Report on Plans and Priorities 2015-16

Analysis of Programs by Strategic Outcome

Program 1.9 - Small Craft Harbours


Under the authority of the Fishing and Recreational Harbours ActFootnote1 and its regulations, the Small Craft Harbours program operates and maintains a national network of harbours in support of the principal and evolving needs of the commercial fishing industry and the broader interests of coastal communities. Investment in small craft harbour infrastructure supports the economic prosperity of Canada's fisheries and maritime sectors and contributes to public safety. The Small Craft Harbours program focuses its resources on keeping fishing harbours that are critical to the commercial fishing industry in good repair. The program is delivered in cooperation with Harbour AuthoritiesFootnote2, local not-for-profit organizations representing the interests of both commercial fish harvesters and the broader community, who manage the harbours under lease agreements with Fisheries and Oceans Canada. In line with the program's mandate to support the commercial fishing industry, low activity fishing harbours and recreational harbours are divested to third parties. The Small Craft Harbours program is funded through an annual appropriation which includes two transfer payment programs: the Small Craft Harbours Class Grant Program and the Small Craft Harbours Class Contribution Program.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

Main Estimates
Planned Spending
Planned Spending
Planned Spending
114,501,031 114,501,031 92,301,012 92,301,012

Human Resources (full-time equivalents)

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
160.0 160.0 160.0

Performance Measurement

Expected Result Performance Indicator Target Date to be Achieved
Network of safe and accessible harbours that contribute to the commercial fishing industry Percentage of facilities at core fishing harbours in fair or better condition 80% March 31, 2016
Activities at small craft harbours result in economic benefits Gross domestic product generated by Small Craft Harbours activities $80.0M
A-base baseline)
March 31, 2016
Harbour Authorities operate and manage core fishing harbours Percentage of core fishing harbours that are operated and managed by Harbour Authorities >90% March 31, 2016

Planning Highlights - Organizational Priorities

  • Support commercial fisheries by making improvements during 2015-16 to Canada's small craft harbours (year 2 of 2 of the Economic Action Plan 2014).