Supporting information on lower-level programs

Program 1.1: Market Access and Diversification

Sub-Program 1.1.1: Mineral and Metal Markets Access and Diversification

Description

Canadian producers of minerals and metals require access to export markets since domestic production exceeds domestic demand for many commodities. However, tariffs and non-tariff barriers can constrain exports, as can policies and measures that reduce demand for minerals, metals and products containing metals, and certification schemes that discriminate against Canadian producers. Through this Sub-program, NRCan administers the Export and Import of Rough Diamonds Act and regulations that implement Canada’s international obligations under the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme, ensuring market access for Canadian diamond producers and users.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2017–18
Planned Spending

2018–19
Planned Spending

2019–20
Planned Spending

1,584,455

1,518,848

1,561,185

Human Resources (Full-Time Equivalents [FTEs])

2017–18

2018–19

2019–20

8

7

7

Performance Results

Expected Results

Pormance Indicators

Target

Date to achieve target

Actual Results

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

Rough diamond market access is supported through the efficient implementation of Canada’s international obligations under the Kimberley Process (KP) Certification Scheme

Percentage of KP export certificates issued within one business day of the receipt of a completed and valid application

95%

March 31, 2018

Performance indicator did not exist in 2013-14

99%

100%

Sub-Program 1.1.2: Forest Products Market Access and Diversification

Description

Through this Sub-program, NRCan provides:

  • Financial contributions to Canadian forest industry associations to support initiatives to expand exports to international markets and increase the use of wood in North American non-residential construction;
  • Financial contributions and science-based information to industry partners to support the development and dissemination of information products that promote the environmental reputation of Canada's forest sector in international markets; and
  • Expertise to other federal departments in support of Canada's international negotiating positions on trade and environmental issues.

This Sub-program includes the Expanding Market Opportunities transfer payment program.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2017–18
Planned Spending

2018–19
Planned Spending

2019–20
Planned Spending

28,874,287

9,020,575

9,160,326

Human Resources (FTEs)

2017–18

2018–19

2019–20

88

72

73

Performance Results

Expected Results

Performance Indicators

Target

Date to achieve target

Actual Results

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

Forest industry has increased sales of Canadian wood products in international market

Dollar value of wood product sales in targeted offshore markets (China, Korea, Japan and Europe (EU 28)) and other new emerging markets (e.g., India, Middle East)

10% increase over 2011 base year value of $3.1 billion for targeted offshore markets and $99.3 million for new emerging markets

March 31, 2018

+27.2% (existing markets)

 

-0.6% (new emerging markets)

+19.4% (existing markets)

 

-27.5% (new emerging markets)

 

+7.3 % (existing markets)

 

-14.6 % (new emerging markets)

 

Diversity of markets for Canadian wood products

Measure: Using the change in the values of the Herfindahl Index to measure Canada’s success in diversifying its wood product exports away from one core market (i.e., US) and towards offshore markets over time

Favourable yearly average against 2011 base value of 0.397
The closer the value is to 0, the more a country (i.e. Canada) diversified its exports away from dependency on one key market

March 31, 2018

0.468

0.509

0.556

 

Dollar value of wood products used in non-residential construction projects built with wood as opposed to traditional means (Canada and US)

10% increase over 2011 base year value of $130.3 million

March 31, 2018

+ 12.6%

+64.7%

+67.7%

 

Sub-Program 1.1.3: Energy Market Access and Diversification

Description

Through this Sub-program, NRCan fosters a competitive Canadian energy sector by working with provinces and territories (including under the Canadian Energy Strategy), and internationally, to articulate Canada's approach to the management of energy resources. It assesses and updates federal energy regulations and policies relating to offshore oil and gas, pipelines, and nuclear; engages domestically and internationally on energy issues; and provides Canadians with information on energy markets. NRCan also engages West Coast First Nations communities on issues related to energy infrastructure development, and coordinates the activities across multiple Government of Canada departments, as well as with the Government of British Columbia and other key players, to increase Indigenous participation in this development. This Sub-program includes the Gunnar Mine Remediation transfer payment program.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2017–18
Planned Spending

2018–19
Planned Spending

2019–20
Planned Spending

29,731,855

24,663,051

17,245,564

Human Resources (FTEs)

2017–18

2018–19

2019–20

171

163

155

Performance Results

Expected Results

Performance Indicators

Target

Date to achieve target

Actual Results

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

Actions are taken domestically to coordinate efforts to strengthen Canada’s energy sector

The number of discrete federal, provincial and territorial activities and projects that are initiated

5 discrete projects/ initiatives undertaken per year

March 31, 2018

Performance indicator did not exist in 2013-14

Performance indicator did not exist in 2014-15

25

Actions taken to identify and address non-regulatory issues that are of concern to Indigenous communities that could be impacted by the development of West Coast energy infrastructure development

Percentage of non-regulatory issues identified across BC First Nations potentially impacted by energy infrastructure development that are being (or have been) addressed through federal actions

30%

March 31, 2018

Performance indicator did not exist in 2013-14

Performance indicator did not exist in 2014-15

37.6%

The Government of Canada's regulatory and legislative frameworks governing Canada’s energy resources (e.g., offshore oil and gas) is renewed in a timely manner and continuously improved

Number of assessments and/or updates to energy regulations or legislation and/or Canada's energy regulatory or legislative frameworks

2 per year

Ongoing

Achieved

Achieved

3

 

