Report on Plans and Priorities 2015-16

Analysis of Programs by Strategic Outcome

Program 1.10 - Territorial Delineation


The definition and description of Canada's maritime boundaries is reliant on hydrographic data and nautical geodeticFootnote1 expertise. Fisheries and Oceans Canada's Canadian Hydrographic Service and Oceanographic Services is responsible for the provision of hydrographic and nautical data and nautical geodetic expertise. The program's technical experts define the geographic positions for all Canadian offshore maritime limits and boundaries and provide the nautical geodetic evidence to resolve boundary disputes (e.g., Beaufort Sea, Hans Island) and prosecutions related to the violation of international maritime law (e.g., foreign fishing), as well as other infractions in Canadian waters. Through the international recognition of these limits and boundaries, Canada is able to assert its sovereign rights to resources, and to secure its maritime boundaries. Canada ratified the United NationsFootnote2 Convention on the Law of the Sea and in 2013 submitted evidence to the United Nations Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (the Commission) in support of the establishment of the outer limits of Canada's continental shelf beyond the current 200-mile Exclusive Economic Zone. Canada also submitted a preliminary report indicating that an Arctic submission would be forthcoming after further data collection. The Department works closely in this endeavour with Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development CanadaFootnote3 and Natural Resources CanadaFootnote4 to prepare the second submission in order to present and defend Canada's evidence submission to the Commission.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

Main Estimates
Planned Spending
Planned Spending
Planned Spending
1,593,377 1,593,377 1,574,440 802,491

Human Resources (full-time equivalents)

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
12.1 12.1 12.1

Performance Measurement

Expected Result Performance Indicator Target Date to be Achieved
Canada's maritime limits and boundaries are well defined in accordance with international standards and are made available and supported with ongoing geodetic expertise for advice to decision makers and regulators Percentage of total data requirements that are acquired and analysed for Canada's Arctic submission to the United Nations Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf. This is part of a three-year project. 50% March 31, 2016
Percentage of advice, expert and evidentiary reports and testimonies accepted for defining or defending the geographic description of Canada's maritime limits and boundaries 100% March 31, 2016

Planning Highlights - Program-Level

  • Support the Government of Canada's submission of Article 76 of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea by:

    • Providing hydrographic and marine geodetic expertise and support to Canada's Arctic submission to the United Nations Commission; and
    • Continuing to provide marine geodetic expertise and expert testimonies to the government at all levels for the determination and definition of the Canadian maritime boundaries and limits.