Report on Plans and Priorities 2015-16

Analysis of Programs by Strategic Outcome

Program 1.5 - Aquatic Animal Health


In collaboration with the Canadian Food Inspection AgencyFootnote1, the Department co-delivers Canada's National Aquatic Animal Health ProgramFootnote2. The objective of the program is to protect against the introduction or spread of serious infectious diseases of national and international importance, in both wild and cultured aquatic animals. This protection is critical to safeguarding the health of Canada's aquatic resources and both Canada's domestic and export markets for fish and seafood products. In doing so, National Aquatic Animal Health Program provides greater economic stability and potential for growth of the industries and regions that depend on these resources. The Department provides the scientific advice, diagnostic testing and research which inform the certification of aquatic animal health status and support the delivery of federal responsibilities under the Health of Animals ActFootnote3 and the Fisheries ActFootnote4. The program also supports the delivery of other Fisheries and Oceans Canada program activities, such as the Salmon Enhancement Program, Biotechnology and Genomics, and the Sustainable Aquaculture Science Program.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

Main Estimates
Planned Spending
Planned Spending
Planned Spending
5,503,416 5,503,416 5,503,416 5,503,416

Human Resources (full-time equivalents)

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
52.6 53.5 55.0

Performance Measurement

Expected Result Performance Indicator Target Date to be Achieved
Decision makers have access to diagnostic test results for the regulation of aquatic animal health Percentage of tests completed for submitted fish samples at Fisheries and Oceans Canada National Aquatic Animal Health Laboratory System Laboratories within the agreed timeline 100% March 31, 2016
Decision makers have access to scientific knowledge and advice to support the regulation of aquatic animal health Percentage of research project milestones completed as planned 90% March 31, 2016