Report on Plans and Priorities 2015-16

Analysis of Programs by Strategic Outcome

Program 1.8 - Marine Navigation


The Canadian Coast Guard Marine Navigation program provides Canadian and international commercial marine transportation sectors, fishers, and pleasure craft operators with information and services to facilitate the economical and efficient movement of maritime commerce. Program services include providing survey and forecast information on commercial channels to identify water depth, restrictions, or hazards to navigation; dredging services; marine structures to maintain certain ship channel waterways; aids to navigation, for example short-range marine aids such as buoys, fixed aids to navigation, the Differential Global Positioning System, and information to mariners; assistance to vessels stuck in ice; maintaining tracks through ice-infested channels; breaking out ice in commercial and fishing harbours; providing ice routing advice and information and escorting ships in ice-covered waters; and monitoring and breaking up ice jams to prevent flooding on the St. Lawrence River. Program services also contribute to the development of the Arctic by transporting goods and supplies to northern communities and by maintaining a visible Canadian marine presence in the North. The program is delivered in coordination with the Coast Guard's Fleet Operational Readiness and Shore-based Asset Readiness programs, Canadian Hydrographic ServicesFootnote1, Public Works and Government Services CanadaFootnote2, and Environment CanadaFootnote3. The program's legal basis derives from the Constitution Act, 1867Footnote4; the Oceans ActFootnote5; and the Canada Shipping Act, 2001Footnote6.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

Main Estimates
Planned Spending
Planned Spending
Planned Spending
41,828,751 41,828,751 45,683,715 45,702,530

Human Resources (full-time equivalents)

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
243.0 254.0 254.0

Performance Measurement

Expected Result Performance Indicator Target Date to be Achieved
Contribute to safe and efficient Canadian marine transportation Five year average of total annual international and domestic tonnage handled Maintain or improve 5-year average of 453,100,000t
(most recent available period - 2008-2012)
March 31, 2016

Planning Highlights - Organizational Priorities

  • Support Speech from the Throne commitment to act on advice from the Expert Panel on Tanker Safety to create a world class tanker safety system, through the following activities:
    • Enhancing Canada's marine navigation system, including its supporting infrastructure, by leveraging the implementation of the e-Navigation concept in Canadian waters which provides mariners and shore authorities with official and real time information to support decision making and proactively identify high-risk situations; and
    • Improving the aids to navigation system in Kitimat, British Columbia to meet user requirements in an effective and efficient manner.
  • Advancing Arctic priorities in support of the Government's Northern Strategy by:
    • Advancing key elements of the Arctic Marine Transportation Strategy, affirming the Northern Marine Transportation Corridors Initiative, an approach to identify efficient and safe corridors to facilitate sustainable growth and enhance marine safety, and using science advice and technology to guide implementation.