures Marine Ecosystems: By 2020, 10% of coastal and marine areas are conserved through networks of protected areas and other effective area-based conservation measures

Planning Highlights

  • Advance Arctic priorities in support of the Government's Northern Strategy and continue to develop the Canadian High Arctic Station Science and Technology program in collaboration with Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada and other government departments.
  • Implement a comprehensive science program in support of environmental preparedness and response including research on the fate and behaviour of non-conventional petroleum products, the efficacy of remediation strategies, resource inventories and research and advice on interaction and benthic ecosystems.
  • Further increase marine protected areas, focusing on stronger marine and coastal conservation.
  • Enhance our understanding of the potential impacts of human activities on Canadian aquatic ecosystems through the Strategic Program for Ecosystem-Based Research and Advice, which provides funding for scientific research and advisory processes related to identifying threats, quantifying risk, and mitigating impacts of human activities on Canadian aquatic ecosystems.