Section II: Analysis of Program(s) by Strategic Outcome(s) 2014-15

This section provides information on programs that are critical to the realization of NRCan’s strategic outcomes and priorities for 2014-15.

More information about these programs and initiatives, as well as supporting evidence from internal evaluations and audit reports, can be found on NRCan’s websitexix.

Strategic Outcome 1: Canada's Natural Resource Sectors are Globally Competitive

Description: Canada is a major producer and exporter of natural resources. Being competitive in Canadian and foreign markets is imperative to the nation’s economic growth. The objective of this Strategic Outcome (SO) is to help Canada’s natural resource sectors become more globally competitive by adapting to the continuously changing conditions of success. This will be achieved by supporting the natural resource sectors to expand and diversify their markets to respond to the high demand from emerging economies, and diversify their product offerings to remain innovative and competitive.

Program 1.1: Market Access and Diversification

Description: Canada’s natural resource sectors face two key barriers to market access and diversification: 1) trade and policy barriers, and 2) lack of awareness of Canada’s natural resource products. The objectives of this Program are to break down those barriers and support the development and expansion of markets for Canadian natural resource products by making information available to Canadians, supporting negotiations to reduce trade barriers, and ensuring that regulations are up to date. This helps maintain natural resource sectors’ access to existing markets and increases their access to new market segments.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)
2014-15
Main Estimates
2014-15
Planned Spending
2015-16
Planned Spending
2016-17
Planned Spending
56,085,530 56,085,530 43,497,846 41,589,231

 

Human Resources (FTEs)
2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
246 248 227

 

Performance Measurement
Expected Results Performance
Indicators
Targets Date to be Achieved
Natural resource sectors have increased access to existing markets. Natural resource sectors have access to markets as defined by exports of energy products, mineral and metal products and forest products. Meet or exceed baseline percentage of market access (baseline to be established in 2013-14) March 31, 2015
Natural resource sectors have increased access to new market segments. Natural resource sectors have access to new market segments as defined by exports of energy products, mineral and metal products and forest products. Meet or exceed baseline percentage of access to new market segments (baseline to be established in 2013-14) March 31, 2015

 

Planning Highlights

Theme I Theme IIITo maintain Canada’s position as a global mining leader, NRCan will continue to diversify markets for its minerals and metals commodities, as well as related mining services, technologies and know-how. NRCan will also work internationally to build capacity within emerging economies to promote the development of regulatory environments that are conducive to Canadian mining investment and with companies to promote ongoing adoption of corporate social responsibility practices.

The forest sector faces competition from emerging producers of wood and needs to diversify its exports to a greater market base in order to stabilize them in times of cyclical changes in key traditional markets. As a result, NRCan will support wood products associations in their efforts to increase the forest sector’s access to new markets and to develop new market segments such as in the non-residential and mid-rise sector. The energy sector contends with international barriers, such as the European Union’s Fuel Quality Directive. In response, NRCan will undertake promotion efforts to position Canada as a responsible resource developer, for example, by providing science-based information to support the environmental reputation of Canada’s forest sector. It will pursue opportunities for domestic inter-governmental cooperation and international collaboration. NRCan will also update the regulatory framework that governs Canada’s energy sources.

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

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. Also through this Sub-program, NRCan provides expertise to assist with the establishment of global partnerships to advance the competitive position of Canada's minerals and metals sector as a responsible source of supply.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2014-15
Planned Spending

2015-16
Planned Spending

2016-17
Planned Spending

1,953,676

1,965,761

1,965,761

 

Human Resources (FTEs)

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

4

4

4

 

Performance Measurement

Expected Results

Performance
Indicators

Targets

Date to be Achieved

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

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

97%

March 31, 2015

Planning Highlights

To address barriers that Canadian diamond producers face and ensure access to international markets, NRCan will continue to implement Canada’s international obligations under the Kimberly Certification process. It will ensure that Kimberley Process export certificates are issued within one business day of receipt of a completed and valid application. NRCan will also provide advice to the Minister and other government departments and agencies to support decision-making on minerals and metals issues, with the aim of advancing global partnerships and bolstering Canada’s competitive position as a supplier of minerals and metals.

Sub-Program 1.1.2: Forest Products Market Access and Development

Description: Canada's forest sector has traditionally relied heavily on exports of wood for residential construction in the United States. To maximize value from its resource, Canada must develop new forest products and end-uses in existing markets, and diversify its geographical markets. To do so, it must reduce barriers to market access posed by trade restrictions, tariffs, regulations and misconceptions of the environmental record of Canada's forest sector and its products. 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. It also provides 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. Also, it provides expertise to other federal departments in support of Canada's international negotiating positions on trade and environmental issues. This Sub-program includes two programs: Expanding Market Opportunities and Implementation of the International Climate Change Strategy and continued engagement and alignment with the United States, including the Clean Energy Dialogue.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2014-15
Planned Spending

2015-16
Planned Spending

2016-17
Planned Spending

21,919,975

21,019,975

20,611,361

 

Human Resources (FTEs)

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

73

74

67

 

Performance Measurement

Expected Results

Performance Indicators

Targets

Date to be Achieved

Forest industry has increased sales of Canadian wood products in international 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., the United States) 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, 2017

Dollar value of wood product sales in targeted offshore markets (China, Korea, Japan and Europe (EU 27)) 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, 2017

Forest industry has increased sales of Canadian wood products in new market segments

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, 2017

Stakeholders in targeted international markets have positive perception of Canadian forest practices and products

Percentage of targeted stakeholders who have a positive perception of Canadian forest practices and products

Majority (51%) of targeted stakeholders have positive perceptions

March 31, 2017

Planning Highlights

Theme ITo support the competitiveness of wood products and access to new market segments, NRCan will work in partnership with forest product associations and with other levels of government to carry out market development and acceptance activities. One such activity includes the dissemination of information to promote the environmental reputation of Canada’s forest sector, particularly in emerging markets and in North America. This work will ultimately contribute to increasing the positive perception of Canadian forest practices and products among international stakeholders.

NRCan will analyze key forest carbon options for climate change mitigation, ensure that Canada’s international climate change objectives related to forests are advanced in international meetings, and continue to develop Canada’s National Forest Carbon Monitoring, Accounting and Reporting System to provide annual estimates of the inventory of forest-related greenhouse gas emissions (FSDS Implementation Strategy 1.1.57).

Sub-Program 1.1.3: Energy Market Regulation and Information

Description: Canada realizes many benefits as a result of robust energy markets and strong trade in energy resources. Ensuring these benefits continue to contribute to the broader economy requires regular assessment, analysis and monitoring of Canadian energy resources, including infrastructure and regulations. Through this Sub-program, NRCan aims to foster a competitive Canadian energy sector by working with provinces and territories, and internationally, to articulate Canada's approach to the management of energy resources. It assesses and updates (when necessary) federal energy regulations and policies relating to such areas as offshore oil and gas, pipelines, and nuclear; engages domestically and internationally on energy issues; and provides Canadians with information on energy markets.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2014-15
Planned Spending

2015-16
Planned Spending

2016-17
Planned Spending

32,211,879

20,512,110

19,012,109

 

Human Resources (FTEs)

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

169

170

156

 

Performance Measurement

Expected Results

Performance Indicators

Targets

Date to be Achieved

Collaboration between federal, provincial, territorial governments on energy issues

Percentage of priorities, as identified by Energy Ministers, completed on time

100%

Late summer 2014

[Priorities are delivered and reported on as per the annual Energy & Mines Ministers' Conference (EMMC) which typically occurs in late summer.]

The Government of Canada's regulatory framework governing Canada’s energy resources (e.g., pipelines, frontier lands and offshore oil and gas) is renewed and continuously improved

Number of assessments and/or updates to energy regulations and/or Canada's energy regulatory framework

1

Ongoing

 

Planning Highlights

Addressing the barriers that the energy sector faces in gaining access to international markets and new market segments will require a multi-pronged approach. The approach will focus, in equal parts, on the regulatory, federal-provincial and global contexts. Specifically, the department will:

Update the Government of Canada’s regulatory framework that governs Canada’s energy resources, including:

  1. advancing regulations that focus on outcomes rather than specific steps in support of responsible resource development for offshore petroleum and by developing modern occupational health and safety regulations for the Atlantic Accord areas, in partnership with the provinces of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador;
  2. supporting the amendment of the National Energy Board’s (NEB) Damage Prevention Regulations to ensure the effective management of safety and environmental protection for work near pipelines;
  3. providing policy support to the amendment of the NEB Part VI (Oil and Gas) Regulations to update the NEB’s oil and gas import and export regulatory framework; and,
  4. establishing regulations pursuant to the Nuclear Liability and Compensation Act to designate nuclear installations and the operators for those installations, and prescribe classes of nuclear installations and the amounts of liability applicable to those classes.
  5. developing new regulations under the National Energy Board Act to clarify liability and ensure pipelines have sufficient financial capacity to respond to potential incidents.

