Report on Plans and Priorities 2015-16

Analysis of Programs by Strategic Outcome

Program 3.8 - Ocean Forecasting


As a maritime nation bordered by three oceans, Canada has an obligation to understand ocean processes and their influence on our environment, ecosystems, and coastal communities. To this end the Department conducts research, long-term monitoring of key ocean parameters (temperature, sea level, nutrients, tides, salinity, etc.) and manages the resulting data to ensure integrity and accessibility. In turn, the generation of new knowledge allows the Department to provide advice, products and services that support ecosystem management decisions, adaptation to climatic change, emergency preparedness (e.g. tsunami warnings, storm surges), search and rescue, the mitigation of oil spills, and at-sea operations such as fisheries and offshore energy exploration. Clients of the program include the Canadian Coast Guard, other federal government departments and agencies (e.g., Environment CanadaFootnote1, Department of National DefenceFootnote2, Transport CanadaFootnote3, Public Safety CanadaFootnote4), various maritime industries (e.g., commercial shipping, off-shore energy exploration, commercial fishing), the Canadian and international marine science community and Canadians.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

Main Estimates
Planned Spending
Planned Spending
Planned Spending
8,476,473 8,476,473 8,476,258 8,476,258

Human Resources (full-time equivalents)

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
94.8 93.7 93.7

Performance Measurement

Expected Result Performance Indicator Target Date to be Achieved
Canadians are informed on current and future physical and biochemical state of Canada's oceans and waterways Percentage of approved requests for science advice on ocean forecasting that are completed within the required timeline 90% March 31, 2016
Percentage of requests for scientific data completed in the time required 95% March 31, 2016

Planning Highlights - Program-Level

  • Enhance operational oceanographic products to improve navigation and emergency preparedness in environmentally sensitive and/or critical areas.