Report on Plans and Priorities 2015-16

Analysis of Programs by Strategic Outcome

Program 3.2 - Marine Communications and Traffic Services


The Marine Communications and Traffic Services program is delivered by the Canadian Coast Guard. The safety of mariners and marine environmental protection in Canadian waters depend on the efficient and timely communication of information. The program ensures a reliable communication system is available 24 hours a day to contribute to the safety of life at sea, the protection of the marine environment, and the safe and efficient navigation of shipping in Canadian waterways. Services include marine distress and general radio communications, broadcasting maritime safety information, screening vessels entering Canadian waters, regulating vessel traffic in selected Canadian waters, providing marine information to other federal departments and agencies, and managing a marine telephone call service on a cost-recovery basis. The Shore-Based Asset Readiness and Canadian Coast Guard College programs are integral contributors to this program. The legal basis for the program is derived from the Constitution Act, 1867Footnote1, the Oceans ActFootnote2, the Canada Shipping Act, 2001Footnote3, and through an agreement with Transport CanadaFootnote4, the Arctic Waters Pollution Prevention ActFootnote5.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

Main Estimates
Planned Spending
Planned Spending
Planned Spending
33,337,572 33,337,572 33,103,972 33,103,972

Human Resources (full-time equivalents)

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
399.0 344.0 343.0

Performance Measurement

Expected Result Performance Indicator Target Date to be Achieved
Vessels have the marine communications and traffic services support they need to transit Canadian waters safely Percentage of total number of collisions, strikings, and groundings out of the total vessel movements within vessel traffic system zones <1% March 31, 2016