Aside from supporting the competitiveness of Canada’s energy products, these updates will also support the continuous improvement of the regulatory framework.

In addition to the regulatory updates, NRCan will also advance the restructuring of Atomic Energy of Canada Limited’s Nuclear Laboratories through a competitive procurement process to bring private-sector rigour and efficiencies into the management of its facilities and services under a Government-owned, Contractor-operated model.

At the federal-provincial level, the Department will engage and collaborate with provinces and territories on energy priorities (e.g., Energy and Mines Ministers’ Conference) to improve market access for energy products, while supporting energy production across the country through knowledge sharing, and the alignment of policy and program efforts, where appropriate.

NRCan will promote Canadian energy resources to enhance and diversify market access by addressing barriers, such as the European Union’s Fuel Quality Directive, and branding Canada globally as a reliable and responsible resource developer through international bilateral and multilateral engagement, advocacy and communications.

To help increase the participation of Aboriginal people in west coast energy development, the department will engage with Aboriginal peoples on the report of the Special Federal Representative on West Coast Energy Infrastructure, as well as provinces and industry, and identify the most promising avenues for meaningful follow-up.

Program 1.2: Innovation for New Products and Processes

Description: Optimizing the use of Canada's natural resources and the processes by which they are developed would improve the productivity and competitiveness of natural resource sectors. The objective of this Program is to maximize productivity and competitiveness by encouraging the adoption of new technologies and processes and the development of new products. These objectives are achieved by conducting and supporting research and development and by delivering frameworks and policies for, and demonstrations of, new applications, technologies, processes, and products.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2014-15
Main Estimates

2014-15
Planned Spending

2015-16
Planned Spending

2016-17
Planned Spending

67,598,586

67,598,586

66,175,755

64,218,235

 

Human Resources (FTEs)

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

303

302

300

 

Performance Measurement

Expected Results

Performance
Indicators

Targets

Date to be Achieved

Natural resource sectors increase production of new products and processes

 

Number of new products and processes resulting from NRCan information

5

March 31, 2015

Research and development (R&D) expenditures in natural resource sectors, specifically total intramural R&D expenditures in energy, mining and forest sectors

Favourable
10-year trend

March 31, 2015

Public and private sector organizations' business and program decision-making is improved as a result of geospatial innovation

Number of public or private sector organizations related to natural resource development citing improved decision making resulting from NRCan's innovative geospatial systems, applications or frameworks

5

March 31, 2015

 

Planning Highlights

Increasing access to international markets and new market segments supports the global competitiveness of Canada’s natural resource sectors. However, maintaining that competitiveness is also dependent on increasing the productivity and diversification of Canada’s natural resource products. NRCan will seek to encourage the adoption of new technologies by industry stakeholders in all sectors. For the minerals and metals sector, the focus will be on the development of demonstration of technologies that will aim to reduce the risks associated with exploration. The Department will continue to work through the Federal Committee on Geomatics and Earth Observation to advance the adoption of common standards for authoritative, interoperable geospatial information, services and applications, enabling collaboration across Government, innovation and better services for Canadians. In support of the forest sector, NRCan will assist with the development of new end-uses for products to expand opportunities beyond traditional uses and markets.

Sub-Program 1.2.1: Mining Innovation

Description: Increased innovation is needed to improve the productivity and competitiveness of Canadian mines. However, declining university enrolment in mining-related fields and changes in the industry are affecting Canada's capacity for mining innovation. Through this Sub-program, NRCan encourages mining innovation by using a collaborative approach to reduce financial risks for industry partners, and 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)

2014-15
Planned Spending

2015-16
Planned Spending

2016-17
Planned Spending

3,387,585

3,387,585

3,387,572

 

Human Resources (FTEs)

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

38

38

38

 

Performance Measurement

Expected Results

Performance
Indicators

Targets

Date to be Achieved

Technology developers increase demonstration of innovative mining and processing technologies

Number of demonstration projects

2 over 5 years

March 31, 2017

 

Planning Highlights

By managing the physical and financial risks of the early stages of technological development, the Department is able to overcome the barriers to adoption of new technologies and encourage their ultimate use by the minerals and metals industry. For example, NRCan will conduct a demonstration project of an innovative new alternative to Portland cement binder technology in back-fill for underground mine openings.

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 must focus on innovation (i.e., research, development and deployment) and move 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 (Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal), 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 the Forest Innovation Program, Forest Research Institutes Initiative, and Canadian Regulatory System for Biotechnology.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2014-15
Planned Spending

2015-16
Planned Spending

2016-17
Planned Spending

53,286,840

52,165,401

50,207,968

 

Human Resources (FTEs)

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

188

187

185

 

Performance Measurement

Expected Results

Performance
Indicators

Targets

Date to be Achieved

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, 2015

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

Number of new higher-value Canadian forest products or processes that lead to new technologies produced

10

March 31, 2017

Planning Highlights

The development of a more diversified wood product mix will require financial investments in new technologies and the provision of expertise to optimize the commercial potential of existing products. Through its Forest Innovation Program, NRCan will support the forest sector’s efforts to develop opportunities in bioenergy, bio-products and next generation building materials. NRCan will also provide advice and information to industry and policy makers on optimizing the value of forest fibre from production to the promotion of the products.

In addition, NRCan will contribute to increasing Aboriginal participation in major resource projects relating to forestry by enhancing the depth of Aboriginal capacity to do so and seize new opportunities. The Department will also participate in the Federal Framework for Aboriginal Economic Development through its funding program, the Strategic Partnerships Initiative.

Sub-Program 1.2.3: Geospatial Innovation

Description: Natural resource sectors, like other public and private sectors, rely on location-based information to make production and business decisions. This Sub-program supports federal, provincial, territorial, and private sector partnerships and collaboration to deliver cost-effective geospatial science, technology, data, policy and applications solutions that are built once and used many times across economic, social and environmental sectors. This Sub program includes the GeoConnections program.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2014-15
Planned Spending

2015-16
Planned Spending

2016-17
Planned Spending

10,924,161

10,622,768

10,622,694

 

Human Resources (FTEs)

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

77

77

77

 

Performance Measurement

Expected Results

Performance
Indicators

Targets

Date to be Achieved

Interoperability of geospatial data

Number of public or private sector organizations adopting recognizable standards, policies, tools and frameworks in value-added applications to support their business objectives

10 federal departments and 3 large private sector companies

March 31, 2015

 

Planning Highlights

There is a growing need for data integration and modeling to help address complex, horizontal issues facing the Government of Canada today. As a result, NRCan will continue to work through the Federal Committee on Geomatics and Earth Observation to ensure that the way government shares, uses and manages its location-based (known as “geospatial”) information is appropriate for new uses. In 2014-15, NRCan will also develop action plans based on a pan-Canadian strategic framework for the entire geomatics sector.

At the federal-provincial-territorial level, the Department will collaborate with provinces and territories through the Canadian Committee on Geomatics to re-renew the Geomatics Accord. As demonstrated by the success of the Canadian Geospatial Data Infrastructure (CGDI), the adoption of common standards, policies and tools can increase the interoperability, accessibility and use of geospatial information across a large variety of organizations. As such, the adoption of standards will also be pursued through engagement with the Canadian Geomatics Community Round Table and with select private sector or not-for-profit firms to enable small and medium enterprises (SMEs) as well as larger firms, to help drive innovation, achieve operational efficiencies, and improve service to Canadians.

Program 1.3: Investment in Natural Resource Sectors

Description: Investing in the development of natural resources is costly and risky due to inherent uncertainties in the potential economic viability of natural resource projects. Many factors must be considered when deciding whether to develop a natural resource project. In some cases, limited information may make it difficult for investors and/or companies to assess potential opportunities. The objective of this Program is to encourage investment in the natural resource sectors by increasing industry's knowledge of opportunities, regulations and obligations. This ensures that a more accurate assessment of the expected benefits of an investment can be made and subsequently compared to its costs and risks, thereby allowing for a more comprehensive investment decision. This objective is achieved by providing funding and information on the factors that determine the potential economic viability of natural resource projects.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2014-15
Main Estimates

2014-15
Planned Spending

2015-16
Planned Spending

2016-17
Planned Spending

55,641,175

55,641,175

53,472,654

54,134,355

 

Human Resources (FTEs)

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

402

367

365

 

Performance Measurement

Expected Results

Performance
Indicators

Targets

Date to be Achieved

Natural resource sectors have increased investment

 

Growth of capital expenditures in the energy sector (average of past 5 years) compared to growth in overall capital expenditures in Canada (average of past 5 years)

The average 5-year growth rate of capital expenditures in the energy sector is equal to or higher than the average 5-year growth rate in capital expenditures in Canada

March 31, 2015

Growth of capital expenditures in the forest sector (average of past 5 years) compared to growth in overall capital expenditures in Canada (average of past 5 years)

The average 5-year growth rate of capital expenditures in the forest sector is equal to or higher than the average 5-year growth rate in capital expenditures in Canada

March 31, 2015

Growth of capital expenditures in the minerals and metals sector (average of past 5 years) compared to growth in overall capital expenditures in Canada (average of past 5 years)

The average 5-year growth rate of capital expenditures in the minerals and metals sector is equal to or higher than the average 5-year growth rate in capital expenditures in Canada

March 31, 2015

Planning Highlights

Access to international markets and new market segments and innovation to support the global competitiveness of the natural resource sectors require capital investment. In 2014-15, NRCan will promote increased capital investment by the private sector through dissemination of knowledge on opportunities for investment and promotion activities that position Canada as an attractive destination for capital.