Program 1.2: Innovation for New Products and Processes

Sub-Program 1.2.1: Mining Innovation

Description

Through this Sub-program, NRCan encourages mining innovation by using a collaborative approach to share financial risks with industry partners, while ensuring that program priorities are aligned with business needs. NRCan also conducts coordinated research to address priorities identified by stakeholders, such as technologies to safely and profitably develop and operate deeper mines, and to process ores, concentrates and recyclable materials that cannot be processed with commercially available technologies. As well, it creates opportunities to develop the next generation of professionals, and supplies certified reference materials to service providers and industry analytical laboratories, which rely on such reference materials to ensure the quality of data that inform mineral investment decisions, determine product value, drive process improvement, and improve confidence in environmental monitoring.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2017–18
Planned Spending

2018–19
Planned Spending

2019–20
Planned Spending

8,592,587

6,565,492

6,657,039

Human Resources (FTEs)

2017–18

2018–19

2019–20

49

47

47

Performance Results

Expected Results

Performance Indicators

Target

Date to achieve target

Actual Results

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

Technology developers increase demonstration of innovative mining and processing technologies

Number of demonstration project

2 over 5 years

March 31, 2018

On track

On track

On track

Sub-Program 1.2.2: Forest Sector Innovation

Description

Canada’s forest sector has experienced a decrease in its market share as a result of changing global and regional demand and increasing competition. To regain its competitive position and compete profitably in a wider array of markets, the sector is focusing on innovation (i.e., research, development and deployment) and moving towards a more diversified and innovative mix of higher-value specialized products, processes and technologies. Through a forest sector innovation system sector partners can align and pursue common innovation priorities. Through this Sub-program, NRCan brings together various players in the forest sector innovation system –governments, industry, communities (Indigenous and non-Indigenous), and research institutions – to focus on collectively identifying, funding and delivering on the innovation priorities of the sector. NRCan also conducts research with, and provides financial contributions to, FPInnovations, other forest sector research partners, and eligible forest product companies to research, develop and deploy new products, processes and technologies. This Sub-program includes work on the Genomics Research and Development Initiative, the Canadian Regulatory System for Biotechnology, as well as the following transfer payment programs: Forest Innovation Program, Forest Research Institutes Initiative, the Investments in Forest Industry Transformation, and the Aboriginal Forestry Initiative.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2017–18
Planned Spending

2018–19
Planned Spending

2019–20
Planned Spending

92,546,943

24,590,947

22,935,227

Human Resources (FTEs)

2017–18

2018–19

2019–20

198

166

163

Performance Results

Expected Results

Performance Indicators

Target

Date to achieve target

Actual Results

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

NRCan, industry, provinces and academia develop new technologies which lead to higher-value Canadian forest products and processes to create a better competitive position for the Canadian forest sector

Number of new higher-value Canadian forest products or processes that are derived from new technologies developed

10

March 31, 2018

Achieved (target: March 31, 2014)

On-track

(target: March 31, 2017)

9

Indigenous communities have the knowledge needed to take advantage of emerging economic development opportunities

Number of new economic development projects facilitated, brokered, and/or developed with NRCan knowledge and funding

8 new projects annually, facilitated, brokered, and/or developed with NRCan knowledge and funding

March 31, 2018

Performance indicator did not exist in 2013-14

Performance indicator did not exist in 2014-15

12

Forest sector innovation is accelerated by the endorsement of an annual research plan by the forest sector innovation system

Annual research plan endorsed by the FPInnovations National Research Advisory Committee (NRAC)

1 endorsed research plan

March 31, 2018

1

1

1

Sub-Program 1.2.3: Geospatial Innovation

Description

Natural resource sectors, such as those engaged in the extraction of valuable minerals, oils, gases and other geological or forest-related material, rely on location-based information to make well-informed production and business decisions. This Sub-program plays a vital leadership role in collaborating with federal, provincial, territorial, and private sector partners to establish the required policies, standards, governance and institutional arrangements necessary to support the provision of location-based information. This includes the GeoConnections transfer payment program, a national partnership initiative designed to facilitate access to and the use of geospatial information in Canada, including data, standards, policies, technologies and partnerships. This Sub-program also develops innovative techniques to transform Earth Observation data into applicable geographic information and provides expertise on the design, calibration and validation of new Earth Observation sensors and missions. The resulting data, technology and knowledge base delivers innovative, cost-effective geospatial science, technology, policy and applications solutions that are built once and used many times.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2017–18
Planned Spending

2018–19
Planned Spending

2019–20
Planned Spending

8,015,314

8,015,315

8,015,316

Human Resources (FTEs)

2017–18

2018–19

2019–20

42

42

42

Performance Results

Expected Results

Performance Indicators

Target

Date to achieve target

Actual Results

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

Government and other program stakeholders can access a suite of modern, comprehensive Geospatial assets to support decision-making, reporting, operations and research

Number of primary knowledge products released and accessible

10 per year

March 31, 2018

Performance indicator did not exist in 2013-14

Performance indicator did not exist in 2014-15

Performance indicator did not exist in 2015-16

Number of newly added data sets and web mapping services available via the Federal Geospatial Platform (FGP)

50

March 31, 2018

Performance indicator did not exist in 2013-14

Performance indicator did not exist in 2014-15

Performance indicator did not exist in 2015-16

Mechanisms and resources are in place to enable program stakeholders to collaboratively address shared geospatial challenges and adopt common geospatial approaches

Number of federal departments and agencies actively contributing to FGP data assets and/or platform technology

10

March 31, 2018

Performance indicator did not exist in 2013-14

Performance indicator did not exist in 2014-15

Performance indicator did not exist in 2015-16

Program 1.3: Investment in Natural Resource Sectors

Sub-Program 1.3.1: Mineral Investment

Description

Through this Sub-program, NRCan collects socioeconomic data on mineral exploration, deposit appraisal and mine complex development expenditures, physical output from production facilities, and the value of mineral production. It also manages the Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act, which requires public reports from resource exploration and extraction companies on payments they make to governments in Canada and abroad.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2016–17
Planned Spending

