Report on Plans and Priorities 2015-16

Analysis of Programs by Strategic Outcome

Program 2.4 - Environmental Response Services


The Canadian Coast Guard is the lead federal agency for ensuring an appropriate response to all ship-source and unknown mystery pollution spills in Canadian waters and waters under international agreements. The Environmental Response Services program minimizes the environmental, economic, and public safety impacts of marine pollution incidents. Through the program, the Canadian Coast Guard establishes an appropriate and nationally consistent level of preparedness and response services in Canadian waters; monitors and investigates all reports of marine pollution in Canada in conjunction with other federal departments; and maintains communications with the program's partners, including Transport CanadaFootnote1 and Environment CanadaFootnote2, to ensure a consistent coordinated approach to the response to marine pollution incidents. The Coast Guard's Fleet Operational Readiness program contributes to the delivery of this program. The program is delivered in coordination with other federal departments for surveillance information and scientific advice and with ship owners and commercial Response Organizations to support response efforts. The program's legal basis derives from the Oceans ActFootnote3, the Canada Shipping Act, 2001Footnote4, the Constitution Act, 1867Footnote5, and, through an agreement with Transport Canada, the Arctic Waters Pollution Prevention Act, 2001Footnote6.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

Main Estimates
Planned Spending
Planned Spending
Planned Spending
16,965,722 16,965,722 17,888,332 13,693,692

Human Resources (full-time equivalents)

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
106.0 106.0 79.0

Performance Measurement

Expected Result Performance Indicator Target Date to be Achieved
Environmental, economic and public safety impacts of marine pollution events are mitigated Percentage of reported cases in which the response was appropriate relative to the pollutant, threat and impact 100% 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:
    • Designing the new Area Response Planning pilot project for delivery in four geographic areas of Canada, and beginning stakeholder engagement on the planning process;
    • Commencing the collection and analysis of science and marine ecosystems information and data as key supporting elements of the world class tanker system initiatives, such as Area Response Planning; and
    • Implementing key elements of the Incident Command System, as the standard incident management methodology to strengthen marine pollution and other all-hazard incident response, in collaboration with emergency management partners.
  • Advancing Arctic priorities in support of the Government's Northern Strategy by:
    • Examining further improvements to the Department's readiness to respond to marine incidents in the Arctic, involving opportunities to bolster knowledge of the potential impacts of marine accidents on the environment.