Report on Plans and Priorities 2015-16

Analysis of Programs by Strategic Outcome

Program 3.1 - Search and Rescue Services

Description

The Canadian Coast Guard's maritime Search and Rescue Services program leads, delivers, and maintains preparedness for the 5.3 million square kilometer maritime component of the federal search and rescue system, with the support of stakeholders and partners, including the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary and the Department of National DefenceFootnote1. Through communication, coordination, and the delivery of maritime search and rescue response and operational awareness, the program increases the chances of rescue for people caught in dangerous on-water situations. The Fleet Operational Readiness and Marine Communications and Traffic Services programs are integral contributors to the delivery of the program. The program's legal basis derives from the Constitution Act, 1867Footnote2, the Oceans ActFootnote3, and the Canada Shipping Act, 2001Footnote4.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2015-16
Main Estimates
2015-16
Planned Spending
2016-17
Planned Spending
2017-18
Planned Spending
30,508,166 30,508,166 30,508,166 30,508,166

Human Resources (full-time equivalents)

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
134.0 134.0 134.0

Performance Measurement

Expected Result Performance Indicator Target Date to be Achieved
Loss of life or injury to mariners in distress is minimized Percentage of lives saved relative to total reported lives at risk in the maritime environment >90% March 31, 2016

The Search and Rescue Services program is delivered through two sub-programs as indicated in the Program Alignment Architecture:


Sub-program 3.1.1 - Search and Rescue Coordination and Response

Description

The Canadian Coast Guard's Search and Rescue Coordination and Response program ensures that people caught in dangerous on-water situations have access to assistance. The program coordinates and delivers on-water response to maritime search and rescue cases, assists the Department of National Defence in response to aeronautical and humanitarian cases; provides search and rescue response capacity; and manages partnerships essential for the efficient coordination of activities. Through communication, coordination and delivery of maritime search and rescue response, the program increases the chances of rescue for people caught in dangerous on-water situations. The Fleet Operational Readiness and Marine Communications and Traffic Services programs are integral contributors to the delivery of this program. Legal basis for the program derives from the Constitution Act, 1867, the Oceans Act, and the Canada Shipping Act, 2001.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2015-16
Planned Spending
2016-17
Planned Spending
2017-18
Planned Spending
25,487,166 25,487,166 25,487,166

Human Resources (full-time equivalents)

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
134.0 134.0 134.0

Performance Measurement

Expected Result Performance Indicator Target Date to be Achieved
People in maritime distress are assisted Three year average (2008-2010 most recent period available) number of maritime Search and Rescue incidents coordinated by the Canadian Coast Guard (M1, M2, M3 only. Not M4 as they are false alarms)Footnote5 6,000 March 31, 2016

Sub-program 3.1.2 - Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary

Description

The Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary is organized into federally incorporated, not-for-profit volunteer corporations. The Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada maintains a formal contribution agreement with each Auxiliary corporation for related costs. The corporations are separate legal entities from the Government of Canada and work closely with the Canadian Coast Guard. The majority of Auxiliary members are commercial fishers and pleasure boaters who donate their time and vessels to assist the Coast Guard with the Search and Rescue Services program. Other members are volunteers from local communities who crew community-based dedicated response vessels 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Auxiliary has approximately 4,000 members and access to approximately 1,100 vessels. The local knowledge, maritime experience, seafaring talents, and professional conduct of the members make them one of Canada's greatest maritime assets. Authority for this contribution program is by Cabinet Directive, and the legal basis for the contribution program is found in the Constitution Act, 1867. This program uses funding from the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary Contribution Program and is delivered in coordination with Coast Guard's Search and Rescue Services and Marine Communications and Traffic Services.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2015-16
Planned Spending
2016-17
Planned Spending
2017-18
Planned Spending
5,021,000 5,021,000 5,021,000

Human Resources (full-time equivalents)

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18

Performance Measurement

Expected Result Performance Indicator Target Date to be Achieved
Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary members are available to respond to maritime Search and Rescue incidents Percentage of maritime Search and Rescue responses by Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary relative to the total number of maritime Search and Rescue incidents 20% March 31, 2016