2017–18
Planned Spending

2018–19
Planned Spending

10,202,794

10,068,295

10,068,295

Human Resources (FTEs)

2017–18

2018–19

2019–20

93

93

94

Performance Results

Expected Results

Performance Indicators

Target

Date to achieve target

Actual Results

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

Industry decision-makers and potential investors are provided with timely mineral socio-economic data

Number of data sets released per year

4 per year

March 31, 2018

Performance indicator did not exist in 2013-14

4 on-track

(target: 5 by March 31, 2017)

5

Sub-Program 1.3.2: Targeted Geoscience Initiative

Description

Mineral resources are one of the principal economic drivers in many rural and remote Canadian communities. New geoscience knowledge and techniques are required to discover mineral resources in existing and emerging mining areas. Through this Sub-program, NRCan creates new geoscience knowledge that improves understanding of entire mineral systems and helps provide innovative ways for deep exploration knowledge to be used by industry to identify the presence of buried mineral deposits. To do this, NRCan studies key examples of mineral deposits to determine the fundamental processes that lead to ore formation and the characteristics that mark the presence of these deposits. The objective of this work is to foster innovation within the mineral exploration industry, leading to more efficient discovery of new deposits, enhanced global competiveness of the industry, and sustained economic activity in mining-dependent communities. This Sub-program includes the Targeted Geoscience Initiative 5 (TGI 5) transfer payment program.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2017–18
Planned Spending

2018–19
Planned Spending

2019–20
Planned Spending

11,729,315

11,549,524

8,933,904

Human Resources (FTEs)

2017–18

2018–19

2019–20

47

47

47

Performance Results

Expected Results

Performance Indicators

Target

Date to achieve target

Actual Results

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

Mineral exploration industry uses the latest public geoscience knowledge and methodologies relevant to discovery of new mineral resources

Number of industry venues at which TGI geoscience is presented

10 annually

March 31, 2018

Performance indicator did not exist in 2013-14

Performance indicator did not exist in 2014-15

5

Number of emerging public geoscience knowledge or methodologies relevant as indicators of new mineral resources that have been adopted in industry exploration programs

3 annually

March 31, 2018

Performance indicator did not exist in 2013-14

Performance indicator did not exist in 2014-15

5

Sub-Program 1.3.3: Geo-Mapping for Energy and Minerals

Description

Through this Sub-program, NRCan provides modern geological knowledge that helps to attract further investments in the North and benefits Northerners. It focuses on characterizing and mapping the regional geological context to document new mineral and hydrocarbon potential. In addition to reducing risk and stimulating exploration investments by industry, this geological knowledge also helps enable northern communities to make informed decisions about their future economy and society. The objective of this Sub-program is to promote exploration and long-term sustainable development for vast and untapped resources in Canada's North. This Sub-program includes the Geo-Mapping for Energy and Minerals transfer payment program.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2017–18
Planned Spending

2018–19
Planned Spending

2019–20
Planned Spending

39,632,451

35,381,825

32,010,328

Human Resources (FTEs)

2017–18

2018–19

2019–20

173

172

173

Performance Results

Expected Results

Performance Indicators

Target

Date to achieve target

Actual Results

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

Governments and industry have increased geoscience information on Canada's North to help guide development decisions

Number of unique NRCan products accessed (e.g., downloaded) annually on Northern geoscience information

100 per year

March 31, 2018

Performance indicator did not exist in 2013-14

Performance indicator did not exist in 2014-15

140

Percentage of new publication releases accessed (new releases are those released and accessed within the current fiscal year)

75%

March 31, 2018

Performance indicator did not exist in 2013-14

Performance indicator did not exist in 2014-15

81%

Sub-Program 1.3.4: New Energy Supply

Description

Through this Sub-program, NRCan provides the energy sector with strategic resource assessments, methodologies and information required to make investment decisions, which is an important part of sustainable long-term economic growth in Canada.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2017–18
Planned Spending

2018–19
Planned Spending

2019–20
Planned Spending

5,857,162

4,836,160

4,831,912

Human Resources (FTEs)

2017–18

2018–19

2019–20

51

51

49

Performance Results

Expected Results

Performance Indicators

Target

Date to achieve target

Actual Results

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

Public and private sectors access knowledge products supporting assessment and investment decision-making on new energy exploration basins

Number of unique reports, such as strategic assessments, accessed (e.g., downloaded) annually by stakeholders

20 per year

March 31, 2018

Performance indicator did not exist in 2013-14

35

33

Sub-Program 1.3.5: Major Projects Management Office Initiative

Description

The objective of the Major Projects Management Office Initiative is to support timely and effective project reviews and to lead government-wide efforts to modernize the regulatory system for major projects. This includes efforts to improve the alignment of federal and provincial regulatory processes and to ensure effective and meaningful consultation with Indigenous people.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars

2017–18
Planned Spending

2018–19
Planned Spending

2019–20
Planned Spending

5,741,931

6,038,186

3,535,817

Human Resources (FTEs)

2017–18

2018–19

2019–20

31

31

28

Performance Results

Expected Results

Performance Indicators

Target

Date to achieve target

Actual Results

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

Timely environmental assessment (EA) regulatory decisions for major projects

Percentage of major project EAs that meet legislated timelines (Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, National Energy Board, Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission reviews)

100% of EAs meet legislated timelines

Ongoing

Performance indicator did not exist in 2013-14

Performance indicator did not exist in 2014-15

100%

Integrated and robust advice supports improvements to the major project review process

MPMO Deputies are satisfied or very satisfied with how advice is advanced on horizontal issues