Potential opportunities and new methodologies for industry investment in Canada’s North will be identified through the Geo-Mapping for Energy and Minerals 2 program. NRCan will also conduct targeted resource assessments and develop tools for use in unconventional and untapped energy resource areas. Such new geoscience information, methods, tools and models will serve to support the discovery of new mineral deposits and the mining industry’s effectiveness and long-term prosperity. Departmental efforts to promote capital investment in Canadian natural resources will also focus on the minerals and metals sector. On the regulatory side, work will continue through the Major Projects Management Office Initiative to continuously improve the federal regulatory system.

Sub-Program 1.3.1: Mineral Investment

Description: Canada must compete for mineral investment because capital is mobile and flows to countries that offer attractive, risk-adjusted returns for investors. Mineral exploration creates opportunities for Canadians and can lead to increasing investments and revenue from resources over the medium term. Governments need specific information on mineral exploration and mine development to manage policies that affect mineral investment. 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 and trade. NRCan prepares tax rulings for provisions of the Income Tax Act administered by the Minister, and provides expertise, analysis and support to other departments with a lead responsibility for tax and investment policies.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2014-15
Planned Spending

2015-16
Planned Spending

2016-17
Planned Spending

9,894,495

9,894,495

9,894,390

 

Human Resources (FTEs)

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

105

104

104

 

Performance Measurement

Expected Results

Performance
Indicators

Targets

Date to be Achieved

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

Number of data sets released

5

March 31, 2017

Planning Highlights

To increase capital investments in the minerals and metals sector, the Department will promote Canadian best practices in responsible mineral resource governance internationally through the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development, and by furthering work on Corporate Social Responsibility. NRCan is committed to providing information on mineral socio-economic data as well as on foreign markets and working with global partners. NRCan will also promote Canada as a competitive destination for foreign direct investment by highlighting Canada’s positive investment climate for mineral capital.

Sub-Program 1.3.2: Targeted Geoscience Initiative 4 (TGI4)

Description: Mineral resources are one of the principal economic drivers in many rural and remote Canadian communities. Known reserves are declining and new geoscience knowledge and techniques are required to help industry explore more effectively for undiscovered mineral resources in existing and emerging mining areas. Through this Sub-program, NRCan develops an understanding of entire mineral systems and provides industry with innovative ways for deep exploration, thereby maximizing yield. It targets selected mineral districts across Canada to provide the best examples of Canada's major ore systems, and to develop optimal predictive models and techniques for deep exploration. This helps natural resource sectors access viable investment opportunities. This Sub-program includes the Targeted Geoscience Initiative 4 program.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2014-15
Planned Spending

2015-16
Planned Spending

2016-17
Planned Spending

8,022,725

5,233,750

5,233,712

 

Human Resources (FTEs)

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

56

50

49

 

Performance Measurement

Expected Results

Performance
Indicators

Targets

Date to be Achieved

Industry applies NRCan knowledge and/or techniques, enabling more effective exploration for as-yet undiscovered resources

Number of attributions of use of NRCan's geoscience knowledge and techniques in exploration strategies resulting in greater exploration effectiveness

5

March 31, 2015

Planning Highlights

Another way to increase capital expenditures is to enable more effective exploration of new or previously untapped resources. The Targeted Geoscience Initiative 4 is instrumental in providing geoscience knowledge that supports the development of techniques that make such exploration more effective. NRCan will also develop proposals to pursue its work on the development of geoscience tools, methods and knowledge.

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

Description: Public geoscience information stimulates industry investment, which might not otherwise occur given the level of uncertainty about exploration opportunities. Through this Sub-program, NRCan provides modern geological knowledge of the northern landmass to the private sector to guide exploration investment in the North. It focuses on characterizing the regional geological context to establish whether areas have a high or low likelihood of resource potential. In addition to reducing risk and stimulating exploration investments by industry, this same geological knowledge also informs Northerners' land-use decisions so that they can undertake responsible resource development that does not compromise conservation efforts or other land-use considerations. Through this Sub-program, NRCan promotes exploration and long-term sustainable development for vast and untapped resources in the North. This Sub-program includes the Geo-Mapping for Energy and Minerals program.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2014-15
Planned Spending

2015-16
Planned Spending

2016-17
Planned Spending

28,618,359

33,020,503

33,682,371

 

Human Resources (FTEs)

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

179

175

174

 

Performance Measurement

Expected Results

Performance
Indicators

Targets

Date to be Achieved

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

50

March 31, 2015

Planning Highlights

The Geo-Mapping for Energy and Minerals Program (GEM) provides geoscience information and knowledge to inform Northerners’ land-use decisions, promoting responsible resource exploration and, ultimately, investments. Specifically, in 2014-15, the program will deliver public geoscience information and knowledge on Canada’s Northern regions such as regional geophysical surveys and geological maps and reports. Doing so will guide industry towards areas of high mineral and energy resource potential and support evidence-based land-use planning in those areas. NRCan will also develop proposals to pursue its work on geoscience.

Sub-Program 1.3.4: New Energy Supply

Description: Given increased energy use and global decline in conventional energy resources, the development of new sources of energy is important in addressing Canada's long-term energy requirements. These new sources will support the energy supply mix, which is an important part of sustainable long-term economic growth in Canada. However, Canada's private sector currently lacks geoscience information to enable it to make the best investment decisions. Through this Sub-program, NRCan provides the public and private energy sector with strategic assessments, methodologies and information required to make investment decisions on unconventional (shale oil and shale gas) and northern and offshore energy resources, which could increase natural resource investment and support a sustainable energy mix to meet Canada’s future energy demands.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2014-15
Planned Spending

2015-16
Planned Spending

2016-17
Planned Spending

5,323,906

5,323,906

5,323,882

 

Human Resources (FTEs)

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

38

38

38

 

Performance Measurement

Expected Results

Performance
Indicators

Targets

Date to be Achieved

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
 

25

2015

Planning Highlights

Potential investors are more likely to provide capital for untapped or new energy sources if they have knowledge of those sources as well at the potential pay-offs. To this end, NRCan will produce and release reports, tools, assessments and models to help industry, government and other stakeholders better understand Canada’s shale petroleum resource potential. The Department will also conduct targeted resource assessments of unconventional, Northern and Offshore basins.

Sub-Program 1.3.5: Major Projects Management Office Initiative

Description: Major resource projects represent significant economic investments, creating thousands of jobs and providing important economic development opportunities for communities across Canada. As much as $650 billion is expected to be invested in more than 600 major resource projects across Canada over the next 10 years. Efficient and effective federal project reviews facilitate these investments and capitalize on the potential to stimulate jobs and growth through responsible resource development, while also maintaining strong environmental protection. 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 Aboriginal people.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2014-15
Planned Spending

2015-16
Planned Spending

2016-17
Planned Spending

3,781,689

-

-

 

Human Resources (FTEs)

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

24

-

-

 

Performance Measurement

Expected Results

Performance
Indicators

Targets

Date to be Achieved

Regulatory reviews of major projects are completed in a predictable and timely manner

Timeliness:
Average review time of completed MPMO projects

<2 years

Ongoing

System-wide improvement of the federal regulatory process for major project reviews

Legislative, regulatory and policy improvements advanced through the MPMO Initiative

Continuous improvement

Ongoing

Planning Highlights

Theme IIIEnsuring that the regulatory process is efficient and effective is essential for attracting capital investment in all natural resource sectors. NRCan will implement the plan for Responsible Resource Development by advancing system-wide improvements to the federal regulatory system, and ensuring consistency across federal legislative, regulatory, policy and program initiatives related to major resource projects. This will include pipelineFootnote 7 and marine safety systems and enhancing Aboriginal consultation.

NRCan will also provide project management and oversight of more than 70 major resource projects to ensure timely and predictable reviews, and collaborate with provincial partners to develop mechanisms and agreements for aligning federal and provincial regulatory review processes for major projects.

