Report on Plans and Priorities 2015-16

Analysis of Programs by Strategic Outcome

Program 2.5 - Oceans Management


The Oceans Management program takes an integrated and evidence-based approach to managing oceans issues and collaborates with other federal departments, other levels of government, Aboriginal groups, and stakeholders. Building on a foundation of science, the program addresses a number of challenges facing Canada's oceans, such as oceans health, marine habitat loss, declining biodiversity and growing demands for access to ocean space and resources. The program considers ecological, social and economic impacts when making decisions ensuring the protection, conservation and sustainable use of Canada's oceans. The legal basis for the program derives from the Oceans ActFootnote1 along with Canada's Oceans StrategyFootnote2 which provides the Department with a framework for managing estuarine, coastal and marine ecosystems.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

Main Estimates
Planned Spending
Planned Spending
Planned Spending
46,666,258 46,666,258 40,111,319 35,805,656

Human Resources (full-time equivalents)

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
281.9 271.5 269.9

Performance Measurement

Expected Result Performance Indicator Target Date to be Achieved
Oceans related decisions and actions are integrated and take into account the health of Canada's oceans Percentage of coastal and marine territory conserved by Oceans Act Marine Protected Areas and other effective area-based conservation measures within Fisheries and Oceans Canada's mandate 3% (contributing
to the
national target of
10% by 2020)

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:
    • 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.
  • Through the National Conservation Plan, strengthen marine and coastal conservation focussing on the development and implementation of Marine Protected Area (MPA) management frameworks; establishing new MPAs; and, advancing MPA networks.
  • Advancing Arctic priorities in support of the Government's Northern Strategy by:
    • Continuing to develop the Canadian High Arctic Station Science and Technology Program.

Planning Highlights - Program-Level

  • Implementation of Integrated Oceans Management - Continue to work with federal/provincial/territorial departments, Aboriginal organizations, and other stakeholders to advance the integrated management of activities occurring within or affecting Canada's marine environment. Fisheries and Oceans Canada will develop tools and guidance materials to support the long-term implementation of the Program, allowing the Government to advance ocean management priorities in Canada's marine bioregions.