70% of MPMO Deputies are satisfied with how policy advice is advanced

Ongoing

Performance indicator did not exist in 2013-14

Performance indicator did not exist in 2014-15

80%

Program 2.1: Energy-Efficient Practices and Lower-Carbon Energy Sources

Sub-Program 2.1.1: Renewable Energy Deployment

Description

NRCan implements programs to bring cleaner, renewable electricity into a smarter electrical grid. Through this Sub-program, NRCan advances the development of a legislative framework for administering marine renewable energy projects in the federal offshore through the Marine Renewable Energy Enabling Measures program. NRCan also supports production of renewable energy through support to projects through the ecoENERGY for Renewable Power transfer payment program.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2017–18
Planned Spending

2018–19
Planned Spending

2019–20
Planned Spending

120,787,978

107,364,126

77,,264,125

Human Resources (FTEs)

2017–18

2018–19

2019–20

4

4

4

Performance Results

Expected Results

Performance Indicators

Target

Date to achieve target

Actual Results

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

Federal government determines the legislative approach for administering marine renewable energy in the federal offshore

Government provides a decision on legislative drafting instructions

Government of Canada Decision

 

 

March 31, 2018

Performance indicator did not exist in 2013-14

Performance indicator did not exist in 2014-15

Performance indicator did not exist in 2015-16

Renewable electricity is produced by the projects supported by the program

Number of terawatt-hours (TWh) of clean electricity produced

11.7 TWh

March 31, 2018

15.7 TWh

15.0 TWh

15.0 TWh

Sub-Program 2.1.2: Support for Clean Energy Decision-Making

Description

Through this sub-program, NRCan provides high-quality tools, information and analysis to support evidence-based decision-making on domestic clean energy and climate change policy. This Sub-program also includes NRCan’s international engagement on clean energy technology and North American engagement on clean energy and climate change.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2017–18
Planned Spending

2018–19
Planned Spending

2019–20
Planned Spending

6,279,109

2,579,694

2,579,694

Human Resources (FTEs)

2017–18

2018–19

2019–20

25

10

11

Performance Results

Expected Results

Performance Indicators

Target

Date to achieve target

Actual Results

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

Federal government decision-makers have access to tools and information that support decisions on climate change and clean energy issues

Percentage and quality of products made available to decision-makers in a timely manner

100%

March 31, 2018

95%

95%

95%

Canadian climate change priorities related to clean energy technology are advanced in international fora

Percentage of Canada’s stated climate change objectives met or mostly met through both international negotiations and agreements

70%

March 31, 2018

Performance indicator did not exist in 2013-14

Performance indicator did not exist in 2014-15

80%

Canada is an active participant in a North American lower-carbon economy through actions undertaken (including the North American Energy Ministers Action Plan and the Pan Canadian Framework on Climate Change and Clean Growth) to support a transition to a lower-carbon energy future

Energy-related GHG reductions by Canada, the US, and Mexico to contribute to respective Paris targets (e.g. develop a list of federal measures that will result in a reduction of methane emissions of 40% to 45% by 2025 across all three countries)

TBD

March 31, 2018

Performance indicator did not exist in 2013-14

Performance indicator did not exist in 2014-15

Performance indicator did not exist in 2015-16

Increase in total imports and exports of energy products, technologies and services among North American partners.

TBD

March 31, 2018

Performance indicator did not exist in 2013-14

Performance indicator did not exist in 2014-15

Performance indicator did not exist in 2015-16

Sub-Program 2.1.3: Alternative Transportation Fuels

Description

Through this Sub-program, NRCan addresses the barriers to the use of alternative fuels by increasing production capacity, designing and developing education and outreach materials, deploying alternative fuel infrastructure, and facilitating the design, development and updating of codes and standards.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2017–18
Planned Spending

2018–19
Planned Spending

2019–20
Planned Spending

12,868,654

906,070

906,070

Human Resources (FTEs)

2017–18

2018–19

2019–20

6

0

0

Performance Results

Expected Results

Performance Indicators

Target

Date to achieve target

Actual Results

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

The supply and demand for lower carbon transportation options in Canada grows

Number of recharging and refueling stations completed by funded project proponents (potential owners/operators of recharging/ refueling stations) along key coast-to-coast transportation corridors (by fuel type)

Up to 70 electric vehicle recharging stations, 6 natural gas and 2 hydrogen refueling stations

March 31, 2018

Performance indicator did not exist in 2013-14

Performance indicator did not exist in 2014-15

Performance indicator did not exist in 2015-16

Number of new or revised published bi-national codes/standards for alternative transportation fuels, vehicles or infrastructure

3 new and/or revised published bi-national codes/standards for alternative transportation fuels, vehicles or infrastructure

March 31, 2018

Performance indicator did not exist in 2013-14

Performance indicator did not exist in 2014-15

Performance indicator did not exist in 2015-16

Sub-Program 2.1.4: Energy Efficiency

Description

Through this Sub-program, NRCan encourages the adoption of energy-efficient technologies, products and practices through labelling, by providing information on energy management, and by making the stock of housing, buildings and energy-using products more efficient through regulation, codes, standards and energy benchmarking activities. It also makes industrial and vehicle operations more energy efficient through energy management standards and practices.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2017–18
Planned Spending

2018–19
Planned Spending

2019–20
Planned Spending

43,525,805

26,324,633

26,367,181

Human Resources (FTEs)