Program 1.4: Statutory Programs – Atlantic Offshore

Description: Through this Program, NRCan monitors and facilitates payment disbursal agreements and transfer payments under the Atlantic Offshore Accord Acts. The Program includes the following programs: Canada Newfoundland Offshore Petroleum Board; Payments to the Newfoundland Offshore Petroleum Resource Revenue Fund; Payments to the Nova Scotia Offshore Revenue Account; Nova Scotia Crown Share Adjustment Payment; and Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2014-15
Main Estimates

2014-15
Planned Spending

2015-16
Planned Spending

2016-17
Planned Spending

1,293,425,000

1,293,425,000

1,328,316,000

1,518,474,000

 

Human Resources (FTEs)

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

-

-

-

 

Performance Measurement

Expected Results

Performance
Indicators

Targets

Date to be Achieved

Statutory requirements relating to offshore petroleum payments in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador are managed in a timely manner

Percentage of offshore payments processed in a timely manner

(Note: this is based on performance information from 2011-12 PMF)

100%

Ongoing

Statutory requirements relating to offshore petroleum payments in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador are managed in an accurate manner

Percentage of offshore payments processed in an accurate manner

(Note: this is based on performance information from 2011-12 PMF)

100%

Ongoing

Planning Highlights

The Atlantic Offshore Accords provide that the benefits of revenues from offshore petroleum should flow to provinces as if the resources were on land. Revenues collected by the Receiver General for Canada in this regard are paid to the provinces of Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador.

NRCan will continue to process offshore transfer payments to both Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador as required under the Atlantic Offshore Accord Acts in a timely and accurate manner.

Strategic Outcome 2: Natural Resource Sectors and Consumers are Environmentally Responsible

Description: Energy use and natural resource development can have negative impacts on the land, water, and air, which can affect the standard of living of current and future generations. The objective of this Strategic Outcome (SO) is to encourage natural resource consumers and sectors to lessen and prevent environmental impacts. Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) contributes to the achievement of this outcome by encouraging the adoption of cleaner and more efficient technologies, products, practices and services, fostering innovative solutions to environmental challenges associated with natural resource development and use, and enabling the management of potential impacts on the environment.

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

Description: Canada’s energy markets are defined by the decisions of consumers and producers who do not necessarily make choices that minimize their impact on the environment. Multiple barriers exist, including a lack of awareness of available options and their benefits, insufficient capacity for adoption (e.g., regulatory frameworks, codes and standards), and financial risk. The objectives of this Program are to address these barriers by encouraging and enabling energy consumers and producers to adopt cleaner and more efficient technologies, products, services and practices. These objectives are achieved through education and outreach activities, targeted incentives, and regulatory interventions that keep pace with technological changes.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2014-15
Main Estimates

2014-15
Planned Spending

2015-16
Planned Spending

2016-17
Planned Spending

464,018,045

464,018,045

255,596,149

188,718,695

 

Human Resources (FTEs)

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

291

288

122

 

Performance Measurement

Expected Results

Performance
Indicators

Targets

Date to be Achieved

Energy consumers and producers adopt environmentally responsible products and practices related to energy use and production

Biofuel production in Canada

Favourable 5-year trend, as per 2007 baseline of 786.1 million litres of ethanol and 92.8 million litres of biodiesel

Now, and Ongoing

Canada's total annual energy savings due to efficiency (difference between energy use without energy efficiency improvements and energy use with energy efficiency improvements; the units are petajoules (PJ))

Favourable 5-year trend in PJ saved, as per 2008 baseline

Now, and Ongoing

Renewable electricity generation capacity in megawatts (MW)

Favourable 5-year trend in MW, as per 2007 baseline of 6,753 MW of installed capacity (excluding large hydro)

Now, and Ongoing

Planning Highlights

Theme IReducing the environmental impacts of energy-use from traditional sources requires the identification and production of renewable energy sources. To this end, NRCan will support the Government of Canada in better understanding these sources (e.g., marine energy) and work with industry stakeholders to bolster capacity for its production through the ecoENERGY for Renewable Power program. The Department will also increase consumers’ knowledge of energy-efficient practices through training under the ecoENERGY Efficiency program. These efforts will ultimately assist with reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Sub-Program 2.1.1: Renewable Energy Deployment

Description: Canada has abundant renewable energy resources. Deployment of renewable energy technologies will diversify Canada’s energy mix and, in the long term, decrease Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions. Through this Sub-program, NRCan is developing a supportive policy framework for administering marine renewable energy measures in the federal offshore through the Marine Renewable Energy Enabling Measures program. NRCan also supports production from renewable energy projects already deployed through the ecoENERGY for Renewable Power and Wind Power Production Incentive programs.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2014-15
Planned Spending

2015-16
Planned Spending

2016-17
Planned Spending

162,155,190

156,756,355

142,445,330

 

Human Resources (FTEs)

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

8

7

7

 

Performance Measurement

Expected Results

Performance
Indicators

Targets

Date to be Achieved

Renewable electricity is produced by the projects supported by NRCan programs

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

15.7 TWh

March 31, 2015

Stakeholders have timely access to information on policy options for developing a regulatory framework for the development of marine renewable energy in the federal offshore

Policy paper advancing knowledge of policy options for administering marine renewable energy in Canada’s federal offshore is produced on time

1 policy paper

March 31, 2015

Planning Highlights

Theme IMarine renewable energy is a largely untapped power source for Canada. NRCan will complete a policy paper to advance knowledge of policy options for administering marine renewable energy in Canada's federal offshoresFootnote 8. NRCan will also support the production of up to a maximum of 15.7 terawatt-hours of clean electricity through the ecoENERGY for Renewable Power and Wind Power Production Incentive programs.Footnote 9

NRCan will further support the government by managing the loan guarantee for the Lower Churchill River hydroelectric projects.

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

Description: Canada requires an understanding of how clean energy production options can fit within the broader energy system. Public and federal government decision-makers need information to evaluate the effectiveness of solutions to the domestic and international environmental impacts of energy development. Through this Sub-program, NRCan provides tools, information and analysis to federal decision makers and the Canadian public regarding energy-related environmental issues (particularly climate change) and clean energy technologies, and supports Canada's international climate change negotiators. This Sub-program includes activities under three Clean Air Agenda programs: the Clean Energy Policy program, the International Negotiations program, and the Clean Energy Dialogue.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2014-15
Planned Spending

2015-16
Planned Spending

2016-17
Planned Spending

3,818,625

3,818,625

-

 

Human Resources (FTEs

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

20

22

-

 

Performance Measurement

Expected Results

Performance
Indicators

Targets

Date to be Achieved

Canadian international climate change objectives are advanced in international meetings

Percentage of Canadian objectives reflected each year in the outcomes of relevant international meetings (e.g., UNFCCC)

80%

March 31, 2015

The public and federal government decision-makers have access to information that supports decisions on climate change and clean energy issues

Number of new or updated information products available to the public that aim to advance knowledge of Canada's energy resources and environmental impacts

10

March 31, 2015

Provision of information products (e.g., advice and analysis) to federal decision-makers regarding clean energy and environmental issues in response to requests

95% of requests fulfilled

March 31, 2015

Planning Highlights

Theme IThe Department will continue to provide information to decision-makers on domestic clean energy, climate change policy, and energy-related environmental issues, such as the development of greenhouse gas regulations for the oil and gas sectorFootnote 10.

NRCan will also collaborate with the United States to help ensure that the development of oil and gas resources is carried out in a responsible and sustainable manner and will work together to modernize energy use and efficiency, which could include, for example, collaboration on harmonized energy efficiency performance standards and labeling. NRCan will also continue to support Environment Canada (the lead Department for Canada) on the Clean Energy Dialogue to enhance clean energy technology implementation to reduce greenhouse gases.

The Department will also advance Canada’s energy and technology interests at environmental and climate change-related international fora (e.g., United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Clean Energy Ministerial process), with the aim of helping to ensure that Canadian objectives are reflected in the outcomes of the discussionsFootnote 11.

Sub-Program 2.1.3: Alternative Transportation Fuels

Description: Alternative fuels (e.g., natural gas, ethanol, biodiesel) have a lower carbon content and thus emit fewer greenhouse gases than conventional transportation fuels, such as gasoline and diesel. However, fuel producers and users, vehicle and equipment manufacturers, and policy makers face barriers to the production and use of alternative transportation fuels. These barriers include lack of market capacity to produce alternative fuels; lack of familiarity by end-users and other stakeholders of the benefits of alternative fuel use; and lack of codes and standards governing alternative vehicles and infrastructure. Through this Sub-program, NRCan is addressing these barriers by increasing production capacity, designing and developing education and outreach materials, and facilitating the design, development and updating of codes and standards. This Sub-program includes the following programs: ecoENERGY for Biofuels and ecoENERGY for Alternative Fuels.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2014-15
Planned Spending

2015-16
Planned Spending

2016-17
Planned Spending

254,504,480

51,524,480

29,108,305

 

Human Resources (FTEs)

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

27

26

24

 

Performance Measurement

Expected Results

Performance
Indicators

Targets

Date to be Achieved

Fuel producers have the capacity to produce renewable alternatives to gasoline and diesel

Number of litres of renewable alternatives to gasoline and diesel that industry has the capacity to produce

Sustain the built production capacity level of December 2012: 1,881 million litres of renewable alternative to gasoline and 555 million litres of renewable to diesel

March 31, 2017

Stakeholders (policy makers, end-users, alternative and conventional fuel producers, and vehicle and equipment manufacturers) have increased knowledge of alternative fuel pathways

Percentage of survey respondents reporting increased knowledge of alternative fuel pathways

Target to be established once baseline information collected from first survey in 2013

March 31, 2016

Standards community has increased ability to develop and update codes and standards related to alternative transportation fuels

Number of codes and standards committees actively working on developing and updating the codes and standards

2 until March 31, 2016

March 31, 2016

Planning Highlights

Theme IThrough its ecoENERGY for Biofuels program, NRCan will support the production in Canada of renewable alternatives to gasoline and dieselFootnote 12. And through the ecoENERGY for Alternative Fuels program, it will support two codes and standards committees within the Canadian Standards Association that will be developing installation codes for natural gas refueling stations and natural gas vehicles, and the establishment of three information hubs (Montréal, Ottawa, Calgary)Footnote 13.

