Report on Plans and Priorities 2015-16

Analysis of Programs by Strategic Outcome

Program 2.1 - Compliance and Enforcement

Description

The Compliance and Enforcement program ensures the conservation and sustainable use of Canada's aquatic resources and the protection of species at risk, fish habitat, and oceans. The program is delivered through a regulatory management and enforcement approach, and uses a number of tools to achieve its goals, including promoting compliance with legislation, regulations and management measures through education and shared stewardship; monitoring, control, and surveillance activities; and the management of major cases and special investigations. The National Fisheries Intelligence Service and Program and Operational Readiness sub-programs support the carrying out of enforcement operations. The program works closely with the Ecosystems and Fisheries Management Sector, the Royal Canadian Mounted PoliceFootnote1, various domestic and international partners including industry, to ensure peaceful and orderly fisheries. It makes a significant contribution, with the Canadian Coast Guard, to the protection of Canadian sovereignty and assists the Department of National DefenceFootnote2 with identifying potential marine security threats. It also plays a key administrative role, along with Ecosystems and Fisheries Management, Environment CanadaFootnote3, and the Canadian Food Inspection AgencyFootnote4, in the Canadian Shellfish Sanitation ProgramFootnote5 to help ensure that the public is protected from contaminated fisheries products.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2015-16
Main Estimates
2015-16
Planned Spending
2016-17
Planned Spending
2017-18
Planned Spending
102,911,820 102,911,820 101,469,283 101,469,283

Human Resources (full-time equivalents)

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
766.0 760.8 760.8

Performance Measurement

Expected Result Performance Indicator Target Date to be Achieved
Canadian and International individuals and organizations act in accordance with the legislation, regulations and other managing frameworks that govern Canadian waterways, fisheries, oceans, and habitat Percentage rate of compliance by various sectors of the regulated community (e.g. commercial fisheries, aquaculture, recreational fisheries, development projects impacting fish habitat, etc.) >95% 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.

The Compliance and Enforcement program is delivered through three sub-programs as indicated in the Program Alignment Architecture:


Sub-program 2.1.1 - National Fisheries Intelligence Service

Description

The National Fisheries Intelligence Service collects and analyzes all-source information and produces intelligence reports to facilitate knowledgeable and informed decision making. This program provides advice about aspects of operations to decision makers. As the Compliance and Enforcement program evolves to an intelligence-led organization, accurate intelligence gathering and an ability to establish priorities and action plans will control, reduce and mitigate threats and risks. Establishing an intelligence model as a core business practice within the Compliance and Enforcement Program will shift its resources from crisis response to strategically focussing on areas of greatest risk and ensure maximum program effectiveness.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2015-16
Planned Spending
2016-17
Planned Spending
2017-18
Planned Spending
1,997,909 1,997,909 1,997,909

Human Resources (full-time equivalents)

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
70.1 70.1 70.1

Performance Measurement

Expected Result Performance Indicator Target Date to be Achieved
Progress in implementing a National Fisheries Intelligence Service that provides intelligence to decision makers in support of compliance and enforcement priority setting. The threat-risk assessments provided by National Fisheries Intelligence Service allow Conservation and Protection Branch to strengthen our contribution to maritime security and aid in detecting and combatting of organized crime, fraud and collusion in the fishery (domestic and international) and other forms of non-compliance Percentage of Intelligence-driven threat-risk assessments disseminated to enforcement operations for strategic or tactical tasking and coordination Target to be established using 2015-16 data March 2018

Sub-program 2.1.2 - Enforcement Operations

Description

Enforcement Operations comprises a variety of compliance and enforcement tools to detect and deter illegal activities. Education and Shared Stewardship promotes compliance, through education, promotional campaigns, and engagement of partners and stakeholders. Educational activities raise awareness and understanding and result in a more informed public and encourage resource users to comply with regulatory requirements. Fisheries monitoring and audit activities provide an oversight function to determine participants' compliance with legislation, regulations and management measures. The program uses land, water and air-based surveillance along with modern technology such as vessel monitoring systems, video monitoring and satellite surveillance to detect illegal activities. Major Cases and Special Investigations focus on solving high-risk, complex compliance issues that pose significant threat to the sustainability of Canada’s aquatic resources and cannot be addressed through education or, regular monitoring, and control and surveillance activities. Special investigative techniques, including covert operations, technical surveillance, and information technology forensics are used in countering illegal fishing activities. The program is supported by third-party services (guardian, at-sea observer and dockside monitoring programs), and partnerships and joint operations with police and other enforcement agencies. The public assists by reporting violations through “Observe, Record, Report” programs. To deter illegal activities, enforcement interventions may include warnings, seizures, arrests, directions, orders, diversions, tickets, charges and prosecutions. This program meets domestic and international commitments to address illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing; and to protect habitat and species at risk, contributing to sustainable aquatic ecosystems, supporting legitimate economic activities, and protecting consumers from illegally harvested fisheries products.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2015-16
Planned Spending
2016-17
Planned Spending
2017-18
Planned Spending
85,428,411 83,878,839 83,878,839

Human Resources (full-time equivalents)

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
537.7 533.3 533.3

Performance Measurement

Expected Result Performance Indicator Target Date to be Achieved
Users of Canadian fisheries and oceans understand their obligations and are committed to meeting those obligations Proportion of suspected moderate to high-risk violations that are responded to via a formal enforcement action >95% March 31, 2016

Sub-program 2.1.3 - Program and Operational Readiness

Description

Program and Operational Readiness develops and supports a skilled, equipped, well-informed, safe and effective workforce. Strategic planning, integrated risk assessments, periodic reviews and audits are carried out to identify operational priorities and to ensure the right balance of tools and approaches are used to achieve the program objectives. Acquisition and management of equipment, vehicles, and vessels is necessary to ensure a well-equipped and effective workforce. Program and Operational Readiness ensures a well-trained workforce through the Fishery Officer Career Progression ProgramFootnote6 (FOCPP) and the coordination of specialized enforcement and intelligence training throughout the Compliance and Enforcement program including annual recertification requirements of Fisheries Officers as needed. It also ensures rigorous management of data as well as information collection and analysis through the development and maintenance of Information Management Systems notably the Departmental Violation System. Finally, systems for collecting and analysing information also support strategic planning, priority setting and performance management of the Compliance and Enforcement program overall.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2015-16
Planned Spending
2016-17
Planned Spending
2017-18
Planned Spending
15,485,500 15,592,536 15,592,536

Human Resources (full-time equivalents)

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
158.2 157.4 157.4

Performance Measurement

Expected Result Performance Indicator Target Date to be Achieved
Canada has the capacity to effectively administer and enforce the legislation, regulations, and other managing frameworks that govern Canadian waterways, fisheries, oceans, and habitat in a fair, predictable and consistent manner Percentage of Fishery Officer Cadets successfully graduating, completing 30 month field training and remaining with Conservation and Protection after 5 years of service 90% March 31, 2016