2017–18

2017–18

2018–19

217

148

148

Performance Results

Expected Results

Performance Indicators

Target

Date to achieve target

Actual Results

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

Improved energy efficiency in target sectors

Energy saved in PJ from the energy efficiency regulations and programs

74.5 PJ saved in 2021 from Energy Efficiency Programs funded in Budget 2016

March 31, 2021

22 PJ

36 PJ

52 PJ

Program 2.2: Technology Innovation

Sub-Program 2.2.1: Materials for Energy

Description

Through this Sub-program, NRCan performs applied research and development that delivers materials and materials-processing innovations, enabling clean energy production, safe and reliable energy distribution, and more efficient use of energy in areas such as transportation, buildings and industry.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2017–18
Planned Spending

2018–19
Planned Spending

2019–20
Planned Spending

10,016,515

9,137,355

9,047,342

Human Resources (FTEs)

2017–18

2018–19

2019–20

82

80

80

Performance Results

Expected Results

Performance Indicators

Target

Date to achieve target

Actual Results

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

New materials technologies in clean power generation and safe and reliable energy distribution are developed for industry

Number of innovative materials technologies developed, contributed to, or validated by NRCan for use in power generation systems powered by nuclear, fossil or renewable energy

2 over 3 years

March 31, 2018

Performance indicator did not exist in 2013-14

On track

Achieved – 2 innovative materials

New materials technology or standards to transport fossil fuels effectively (safely and efficiently) are developed for industry

Number of new technologies or standards developed, contributed to, or validated by NRCan leading to more effective transport of fossil fuels (safely and efficiently)

3 over 5 years

March 31, 2018

On track2

On track

On track – 2

Advanced materials technologies for new energy efficient vehicle designs are developed for industry

Number of advanced materials technologies to which NRCan contributed that have an impact on industry stakeholders products or decision making in the manufacture of energy efficient vehicles produced in North America

2 over 3 years

March 31, 2018

On-track – 1

Achieved

On-track – 1

Sub-Program 2.2.2: Green Mining

Description

Through this Sub-program, NRCan develops and demonstrates innovative mining technologies and practices that eliminate or reduce environmental impacts, including characterizing low-level radioactive nuclear waste with a view to establishing long-term management solutions for radioactive waste. These technologies and practices also expand domestic and international business opportunities, and reduce financial risks for mining companies, technology developers and consultants. NRCan identifies business needs, technology gaps and priorities with input from the Canada Mining Innovation Council. Applied research aims to reduce land disturbance; water, energy and hazardous chemical use; waste volumes; and releases to the environment; and to accelerate site restoration. In addition, findings contribute to the scientific, technological and socioeconomic basis for updating federal, provincial and territorial mining and environmental regulations and policies, and inform policy priorities in other countries that drive demand for technologies and services.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2017–18
Planned Spending

2018–19
Planned Spending

2019–20
Planned Spending

13,007,623

9,066,820

9,032,282

Human Resources (FTEs)

2017–18

2018–19

2019–20

73

72

74

Performance Results

Expected Results

Performance Indicators

Target

Date to achieve target

Actual Results

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

Technology developers
increase demonstration of
environmental technologies

Number of demonstration
projects

3 over 5 years

March 31, 2018

On track

On track

On track – finalized one project

Sub-Program 2.2.3: Clean Energy Science and Technology

Description

Through this Sub-program, NRCan collaborates with academia, industry and the public sector to research, develop and demonstrate innovative solutions to environmental challenges in the energy sector. The Department also funds, creates and advances new energy knowledge and technologies. The objective is for academia, industry, and the public sector to lay the foundation for the next generation of clean energy technologies and practices to have fewer negative impacts on Canada's air, land and water. This Sub-program includes the following transfer payment programs: Energy Innovation Program, Oil & Gas Clean Tech Program, Oil Spill Response Science, Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Demonstration, Program for Energy Research and Development, and the Science and Technology Internship Program.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2017–18
Planned Spending

2018–19
Planned Spending

2019–20
Planned Spending

196,941,044

63,197,253

59,487,644

Human Resources (FTEs)

2017–18

2018–19

2019–20

491

387

387

Performance Results

Expected Results

Performance Indicators

Target

Date to achieve target

Actual Results

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

Academia, industry and the public sector pursue clean energy S&T that has fewer negative environmental impacts

Ratio of NRCan program investments in clean energy S&T to leveraged funding from partners

1:1 ratio

March 31, 2018

Achieved

Achieved

1:1.1

GHG emissions reductions are achieved through past and ongoing projects undertaken in clean energy technology programs

Reduced GHG emissions from past and ongoing clean energy technology projects

A decrease in emissions of 1 million tonnes a year

March 31, 2018

Performance indicator did not exist in 2013-14

Performance indicator did not exist in 2014-15

Performance indicator did not exist in 2015-16

Through Mission Innovation, double Government of Canada’s federal funding for clean energy research, development and demonstration from $387 million in 2014-15 to $775 million by 2019-20

Doubling Government of Canada’s federal investments for clean energy research, development and demonstration

Federal investments of $775 million in clean energy research, development and demonstration by 2019-20.

March 31, 2020

 

March 31, 2021 is the earliest we can report to account for lag time in compiling data.)