NRCan will also work with key stakeholders (e.g. policy makers, end-users, alternative and conventional fuel producers, vehicle and equipment manufacturers) to increase their knowledge of alternative fuel pathways (FSDS IS 1.1.30).

Sub-Program 2.1.4: Energy Efficiency

Description: Increasing energy efficiency reduces greenhouse gas emissions. Many Canadian energy users are unaware of the benefits of adopting energy-efficient technologies and practices. As well, regulations, codes and standards require ongoing stringency improvements because the energy efficiency of housing, buildings, and energy-using products is continually improving. Through this Sub-program, NRCan encourages the adoption of energy-efficient technologies and practices through labelling, information and training, 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, practices and training. This Sub-program includes the ecoENERGY Efficiency program.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2014-15
Planned Spending

2015-16
Planned Spending

2016-17
Planned Spending

43,539,750

43,496,689

17,165,059

 

Human Resources (FTEs)

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

236

233

91

 

Performance Measurement

Expected Results

Performance
Indicators

Targets

Date to be Achieved

Canadians adopt NRCan-targeted energy efficient products and practices

Number of jurisdictions adopting the 2011 National Energy Code for Buildings (NECB)

4-6 provinces and territories adopting NECB or equivalent

March 31, 2016

Number of provincial, territorial and/or utility programs using NRCan-developed housing standards and systems

12 regional programs using NRCan-developed housing standards and systems

Ongoing, to 31-Mar-16

Increased energy efficiency resulting from NRCan programs

Petajoules of energy saved through energy efficiency programming

36-44 petajoules

March 31, 2016

Planning Highlights

Theme IIn addition to increasing government’s understanding of renewable sources of energy and supporting industry in generating those sources, NRCan will foster adoption of energy-efficient practices at the individual and household levelsFootnote 14. For instance, through its ecoENERGY Efficiency program in 2014-15, NRCan will contribute 25-32 petajoules of energy savings, which is equivalent to the energy required by 240,000 to 300,000 households over one year (excluding transportation requirements). The program will also be used to support training sessions on energy efficient products and practices for 200,000 individuals in the transportation sector, 800 in the buildings sector, 500 in the housing sector, and 750 in the industrial sectorFootnote 15.

Program 2.2: Technology Innovation

Description: S&T is key to overcoming challenges confronted by natural resource sectors in pursuing responsible development. Through this Program, NRCan encourages academia, industry and the public sector to research, develop and demonstrate innovative solutions to environmental challenges. This objective is achieved through the generation and dissemination of scientific knowledge, and the development and demonstration of new technologies.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2014-15
Main Estimates

2014-15
Planned Spending

2015-16
Planned Spending

2016-17
Planned Spending

150,090,774

150,090,774

122,495,639

73,422,952

 

Human Resources (FTEs)

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

591

588

536

 

Performance Measurement

Expected Results

Performance
Indicators

Targets

Date to be Achieved

Stakeholders invest in S&T to address environmental challenges

Dollar value of stakeholder investments in S&T to address environmental challenges

5% increase over previous 5 years

March 31, 2015

Planning Highlights

Theme IA number of environmental challenges arise from energy use, particularly from traditional sources, and the identification and generation of renewable energy sources is one solution. NRCan will make targeted efforts to support the development and uptake of innovative solutions by industry stakeholders to address these environmental challenges and increase adoption of energy efficient practices. Specifically, NRCan will provide S&T expertise in the form of new materials technologies to industry. The Department will also make use of partnerships with external stakeholders, including academia and other government departments, to implement clean energy technology projects.Footnote 16

Sub-Program 2.2.1: Materials for Energy

Description: Opportunities exist to increase the energy efficiency of Canadian industry through the use of innovative materials technology in such applications as clean power generation, reliable transportation of fossil fuels, and fuel-efficient vehicles. 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)

2014-15
Planned Spending

2015-16
Planned Spending

2016-17
Planned Spending

4,122,968

4,122,968

4,123,947

 

Human Resources (FTEs)

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

83

83

82

 

Performance Measurement

Expected Results

Performance
Indicators

Targets

Date to be Achieved

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

Number of advanced materials technologies to which NRCan contributed that are identified by industry stakeholders for implementation in new energy efficient vehicles to be produced in North America

2 over 3 years

March 31, 2015

New materials technologies in clean power generation, safe and reliable energy distribution and energy efficient end-use 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, gas, coal or renewable energy

3 over 5 years

March 31, 2017

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

Number of proposed projects to transport fossil fuels more effectively (safely and efficiently) using new materials technologies developed or validated by NRCan

3 over 5 years

March 31, 2017

Planning Highlights

Theme INRCan is committed to being innovative and aiming to be at the forefront of industry needs by developing, validating and sharing knowledge with industry and research partners regarding technologies developed related to materials for energy. The Department will present to industry one advanced material technology, which will be implemented in the design or processing components of energy efficient vehicles produced in North AmericaFootnote 17. NRCan will develop new materials technologies to transport fossil fuels more efficiently, with a view to reducing the environmental impacts from energy transportation (FSDS IS 1.1.44). Finally, NRCan will develop at least one material solution for key components in the Canadian Generation-IV Supercritical Water-cooled Reactor conceptFootnote 18.

Sub-Program 2.2.2: Green Mining

Description: The development and commercialization of technologies to reduce the impacts of mining and processing entail significant financial, market and technical risk. Through this Sub-program, NRCan develops and demonstrates innovative mining technologies and practices that eliminate or reduce environmental impacts and financial risks. These technologies and practices also expand domestic and international business opportunities for mining companies, technology developers and consultants. NRCan identifies business needs, technology gaps and priorities with input from the Canada Mining Innovation Council and an advisory committee. 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)

2014-15
Planned Spending

2015-16
Planned Spending

2016-17
Planned Spending

6,767,028

6,767,028

6,571,193

 

Human Resources (FTEs)

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

86

87

86

 

Performance Measurement

Expected Results

Performance
Indicators

Targets

Date to be Achieved

Technology developers increase demonstration of environmental technologies

Number of demonstration projects

2 over 5 years

March 31, 2017

Planning Highlights

Theme IEnvironmental technologies are an important aspect of maintaining a strong and sustainable mining sector in Canada and abroad while also protecting the environment. NRCan will therefore support responsible resource management by demonstrating key environmental technologies for green mining to industry and other stakeholders. Specifically, NRCan will undertake a demonstration Footnote 19project to assess the feasibility of biochar for reclamation of mine sites.

Sub-Program 2.2.3: Clean Energy Science and Technology

Description: New technologies help improve the environmental impacts of energy production and use. 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 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. Through this Sub-program, NRCan funds, creates and advances new energy knowledge and technologies. This Sub-program includes the following programs: Clean Energy Fund, ecoENERGY Innovation Initiative and Isotope Technology Acceleration Program.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2014-15
Planned Spending

2015-16
Planned Spending

2016-17
Planned Spending

139,200,779

111,605,643

62,727,812

 

Human Resources (FTEs)

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

422

418

368

 

Performance Measurement

Expected Results

Performance
Indicators

Targets

Date to be Achieved

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, 2015

Planning Highlights

Theme ITo further support environmental performance, NRCan will implement clean energy technology projects with industry, academia and other government departments and agencies to research, develop and demonstrate innovative solutions to environmental challenges in the energy sector. This will include research activities that will support the responsible development and use of energy resources in areas such as energy supply (e.g., fossil fuels, including bitumen, carbon capture and storage and shale gas; renewables; clean electricity), energy distribution, and energy end-use (energy efficiency).

The Department will also improve the security of supply of medical isotopes by investing in the development of alternative technologies through the Isotope Technology Acceleration Program (ITAP), in light of AECL ceasing production of moly-99m by 2016.

