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Report on Plans and Priorities 2014-15

Risk Analysis

Fisheries and Oceans Canada operates in a dynamic and changing environment. Northern development and the expansion of navigable waters, environmental changes and severe weather events, changes in the Canadian workforce, technological advances, changing maritime safety and security demands, and globalization of fisheries markets are among the factors impacting the Department. The current fiscal environment continues to require the Department to reassess how it conducts its business, provides services and delivers on its programs to meet client and stakeholder needs.

This operating environment raises many challenges to which the Department must be responsive. In this changing environment, the Department has identified three mission-critical corporate risks, reflected in the table below, which may affect the Department in the next two to three years. While these risks have not materialized and ultimately may not, they represent significant aspects of the Department’s operations and mandate. As such, the Department is responding by treating, monitoring and mitigating each risk to ensure that Canadian waters remain safe and secure, that Canadians and stakeholders in maritime sectors and fisheries continue to receive the services they depend on, and that Canada continues to support a sustainable aquatic environment.

The risks and risk response strategies identified below reflect the decisions of the Department’s senior management. For each mission critical risk, a tailored action plan has been developed and implemented to reduce the potential impact and/or likelihood of the risk occurring. Each risk will also be monitored through the use of indicators to ensure the associated action plans are helping to reduce the risk’s severity. These action plans and indicators are key to the Department’s proactive approach in managing its corporate risks. Additional details regarding each risk and the action plans to be implemented in 2014-15 can be found in the table below.

Mission Critical Risks

Risk Statement Risk Response Strategy and Action Plans Link to Program Alignment Architecture
Environmental Impacts on Fisheries Risk
As a result of changing oceanographic and freshwater conditions, there is a risk that Canada’s fish stocks may fluctuate in an unpredictable manner and affect the Department's and its provincial/territorial partners’ management of the fisheries.

 

Potential Impact: Very High
Likelihood: Likely

Response Strategy: Treat1

Action Plans:

  • Assess and better define the risks that climate change presents to the Department’s programs through the Climate Change Adaptation Program.
  • Implement the Fisheries Protection Program.
  • Continue to monitor stock indicators and alert fisheries managers to population changes exceeding indicator thresholds.
Specialized Recruitment Risk
As a result of ongoing pressures in recruiting for the marine sector and other specialized professions, there is a risk that the Department may not be able to attract a sufficient and representative workforce for these areas.

 

Potential Impact – Medium
Likelihood – Moderate

Response Strategy: Treat

Action Plans:

  • Plan and implement the human resources management control framework and the human resources service delivery model.
  • Raise recruitment and retention issues with Treasury Board Secretariat, as required.
  • Develop and implement a medium to long-term recruitment and staffing strategy to sustain a sufficient and representative workforce by retaining talented employees and attracting new highly-skilled employees.
Hazard and Crisis Risk
As a result of the increased complexity and volume of marine traffic, growing diversity in ocean usage, and climate change, there is a risk that the Department may experience challenges in responding to hazards and crises.

 

Potential Impact – Medium
Likelihood – Moderate

Response Strategy: Treat

Action Plans:

  • Establish and implement the Incident Command System.
  • Implement the Strategic Emergency Management Plan.
  • Implement the Departmental Security Plan.
  • Ensure Business Continuity Plans have been updated and tested.
  • Renew assets by continuing to implement the Fleet Renewal Plan to procure helicopters and new large and small vessels, and extend the life of existing vessels.

 

1 Response Strategy is defined as: Treat – mitigate risk by reducing impact and/or likelihood of a threat; or Tolerate – tolerate and monitor the risk where it is the only reasonable course of action, or if the cost of taking any action is prohibitive.