Performance indicator did not exist in 2013-14

Performance indicator did not exist in 2014-15

Performance indicator did not exist in 2015-16

Program 2.3: Responsible Natural Resource Management

Sub-Program 2.3.1: Forest Ecosystems Science and Application

Description

Through this Sub-program, NRCan conducts research, national assessments and monitoring to develop scientific knowledge of Canada's forest ecosystems. This knowledge is used by governments, industry, and non-governmental organizations for multiple purposes, including developing forest management practices and policies, meet reporting obligations, form negotiating positions, and counter misconceptions of Canada's forest practices.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2017–18
Planned Spending

2018–19
Planned Spending

2019–20
Planned Spending

15,605,942

15,443,873

15,673,069

Human Resources (FTEs)

2017–18

2018–19

2019–20

109

108

108

Performance Results

Expected Results

Performance Indicators

Target

Date to achieve target

Actual Results

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

Governments, industry, nongovernmental
organizations and other stakeholders are provided with scientific knowledge on forest ecosystems to support knowledge-based sustainable forest management policies and practices

Participation of the Canadian Forest Service on advisory boards or committees involving the sharing of knowledge on forest
ecosystems to governments, industry and nongovernmental organizations

Participation on advisory boards and committees stays within 10% of baseline of 100 advisory boards and committees

March 31, 2018

123 committees and boards

134 committees and boards

100 committees and boards

Efficient economic and ecological use of resources – Production and consumption of biological resources are sustainable

Sustainability of Timber Harvest

Annual harvest is less than the annual wood supply

March 31, 2018

Performance indicator did not exist in 2013-14

Performance indicator did not exist in 2014-15

Performance indicator did not exist in 2015-16

Sub-Program 2.3.2: Groundwater Geoscience

Description

Through this Sub-program, NRCan provides comprehensive groundwater information and expertise, which contributes to sustainable land-use decision making and groundwater management. Groundwater provides up to 80% of rural Canada's drinking water and is an essential component of ecosystem health. NRCan conducts groundwater mapping and assessment activities on key aquifers to better understand the extent of groundwater systems, their dynamics and vulnerability. NRCan also collaborates with its provincial partners to ensure data and approaches in different jurisdictions are harmonized. This information is disseminated through a web portal used by other departments and levels of government, planners and land-use professionals for decision making.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2017–18
Planned Spending

2018–19
Planned Spending

2019–20
Planned Spending

3,233,122

3,226,122

3,226,122

Human Resources (FTEs)

2017–18

2018–19

2019–20

24

25

25

Performance Results

Expected Results

Performance Indicators

Target

Date to achieve target

Actual Results

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

Public and private sectors involved in groundwater management practices incorporate NRCan information into their products

Number of citations from public and/or private sector organizations incorporating NRCan's groundwater geoscience information and tools into their products (e.g., aquifer maps and data, methods and approaches, plans and reports)

5 per year

March 31, 2018

Performance indicator did not exist in 2013-14

 

7

9

Sub-Program 2.3.3: Environmental Studies and Assessments

Description

Through this Sub-program, NRCan provides expert information and advice to government departments, regulatory bodies and industry to inform regulatory policies, industry practices and environmental assessments conducted under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act 2012. This work serves to guide the planning of natural resource developments and to identify environmental impacts of major resource projects. NRCan information and advice also informs the process of designating new federal parks and protected areas on federal lands with the identification of mineral and energy resource potential.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2017–18
Planned Spending

2018–19
Planned Spending

2019–20
Planned Spending

7,287,409

7,285,919

6,121,068

Human Resources (FTEs)

2017–18

2018–19

2019–20

48

46

47

Performance Results

Expected Results

Performance Indicators

Target

Date to achieve target

Actual Results

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

Governments, regulatory bodies, industry and the public access sound environmental geoscience information

Number of citations from public and/or private sector organizations incorporating NRCan's environmental geoscience information into their products

5 per year

March 31, 2018

Performance indicator did not exist in 2013-14

11

9

Informed environmental assessments

Percentage of major projects in which NRCan provided all necessary scientific and technical expertise to support the environmental assessment process. (Major projects is defined as those tracked by the MPMO/ Northern Projects Management Office)

90%

March 31, 2018

Performance indicator did not exist in 2013-14

99%

99%

Sub-Program 2.3.4: Geospatial Information for Responsible Natural Resource Management

Description

This Sub-program provides government departments, regulatory bodies and industry with sound science, and delivers geospatial technology and products that are a fundamental source of information for regulatory frameworks and related environmental assessments. The Sub-program’s focus is primarily on the energy-producing regions of Canada (e.g., oil sands), and the North.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2017–18
Planned Spending

2018–19
Planned Spending

2019–20
Planned Spending

1,311,150

1,099,150

1,099,150

Human Resources (FTEs)

2017–18

2018–19

2019–20

5

5

5

Performance Results

Expected Results

Performance Indicators

Target

Date to achieve target

Actual Results

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

Governments, regulatory compliance monitoring bodies and industry use Earth Observation scientific information (i.e., value-added datasets and publications) to support responsible resource development practices

Evidence that stakeholders used NRCan’s earth observation information and services to improve environmental performance

5 per year

March 31, 2018

Performance indicator did not exist in 2013-14

Performance indicator did not exist in 2014-15

Performance indicator did not exist in 2015-16

Program 3.1: Protection for Canadians and Natural Resources

Sub-Program 3.1.1: Explosives Safety and Security

Description

Through this Sub-program, NRCan administers and enforces the Explosives Act and associated regulations, which govern the manufacture, importation, transportation, sale, distribution and storage of explosives. This includes fireworks and pyrotechnics, and the sale of materials that can be used to produce explosives. NRCan conducts compliance promotion, outreach, inspections, investigations and enforcement of the Act and regulations. It also tests and develops policies, procedures, guidelines, rules and standards, and supplies expertise to other federal government organizations and law enforcement agencies.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2017–18
Planned Spending

2018–19
Planned Spending

2019–20
Planned Spending

5,284,427

4,238,427

4,238,427

Human Resources (FTEs)

2017–18

2018–19

2019–20

53

53

53

Performance Results

Expected Results

Performance Indicators

Target

Date to achieve target

Actual Results

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

Regulated establishments' compliance with regulatory requirements is monitored and enforced to protect Canadians from the dangers of explosives

Number of explosives inspections completed

600 per year

March 31, 2018

Performance indicator did not exist in 2013-14

706

699

Sub-Program 3.1.2: Materials and Certification for Safety and Security

Description

Through this Sub-program, NRCan conducts non-destructive testing to ensure the integrity of safety-critical components in equipment and buildings such as cranes, heavy equipment, nuclear reactors, pipelines and other applications and certifies individuals to a national standard, which is aligned with international standards. NRCan also develops materials solutions to provide increased protection to Canadian Forces personnel and assets, specifically protecting light military vehicles and occupants from the effects of improvised explosive devices, and dismounted soldiers and law enforcement personnel against projectiles and fragmentation devices.