Program 2.3: Responsible Natural Resource Management

Description: Greater knowledge of environmental risks and environmentally responsible practices help prevent and reduce the environmental impacts of past, present and future natural resource development. The objectives of this Program are to enable government departments, regulatory bodies and industry to assess these impacts, and to develop, monitor and maintain resources or clean up wastes responsibly. These objectives are achieved through the provision of assessments and knowledge rooted in sound science, and through waste management efforts that are undertaken in collaboration with provinces, federal agencies and municipalities.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2014-15
Main Estimates

2014-15
Planned Spending

2015-16
Planned Spending

2016-17
Planned Spending

179,373,009

179,373,009

181,701,711

167,424,924

 

Human Resources (FTEs)

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

230

231

228

 

Performance Measurement

Expected Results

Performance
Indicators

Targets

Date to be Achieved

Federal government implements waste management practices that meet modern standards for safety and environmental protection

Number of contaminated sites where the environmental impacts are reduced

7 (specifically environmental impacts reduced at Whiteshell and Chalk River Laboratories, Glace Bay, Port Granby and Welcome waste management facilities, Port Hope and Northern Transportation Route sites)

2016

Public and private sectors establish practices to mitigate the environmental impacts to natural resources

Number of public and private sector new or updated policies, regulations or other decision-making tools completed annually

3

2015

Planning Highlights

Theme IIResponsible management of natural resources helps to prevent the adverse environmental impacts that can result from their development. NRCan will assist industry, all levels of government and regulatory bodies in upholding environmentally responsible management practices. Specifically, NRCan will provide public geoscience information and expertise needed to support environmental assessments, to guide groundwater resource management and to better monitor cumulative environmental impacts in key resource development areas. The Department will also provide remote sensing methods, tools and data for monitoring regulatory compliance in the Alberta Oil Sands region.

Sub-Program 2.3.1: Forest Ecosystems Science and Application

Description: Forests are susceptible to climate-related changes, natural (disease) and man-made influences (harvesting, land-use changes). Sustainable development of Canada’s forests requires the understanding, monitoring and assessment of forest ecosystems and their health. Science and knowledge of changing forest dynamics influence decision-making, professional practice, Canada's international reputation and market access to forest-related products. The objective of this Sub-program is to increase the overall scientific knowledge of forest ecosystems and to support knowledge-based sustainable forest management policies and practices. 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 to develop forest management practices and policies, meet reporting obligations, form negotiating positions, and counter misconceptions of Canada's forest practices.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2014-15
Planned Spending

2015-16
Planned Spending

2016-17
Planned Spending

15,901,157

15,876,157

15,876,063

 

Human Resources (FTEs)

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

128

128

125

 

Performance Measurement

Expected Results

Performance
Indicators

Targets

Date to be Achieved

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

Representation of the Canadian Forest Service on advisory boards or committees involving governments, industry and non-governmental organizations in order to provide scientific knowledge on forest ecosystems

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

 

Baseline is 128 advisory boards and committees

March 31, 2015

Planning Highlights

NRCan will conduct and synthesize science-based research on forest ecosystems, which will help enable more effective stewardship of forests, ultimately improving Canada’s environmental reputation. NRCan will also produce estimates of forest-related carbon and greenhouse gas emissions to be used in Canada’s 2014 greenhouse gas National Inventory Report. This report will inform policy for above-ground carbon-related issues that affect forest health and thereby support responsible resource development within the forest sector and other industries. Finally, the Department will publish a series of review papers in a peer-reviewed scientific journal on Canada’s Boreal zone, reflecting its health and sustainability in response to climate change and other drivers.

NRCan will also provide forest and geoscience information and timely expert advice that are scientific, technical and policy based for projects that require environmental assessments under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, including mining projects.

Theme III

Federal Sustainable Development Strategy Target Led by Natural Resources Canada

FSDS Goal

Performance Indicator

FSDS Target

Goal 5: Biological Resources

 

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

 Annual harvest of timber relative to the level of harvest deemed to be sustainable (Allowable Annual Cut (AAC)).

Please note: Provinces are responsible for the management of forests. The federal government collates and analyzes the data provided by provinces and making it available to the public.

 

 

Target 5.3: Sustainable Forest Management: Contribute to the proposed national target that by 2020, continued progress is made on the sustainable management of Canada's forests.

Indicator: Representation of the Canadian Forest Service on advisory boards or committees involving governments, industry and non-governmental organizations in order to provide scientific knowledge on forest ecosystems.

Sub-Program 2.3.2: Groundwater Geoscience

Description: Groundwater provides up to 80% of rural Canada's drinking water and is an essential component of ecosystem health. In the face of growing pressures on water resources, Canada needs a consistent and coordinated approach to groundwater management. 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. Through this Sub-program, NRCan provides comprehensive groundwater information and expertise, which contributes to sustainable land-use decision making and groundwater management.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2014-15
Planned Spending

2015-16
Planned Spending

2016-17
Planned Spending

3,566,128

3,566,128

3,566,087

 

Human Resources (FTEs)

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

29

29

29

 

Performance Measurement

Expected Results

Performance
Indicators

Targets

Date to be Achieved

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 maps and assessments into their products (e.g., aquifer maps, plans and reports)

5

2015

 

Planning Highlights

Theme IIThe Department supports responsible management of groundwater by providing access to tools and methods to assess groundwater resources and standardized information on key archetypal aquifers across Canada. The Department will host a national workshop on emerging groundwater issues of national interestFootnote 20.

Sub-Program 2.3.3: Environmental Studies and Assessments

Description: Government departments, regulatory bodies and industry require science-based information to guide resource development practices and help reduce related environmental impacts. Through this Sub-program, NRCan provides technical and geoscience information and advice necessary for the completion of environmental assessments conducted under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act 2012 and northern legislation, and to address the environmental risks of major resource projects like the oil sands. It 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)

2014-15
Planned Spending

2015-16
Planned Spending

2016-17
Planned Spending

7,547,974

7,547,974

7,547,975

 

Human Resources (FTEs)

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

44

45

45

 

Performance Measurement

Expected Results

Performance
Indicators

Targets

Date to be Achieved

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

March 31, 2015

Percentage of responses for Earth Sciences Sector and Minerals and Mines Sector scientific and/or technical expertise delivered per Environmental Assessment request

95%

2015

Planning Highlights

Environmental assessments are a cornerstone of responsible resource development. The assessments are based on technical expertise. NRCan will provide the geoscience expertise needed to support environmental assessments under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act and for Mineral and Energy Resource Assessment requirements.

The Department will also release progress reports (e.g., abstracts, Open Files) that present the most recent research results on the effects of hydraulic fracturing on shallow aquifers and induced seismicity.

Sub-Program 2.3.4: Radioactive Waste Management

Description: Requirements to protect the environment or human health when managing radioactive waste were less stringent in the past than they are today. In some cases, historic nuclear or uranium mining activities resulted in a legacy of radioactive waste or contaminated lands that pose risks to the environment and the health of Canadians. Through this Sub-program, NRCan develops policy and programs to establish long-term management solutions for radioactive waste in areas where federal intervention is required. Specifically, NRCan is involved in clean-up operations in cases where the wastes were either produced by a Crown corporation, or the original private sector producer no longer exists or cannot be held responsible. NRCan also develops knowledge and innovative technologies in support of responsible radioactive waste management and clean up. This Sub-program includes the following programs: the Nuclear Legacy Liabilities Program, the Property Value Protection Program, the Municipal Tax Revenue Loss Protection Program, the Historic Waste Program, including the Port Hope Area Initiative, and the Gunnar and Lorado program.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2014-15
Planned Spending

2015-16
Planned Spending

2016-17
Planned Spending

151,251,000

153,604,703

139,328,049

 

Human Resources (FTEs)

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

25

25

25

 

Performance Measurement

Expected Results

Performance
Indicators

Targets

Date to be Achieved

The federal government manages (develops and implements) long-term management solutions to clean up radioactive waste

Percentage implementer compliance with applicable Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission institutional controls and/or licences to carry-out management practices

100%

March 31, 2022

Percentage of radioactive waste management milestones completed under the Nuclear Legacy Liabilities Program

80%

March 31, 2015

Percentage of waste management obligations achieved under the Port Hope Legal Agreement for each project

100%

March 31, 2022

Planning Highlights

Theme IITo support the management of nuclear waste clean-up efforts, NRCan will complete commissioning of new water treatment plants at the New Port Hope and Port Granby facilitiesFootnote 21. It also expects to tender and issue a contract for construction of the Port Granby Long-Term Waste Management Facility.

Regarding the Nuclear Legacy Liabilities Program, the Department will complete activities to support the transition of nuclear decommissioning and waste management responsibilities at the Nuclear Laboratories to the Government-owned, Contractor-operated management model.

