Report on Plans and Priorities 2015-16

Analysis of Programs by Strategic Outcome

Program 1.7 - International Engagement


Through multilateral and bilateral engagements, this program ensures access for Canadians to fish resources managed internationally, promotes sustainable regional fisheries management and healthy global marine ecosystems, and contributes to a stable international trade regime for Canadian fish and seafood products. This is achieved through a coordinated approach that reflects the Government of Canada's international priorities and the Department's scientific expertise and best management practices. The program's goals are advanced through strong relationships, common goals and coordinated strategies with international partners. Many Canadians benefit from internationally managed fish stocks, and the Canadian seafood sector relies heavily on international trade. As Canada shares three oceans, effective relations and collaboration with international, regional, and domestic partners are essential to addressing fisheries and ecosystem challenges and to advancing international standards, agreements, and management decisions.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

Main Estimates
Planned Spending
Planned Spending
Planned Spending
12,105,833 12,105,833 12,105,833 12,105,833

Human Resources (full-time equivalents)

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
46.3 46.2 46.1

Performance Measurement

Expected Result Performance Indicator Target Date to be Achieved
International fisheries management agreements and decisions reflect Canada's positions and interests Percentage of Canadian quotas/allocations for high seas fish stocks managed by Regional Fisheries Management Organizations to which Canada is a member, that are set within scientific advice 100% March 31, 2016
Fisheries and Oceans Canada's influence in relevant free trade agreements supports access to international markets for Canadian fish and seafood products Percentage of ongoing trade negotiations and/or newly completed free trade agreements that incorporate Fisheries and Oceans Canada's positions/suggested text 100% March 31, 2016
International governance regimes that ensure sustainable resource management and healthy marine ecosystems and that reflect Canadian interests Discussion with Greenland on joint management of northern shrimp and with the five Arctic Ocean coastal States on high-seas fisheries of the central Arctic Ocean 100% March 31, 2016

Planning Highlights - Organizational Priorities

  • Continue to advance Canadian objectives in international efforts to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and to improve the way global fisheries are managed through effective decision making and sound science, consistent with Canadian best practices.
  • Advance and secure Canadian access to export markets for wild fish and aquaculture products including through negotiations of key bilateral and multilateral trade agreements (e.g., Trans-Pacific Partnership) and by supporting implementation of the Comprehensive Economic trade Agreement and the Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement.
  • Support the Canadian seal industry by promoting market access, countering misinformation about Canadian seal products, and working with stakeholders to establish new markets for seal products.
  • Advancing Arctic priorities in support of the Government's Northern Strategy by:
    • Ensuring that the Arctic Council and its committees continue advancing the international dimension of the Northern Strategy; and
    • Continuing to work with the four Arctic Ocean Coastal States and other international partners to implement a precautionary approach for high-seas fisheries in the central Arctic Ocean.

Planning Highlights - Program-Level

  • Support Canadian International Fisheries Objectives - Advance Canadian international fisheries objectives through multilateral regional fisheries management organizations and bilateral fisheries commissions and agreements.