2017–18
Planned Spending

2018–19
Planned Spending

2019–20
Planned Spending

1,860,386

1,700,006

1,665,939

Human Resources (FTEs)

2017–18

2018–19

2019–20

20

17

16

Performance Results

Expected Results

Performance Indicators

Target

Date to achieve target

Actual Results

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

Individuals are certified to perform non-destructive testing to a national standard

Number of valid and active certifications maintained by NRCan (certifications are currently offered in multiple methods and individuals are typically certified in more than one method and/or sector)

12,000

March 31, 2018

13,300

13,635

 

17,533

Sub-Program 3.1.3: Forest Disturbances Science and Application

Description

Through this Sub-program, NRCan conducts research and analysis to develop scientific knowledge of forest disturbances (e.g., pests, fire). This scientific knowledge is used by federal, provincial and territorial governments and agencies (both policy makers and regulators) as well as the forest industry to assess risks, forecast impacts and develop mitigation and adaptation strategies related to pests, fire, and climate change. This Sub-program includes the Invasive Alien Species Strategy for Canada.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2017–18
Planned Spending

2018–19
Planned Spending

2019–20
Planned Spending

40,735,113

28,995,524

29,073,066

Human Resources (FTEs)

2017–18

2018–19

2019–20

206

200

201

Performance Results

Expected Results

Performance Indicators

Target

Date to achieve target

Actual Results

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

Governments, agencies and industry are provided with scientific knowledge on forest disturbances to assess risks, and develop mitigation and adaptation strategies

Participation of the Canadian Forest Service on advisory boards or committees involving the sharing of knowledge on forest disturbances to governments, industry, and non-governmental organizations

Participation on advisory boards and committees stays within 10% of baseline

 

Baseline is 100 advisory boards and committees

March 31, 2018

77 (met target of 73)

74 (met target of 73)

133

Sub-Program 3.1.4: Climate Change Adaptation

Description

Through this Sub-program, NRCan delivers an Adaptation Platform, which brings together national industry, Indigenous and professional organizations, federal, provincial and territorial governments, and other organizations to collaborate on shared adaptation priorities. It facilitates the production and exchange of knowledge and tools that help decision makers understand the implications of a changing climate on their operations, and equips them with the tools and information needed to effectively adapt. This Sub-program also delivers scientific analysis on climate change geoscience issues affecting Canada's North (North of 60 latitude) such as resource development and infrastructure.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2017–18
Planned Spending

2018–19
Planned Spending

2019–20
Planned Spending

7,042,592

9,730,847

9,498,976

Human Resources (FTEs)

2017–18

2018–19

2019–20

33

34

34

Performance Results

Expected Results

Performance Indicators

Target

Date to achieve target

Actual Results

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

Key stakeholders across Canada have access to new knowledge on risks and opportunities resulting from a changing climate for decision-making

Number of new knowledge products released by the Climate Change Adaptation Platform and the Climate Change Geoscience Program

20 per year
(10 per year
(CCIAD) and
10 per year (GSC))

March 31, 2018

Performance indicator did not exist in 2013-14

76

74

Sub-Program 3.1.5: Geohazards and Public Safety

Description

To enhance the protection of Canadians from hazards, constant monitoring of, effective planning for, and timely notification and characterization of events are required. Such events include earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, landslides, geomagnetic storms, radiological and nuclear incidents, and tsunamis. Through the provision of hazard and risk information and products, NRCan helps other levels of government, including international government bodies, as well as the private sector, critical infrastructure operators, and professional organizations to prepare for and mitigate natural disasters and provides information to public and media in times of crisis to help them better understand the hazards and to protect themselves.. This work also supports NRCan’s obligations under the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. This Sub-program comprises a research component, to improve understanding and characterization of hazards and the potential impacts and consequences, and an operational component, which monitors and provides alerts and other information products to support management of emergencies.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2017–18
Planned Spending

2018–19
Planned Spending

2019–20
Planned Spending

15,495,561

14,415,048

13,907,475

Human Resources (FTEs)

2017–18

2018–19

2019–20

102

100

99

Performance Results

Expected Results

Performance Indicators

Target

Date to achieve target

Actual Results

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

Governments, private sector and regulatory bodies access NRCan's hazard information, products and services

Percentage of requests for NRCan geohazard information, knowledge products or services by government, private sector, including media, and professional organizations in Canada that are answered within five business days

80%

March 31, 2018

Performance indicator did not exist in 2013-14

Performance indicator did not exist in 2014-15

Performance indicator did not exist in 2015-16

Governments, the private sector and regulatory bodies receive timely alerts on natural hazards events, such as earthquakes, space weather, volcanoes and tsunamis

Percentage of earthquakes of magnitude 4.0 or higher within Canada for which a notification was issued in four minutes or less from the time of sufficient data availability

75% (within the accuracy of four minutes or less), and 99% within 10 minutes.