Sub-Program 2.3.5: Earth Observation for Responsible Resource Development

Description: Effective regulatory frameworks depend on environmental monitoring information and tools. Through this Sub-program, NRCan provides Earth observation and geospatial data and tools on oil and gas-concentrated regions in Canada, such as the North and the Alberta oil sands. It informs the identity of baseline conditions for various environmental components (land, water, vegetation) and the cumulative effect of natural resource development, and can guide decision-making on proposed mitigation options. This increases the capacity for regulation that could help prevent and reduce impacts to the environment in these key areas.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2014-15
Planned Spending

2015-16
Planned Spending

2016-17
Planned Spending

1,106,750

1,106,750

1,106,750

 

Human Resources (FTEs)

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

4

4

4

 

Performance Measurement

Expected Results

Performance
Indicators

Targets

Date to be Achieved

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

Number of methods, value-added products and/or demonstration products used by government regulatory bodies and/or industry

5

March 31, 2015

Planning Highlights

To support responsible resource development in the regions, NRCan will provide remote sensing methods, tools and data for regulatory compliance monitoring. The Department will also provide new ways of monitoring the cumulative environmental impacts, including for the Alberta Oil Sands region.

Strategic Outcome 3: Canadians have Information to Manage their Lands and Natural Resources and are protected from Related Risks

Description: It is through only a deep and expansive understanding of Canada's lands and natural resources so that today’s decision-makers can determine the right choices for tomorrow – choices that keep Canada's lands and natural resources properly managed and safeguarded. This deep and expansive understanding requires expertise and technology. The objective of this strategic outcome is achieved by providing this expertise and technology, enabling a) the management of risks to human, natural resource, and infrastructure health and b) the use of landmass knowledge.

Program 3.1: Protection for Canadians and Natural Resources

Description: Natural resource development and changes in the environment pose risks to human, natural resource and infrastructure health. The objective of this Program is to enable other government departments, communities, and the private sector to manage these risks and to ensure the appropriate capacity is in place. NRCan achieves this objective by providing regulation, knowledge, tools and services and by fulfilling legislated responsibilities.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2014-15
Main Estimates

2014-15
Planned Spending

2015-16
Planned Spending

2016-17
Planned Spending

55,878,528

55,878,528

52,950,476

46,610,275

 

Human Resources (FTEs)

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

443

442

424

 

Performance Measurement

Expected Results

Performance
Indicators

Targets

Date to be Achieved

Governments, communities and the private sector manage risks or opportunities to natural resources, infrastructure, and human health

Number of active collaborations with the public and private sector that manage risks or opportunities to human population, natural resources and infrastructure health

6 collaboration agreements

March 31, 2015

Number of risk assessments (climate change, hazards, other), policies, standards or guidelines developed using NRCan information or services

5

March 31, 2015

Planning Highlights

Theme I Theme IIIThe potential risks posed by natural resource development and changes to the environment could negatively impact the health and well-being of Canadians and, through physical damage, the natural resource sectors and thereby the economy. NRCan will seek to address existing risks (e.g. forest pests, wildland fire) as well as anticipate and identify impacts relating to climate change and emergency management. NRCan will collaborate with other government departments, industry and communities as well as carry out compliance and outreach activities (e.g., explosives safety as part of the implementation of the modernized Explosives Regulations, 2013, including its new security provisions) and share geoscience expertise.

Sub-Program 3.1.1: Explosives Safety and Security

Description: Explosives are essential for many economic activities but are inherently dangerous. Strict controls are needed to protect Canadians from incidents that could result in death or serious injury, and economic and environmental harm. 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. Through this Sub-program, 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)

2014-15
Planned Spending

2015-16
Planned Spending

2016-17
Planned Spending

5,176,433

5,238,567

4,842,159

 

Human Resources (FTEs)

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

65

66

66

 

Performance Measurement

Expected Results

Performance
Indicators

Targets

Date to be Achieved

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

Number of explosives inspections completed

600

March 31, 2015

Planning Highlights

To ensure industry compliance with regulatory requirements, NRCan will conduct inspections on explosives safety and security. Previously in 2013-14, 70% of inspections were rated satisfactory or better. In 2014-15, the aim will be to maintain that 70% compliance rate and improve compliance as the new, modernized Explosives Regulations, 2013, are being implemented. This goal will be supported by the Department’s ongoing outreach activities with industry.

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

Description: Materials are engineered and fabricated for specific applications and environments. Defects in equipment or structures can cause failures that result in death, serious injury, and economic and environmental damage. Non-destructive testing helps to ensure the integrity of safety-critical components in aircraft, boilers and pressure vessels, bridges, buildings, cranes, heavy equipment, nuclear reactors, pipelines and other applications. Several federal regulators and other authorities require non-destructive testing to be performed by inspectors certified according to a national standard. Through this Sub-program, NRCan certifies individuals to this 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.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2014-15
Planned Spending

2015-16
Planned Spending

2016-17
Planned Spending

1,210,754

1,210,754

1,210,754

 

Human Resources (FTEs)

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

13

12

11

 

Performance Measurement

Expected Results

Performance
Indicators

Targets

Date to be Achieved

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

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

12,000

March 31, 2015

Planning Highlights

As with inspections of explosives, NRCan will aim to maintain the safety of the public and infrastructure by certifying individual inspectors performing non-destructive testing (NDT) to a national standard. As reference, more than 4,800 individuals are actively certified by the NRCan National NDT Certification Body located at CanmetMATERIALS in Hamilton. The availability of certified individuals will help ensure that infrastructure, heavy machinery and public transports are compliant with national and international standards of safety.

Sub-Program 3.1.3: Forest Disturbances Science and Application

Description: Increased scientific knowledge is required in Canada to understand, forecast, mitigate and adapt to natural and human-induced impacts on forest ecosystems. 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 following programs: Invasive Alien Species Strategy for Canada, and Climate Change Adaptation program.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2014-15
Planned Spending

2015-16
Planned Spending

2016-17
Planned Spending

24,397,656

24,397,656

23,530,537

 

Human Resources (FTEs)

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

220

219

216

 

Performance Measurement

Expected Results

Performance
Indicators

Targets

Date to be Achieved

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

Representation of the Canadian Forest Service on advisory boards or committees involving governments, industry, and non-governmental organizations in order to provide scientific knowledge on forest disturbances

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

 

Baseline is 73 advisory boards and committees

March 31, 2015

 

Planning Highlights

Theme I Theme IIIPests and fires are two common risks that the forest sector faces; NRCan is able to provide expertise to support early intervention to mitigate them. For example, NRCan will continue to conduct research for early intervention in the event of a spruce budworm outbreak and report the results to clients and stakeholdersFootnote 22. NRCan will also co-host the third Wildland Fire Canada Conference to re-engage and strengthen working relationships with other Canadian fire management agencies. This will facilitate further development of the Department’s fire research and fire management information systems. Finally, NRCan will also produce an integrated assessment of the implications of climate change on Canada’s forests and forest sector, using a range of future climate scenariosFootnote 23.

NRCan will continue to implement Canada's commitments concluded in international climate change negotiations such as mitigation targets and actions; short-and long-term financing; mechanisms for technology and reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation; adaptation actions; and provisions for transparency and accountability of climate change actions (FSDS IS 1.1.50, co-led by Environment Canada). It will also provide scientific knowledge of Canada’s forest ecosystems to industry and non-governmental organizations, with the view of enabling the establishment of practices to mitigate the environmental impact of natural resource development (FSDS IS 5.3.1).

Sub-Program 3.1.4: Climate Change Adaptation

Description: Developing and sharing of information, as well as cooperation among multiple decision makers, are required to successfully plan for and manage the risks and opportunities resulting from a changing climate. Through this Sub-program, NRCan delivers an Adaptation Platform, which brings together national industry and professional organizations, federal, provincial and territorial governments, and other organizations to collaborate on shared adaptation priorities. It also delivers scientific analysis on climate change geoscience issues affecting Canada's North (North of 60 latitude) such as resource development and infrastructure. This 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 includes the Enhancing Competitiveness in a Changing Climate program. 

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2014-15
Planned Spending

2015-16
Planned Spending

2016-17
Planned Spending

9,655,336

7,370,661

2,426,737

 

Human Resources (FTEs)

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

38

37

23

 

Performance Measurement

Expected Results

Performance
Indicators

Targets

Date to be Achieved

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

10

March 31, 2015

Planning Highlights

Theme INRCan will share expertise related to the impacts of climate change on the natural resource sectors with stakeholders and leverage collaborations to seek common solutions to mitigate the impacts. Using the national climate change Adaptation Platform, NRCan will engage the public and private sectors to develop and exchange knowledge and tools to support effective climate change adaptation strategies for Canada’s regions and the natural resource sectorsFootnote 24. The Department will also deliver climate change geoscience expertise and tools to federal and territorial governments on Northern infrastructure requirements and constraintsFootnote 25, such as those imposed by changes to permafrostFootnote 26. These efforts will ensure that stakeholders have the knowledge to make informed decisions to address climate change.

