Report on Plans and Priorities 2015-16

Analysis of Programs by Strategic Outcome

Program 3.7 - Hydrographic Products and Services


The safe use of Canadian waterways requires knowledge of the physical limitations to navigation. The Canadian Hydrographic ServiceFootnote1 contributes to safety on Canadian waterways by undertaking hydrographic surveys from primarily Canadian Coast Guard vessels to measure, describe, and chart the physical features of Canada's oceans and navigable inland waters. As Canada's hydrographic authority, the Canadian Hydrographic Service uses these data to produce up-to-date, timely and accurate navigational products in support of domestic and international marine transportation in accordance with the requirements of the Canada Shipping Act, 2001Footnote2, the Arctic Waters Pollution Prevention Act 2005Footnote3 and the International Maritime Organization's Safety of Life At Sea Convention. In addition to supporting Safe and Secure Waters strategic objectives, hydrographic information is used in a number of research and development applications in engineering, ocean research, maritime security, marine navigation, ocean management, ecosystem science and the renewable and non-renewable energy sectors.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

Main Estimates
Planned Spending
Planned Spending
Planned Spending
27,983,471 27,983,471 27,405,369 27,092,043

Human Resources (full-time equivalents)

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
258.2 254.3 251.8

Performance Measurement

Expected Result Performance Indicator Target Date to be Achieved
Users of Canada's waterways have the products and services they need for safe navigation on Canada's waterways Percentage of the planned chart production completed in national priority areas 90% March 31, 2016
Percentage of Canadian Hydrographic Service's publicized levels of service that are met or near met 90% March 31, 2016

Planning Highlights - Organizational Priorities

  • Advancing Arctic priorities in support of the Government's Northern Strategy by:
    • Advancing key elements of the Arctic Marine Transportation Strategy, affirming the Northern Marine Transportation Corridors Initiative, an approach to identify efficient and safe corridors to facilitate sustainable growth and enhance marine safety, and using science advice and technology to guide implementation.

Planning Highlights - Program-Level

  • Strengthen Canada's World-Class Tanker Safety System across Canada by:
    • Continuing to acquire modern hydrographic data, create and update nautical charts, and initiate and monitor water levels in the Pacific Coast region of Kitimat;
    • Commencing work on creating and updating nautical charts for the four ports for which modern hydrographic data was acquired in 2014-15;
    • Continuing to acquire modern hydrographic data for eight ports; and
    • Initiating work on acquiring dynamic information for two ports and two waterways on the east and west coast.