 

March 31, 2018

Performance indicator did not exist in 2013-14

Performance indicator did not exist in 2014-15

Performance indicator did not exist in 2015-16

Program 3.2: Landmass Information

Sub-Program 3.2.1: Essential Geographic Information

Description

This Sub-program ensures access to accurate, authoritative and assured satellite imagery, survey and mapping data, as well as applications and other thematic products or specialty tools to government and non-government users. This Sub-program also maintains geodetic networks to monitor Earth dynamics and provide access to Canada's fundamental reference system for the measurement of latitude, longitude and elevation. A geodetic reference system consistent with international standards is essential to exploit the full capability of Earth Observation and precise satellite positioning (e.g., GPS).

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2017–18
Planned Spending

2018–19
Planned Spending

2019–20
Planned Spending

26,453,722

26,464,795

26,667,604

Human Resources (FTEs)

2017–18

2018–19

2019–20

235

233

232

Performance Results

Expected Results

Performance Indicators

Target

Date to achieve target

Actual Results

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

Public, private sector and academia access authoritative, reliable and accurate geodetic, geographic and geospatial information for the management of natural resources and lands

Number of times geospatial information tools and services are accessed

New baseline to be set based on 2016-17 number

March 31,  2018

Performance indicator did not exist in 2013-14

Performance indicator did not exist in 2014-15

Performance indicator did not exist in 2015-16

Governments and other program stakeholders can access a suite of up-to-date, comprehensive geospatial assets

Average time elapsed from image receipt to the staging of emergency flood response products

4 hours or less

March 31,  2018

Performance indicator did not exist in 2013-14

Performance indicator did not exist in 2014-15

Performance indicator did not exist in 2015-16

Stakeholders access georeferencing at the highest accuracy levels through a common coordinate reference system consistent with international standards

Number of times geodetic tools and services are accessed

Same or increased from past fiscal year

March 31,  2018

Performance indicator did not exist in 2013-14

Performance indicator did not exist in 2014-15

Performance indicator did not exist in 2015-16

Sub-Program 3.2.2: Canada’s Legal Boundaries

Description

Through this Sub-program, NRCan ensures boundary certainty by proper maintenance of the Canada-US international boundary for law enforcement, land administration, customs and immigration, and transboundary resource management; effective boundary surveys of Indigenous settlement lands to meet Canada's obligations under land claim settlement legislation and treaties; and statutory registration of legal surveys on Canada Lands (the North, Canada's offshore area, Indigenous Lands and National Parks), essential to the creation of legal property boundaries. The boundary certainty provided by NRCan through this Sub-program enables effective management of Canada lands and collaboration across jurisdictions, which advance the interests of Canada's natural resource sectors, both domestically and internationally.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2017–18
Planned Spending

2018–19
Planned Spending

2019–20
Planned Spending

12,851,311

11,658,637

11,686,238

Human Resources (FTEs)

2017–18

2018–19

2019–20

111

107

107

Performance Results

Expected Results

Performance Indicators

Target

Date to achieve target

Actual Results

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

Statutory obligations, including interdepartmental commitments, are achieved in support of boundary certainty for Canada (including the Canada-US boundary) and First Nation Lands

Percentage completion of Canadian obligations for Canada-US boundary maintenance requirements established in the semi-annual Commissioners' Meeting Records of Decision

100%

March 31,  2018

Performance indicator did not exist in 2013-14

100%

90%

Percentage of statutory obligations and interdepartmental commitments achieved as defined in the legislation and agreements for Canada and First Nation lands

100%

March 31,  2018

100%

100%

98%

Sub-Program 3.2.3: Polar Continental Shelf Logistics Support

Description

Through its Polar Continental Shelf Program (PCSP), NRCan coordinates logistics for Canadian government agencies, provincial, territorial and northern organizations, universities and independent groups conducting research, particularly in Canada's North. Through this work, NRCan supports science and government priorities and contributes to the exercise of Canadian Arctic sovereignty. PCSP services include air transportation to and from remote field camps throughout the Canadian Arctic, field equipment and vehicles across Canada, and fuel for aircraft, equipment and camps. They also include meals, accommodations and working space (including a multi-purpose laboratory) at the PCSP facility in Resolute, Nunavut, and a communications network that links the PCSP with science teams in field camps dispersed throughout the Canadian Arctic.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2017–18
Planned Spending

2018–19
Planned Spending

2019–20
Planned Spending

8,569,697

7,289,017

7,325,495

Human Resources (FTEs)

2017–18

2018–19

2019–20

37

37

37

Performance Results

Expected Results

Performance Indicators

Target

Date to achieve target

Actual Results

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

Canadian Arctic researchers and federal government departments and agencies receive the requested PCSP field logistics support

Percentage of requests for logistics coordination services that were supported by PCSP

95%

March 31,  2018

93%

97%

99%

Sub-Program 3.2.4: United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea

Description

Through this Sub-program, NRCan conducts seabed and seismic surveys to compile accurate coordinates on the limits of the continental shelf area, as well as to support Global Affairs Canada with the presentation, interpretation and defence of the scientific evidence included in the formal submission. Canada aims to secure international recognition for this precisely determined extended area over which it may exercise sovereign rights over the natural resources of the seabed and subsoil.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2017–18
Planned Spending

2018–19
Planned Spending

2019–20
Planned Spending

1,275,447

501,788

506,416

Human Resources (FTEs)

2017–18

2018–19

2019–20

3

1

1

Performance Results

Expected Results

Performance Indicators

Target

Date to achieve target

Actual Results

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

Global Affairs Canada (GAC) presents a comprehensive, scientifically sound submission for Canada's claim to the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS) beyond 200 nautical miles

Percentage of required scientific and technical data and analysis delivered to GAC for Canada’s submission to the CLCS

100%

March 31,  2018

Sub-program did not exist in 2013-14

On track

On track to achieve 100%

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