Report on Plans and Priorities 2014-15

Analysis of Programs by Strategic Outcome

Program 3.7 - Hydrographic Products and Services


The safe use of Canadian waterways requires knowledge of the physical limitations to navigation. The Canadian Hydrographic Service contributes to safety on Canadian waterways by undertaking hydrographic surveys from primarily Canadian Coast Guard vessels to, measure, describe, and chart the physical features of Canada's oceans and navigable inland waters. As Canada's hydrographic authority, the Canadian Hydrographic Service uses these data to produce up-to-date, timely and accurate navigational products in support of domestic and international marine transportation in accordance with the requirements of the Canada Shipping Act, 2001, the Arctic Waters Pollution Prevention Act, and the International Maritime Organization's Safety of Life At Sea Convention. In addition to supporting Safe and Secure Waters strategic objectives, hydrographic information is a foundational support for a spectrum of research and development applications in engineering, ocean research, maritime security, marine navigation, ocean management, ecosystem science and the renewable and non-renewable energy sectors.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

Main Estimates
Planned Spending
Planned Spending
Planned Spending
26,671,207 26,671,207 25,336,899 24,886,108

Human Resources (full-time equivalents)

2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
264.4 259.4 256.4

Performance Measurement

Expected Result Performance Indicator Target Date to be Achieved
Users of Canada's waterways have the products and services they need for safe navigation on Canada's waterways Percentage of the planned chart production completed in national priority areas 75% March 31, 2015
Percentage of Canadian Hydrographic Service publicized levels of service that are met or near met 75% March 31, 2015

Planning Highlights

  • Advance charting work of the Canadian Hydrographic Service as well as operational oceanography to support prevention.