Sub-Program 3.1.5: Geohazards and Public Safety

Description: To enhance the protection of Canadians from natural hazards, constant monitoring of, and effective planning for, adverse natural events are required. Such events include earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, landslides, geomagnetic storms, radiological and nuclear incidents, and tsunamis. Through the provision of hazard information and products, NRCan helps other levels of government, including international government bodies, as well as the private sector and professional organizations such as the Canadian Institute of Planners to prepare for and mitigate natural disasters. This work also meets NRCan’s obligation for ongoing nuclear test monitoring under the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. This Sub-program comprises a research component, which disseminates risk-related information to support the response, recovery and preparedness phases of emergency management.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2014-15
Planned Spending

2015-16
Planned Spending

2016-17
Planned Spending

15,438,348

14,732,838

14,600,087

 

Human Resources (FTEs)

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

107

108

108

 

Performance Measurement

Expected Results

Performance
Indicators

Targets

Date to be Achieved

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

Number of requests for NRCan geohazard information, knowledge products or services by government, private sector, including media, and professional organizations in Canada

55

March 31, 2015

Planning Highlights

Theme IIINRCan will also collaborate with Public Safety Canada and other government departments to develop Emergency Management Plans to ensure that geohazards expertise, tools and resources are made available to stakeholdersFootnote 27. Additionally, NRCan will participate in the development and execution of interdepartmental emergency management protocols and exercises. Finally, the Department will deliver alerts through its hazards information service pertaining to seismic, nuclear radiation, space weather and other hazards.

Program 3.2: Landmass Information

Description: Public, academic and private sectors as well as Canadians rely on up-to-date, comprehensive and accessible landmass information to make sound socio-economic and environmental decisions. This Program provides open access to Canada’s fundamental geomatics framework and information system, including accurate three-dimensional positioning, high-resolution satellite imagery and other remote sensing products, legal (boundary) surveys, mapping and other analysis applications. In addition, it delivers logistics support in the North and regulatory oversight for a robust property system framework on Canada Lands.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2014-15
Main Estimates

2014-15
Planned Spending

2015-16
Planned Spending

2016-17
Planned Spending

53,620,414

53,620,414

45,306,771

44,608,900

 

Human Resources (FTEs)

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

393

391

387

 

Performance Measurement

Expected Results

Performance
Indicators

Targets

Date to be Achieved

Polar Continental Shelf Program (PCSP) clients receive cost-effective logistics support needed to conduct field work safely in Canada’s Arctic and Sub-arctic regions

Level of client satisfaction with mix, quality and cost of support received

85% of clients are either satisfied or very satisfied

March 31, 2015

Public, private sector and academia use accurate, Government of Canada geo-information for decision-making

Number of public sector, private sector or academic organizations using accurate geo-information for decision-making

10 federal departments or agencies, 5 private sector companies and 3 academic organizations

March 31, 2015

Percentage of clients who are satisfied with Canada's legal boundary framework for effective governance, economic and social development

3 baselines complete for client satisfaction surveys (scheduled 1 bi-annually, rotational amongst key client groups: Aboriginal, other government departments, industry)

March 31, 2018

Planning Highlights

Accurate and up-to-date information is necessary to inform decision-making relating to land management. Such information also has implications for ensuring the safety of Canadians by enabling the geo-positioning of emergency response requirements. In addition, the information is essential to enable the government to meet its Aboriginal treaty obligations and to support exploration and research in the remote North. For example, through the Polar Continental Shelf Program, NRCan provides field logistics for the majority of the country’s Arctic science and technology endeavours, as well as for Arctic operations such as the newly opened Canadian Armed Forces Arctic Training Centre. NRCan also provides, in collaboration with its USGS counterparts, harmonized geospatial hydrographic information in order to better manage trans-boundary watersheds.

Sub-Program 3.2.1: Essential Geographic Information

Description: Many socio-economic and environmental decisions made by the public, academia and private sector (e.g. emergency preparedness and response, land-use, elections planning, transportation and real estate) rely on up-to-date, comprehensive and accessible landmass information. Through this Sub-program, NRCan ensures open access to Canada’s fundamental geomatics framework and information system, including accurate three-dimensional positioning, high-resolution satellite imagery and other remote sensing products, mapping and other analysis applications that are accurate, authoritative and assured. This essential geographic information enables sound socio-economic and environmental decisions, which support the effective management of Canada’s natural resources and lands.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2014-15
Planned Spending

2015-16
Planned Spending

2016-17
Planned Spending

32,892,306

24,445,012

24,437,608

 

Human Resources (FTEs)

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

254

252

248

 

Performance Measurement

Expected Results

Performance
Indicators

Targets

Date to be Achieved

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 geodetic, geographic and geospatial information (geo-information), tools and services are accessed (e.g., pages viewed, total visits, downloads)

5% increase from 2012/13

March 31, 2015

Percentage of NRCan's total dataset repository updated annually

15%

March 31, 2015

Planning Highlights

In 2014-15, NRCan will collect and disseminate accurate geoscience, geodetic and geospatial information (e.g., digital mapping, satellite imagery) to support the management of Canada’s natural resources and land and for the positioning of emergency response requirements. The Department will also complete the revitalization of NRCan Satellite Infrastructure with the installation of the remaining three antennas at NRCan’s satellite station facilities. Doing so will provide full coverage of Canada’s landmass and complete the data management system to safeguard the satellite information.

Sub-Program 3.2.2: Canada’s Legal Boundaries

Description: Boundary uncertainty undermines public confidence in the property rights system and is a barrier to exercising property and sovereign rights, as well as responsible social and economic development. For the benefit of all Canadians, NRCan ensures boundary certainty through the proper maintenance of the Canada-US international boundary for law enforcement, land administration, customs and immigration, and transboundary resource management; effective boundary surveys of Aboriginal 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, Aboriginal 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)

2014-15
Planned Spending

2015-16
Planned Spending

2016-17
Planned Spending

12,946,238

13,063,238

12,363,150

 

Human Resources (FTEs)

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

107

105

105

 

Performance Measurement

Expected Results

Performance
Indicators

Targets

Date to be Achieved

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, 2015

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

100%

March 31, 2015

Planning Highlights

NRCan will complete100% of annual survey obligations as defined in land claim legislation and agreements for Northern Canada and for First Nations Land Management and Additions to Reserves in southern Canada. This work will help ensure boundary certainty and accuracy for First Nations living in those areas.

Sub-Program 3.2.3: Polar Continental Shelf Logistics Support

Description: Researchers in Canada's Arctic and Sub-arctic regions need safe, efficient and cost-effective field logistics support because of the remoteness, harsh weather, and high cost of working in those regions. 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, NU, and a communications network that links the PCSP with science teams in field camps dispersed throughout the Canadian Arctic.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2014-15
Planned Spending

2015-16
Planned Spending

2016-17
Planned Spending

7,393,579

7,393,579

7,383,579

 

Human Resources (FTEs)

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

30

32

32

 

Performance Measurement

Expected Results

Performance Indicators

Targets

Date to be Achieved

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

Percentage of valid requests for logistics support received and supported by PCSP

95%

March 31, 2015

Planning Highlights

NRCan will collaborate with the Department of National Defence to deliver accurate field logistics for the Canadian Armed Forces Arctic Training Centre, as well as with all government departments and universities conducting scientific research efforts in the Arctic.

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

Description: Ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea requires Canada to submit the case for extending the outer limits of its offshore beyond 200 nautical miles to the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf by December 2013. 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 Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada with the presentation, interpretation and defence of the scientific evidence included in the formal submission. If successful in defending the case, Canada will 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)

2014-15
Planned Spending

2015-16
Planned Spending

2016-17
Planned Spending

388,292

404,942

424,563

 

Human Resources (FTEs)

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

2

2

2

 

Performance Measurement

Expected Results

Performance
Indicators

Targets

Date to be Achieved

Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) presents a comprehensive, scientifically sound report for Canada's claim to the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf beyond 200 nautical miles

Percentage of necessary scientific and technical data and analysis delivered to DFATD for the presentation of Canada's claim to the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf beyond 200 nautical miles

100%

2018

Planning Highlights

In December 2013, Canada filed a submission with the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf for the Atlantic Ocean as well as preliminary information for the Arctic Ocean. In 2014-15, NRCan will continue to collaborate with the departments of Fisheries and Oceans and Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development to archive scientific data and to record key decision points and coordinates. This will include further analysis of the scientific data and may include additional surveys.  In the future, this work will serve to support a submission for the full extent of Canada’s extended continental shelf in the Arctic Ocean and claim to sovereign rights of additional territory beneath the Arctic Ocean, including the Lomonosov Ridge and the vicinity of the North Pole.

Internal Services

Description: Internal Services are groups of related activities and resources that are administered to support the needs of programs and other corporate obligations of an organization. These groups are: Management and Oversight Services; Communications Services; Legal Services; Human Resources Management Services; Financial Management Services; Information Management Services; Information Technology Services; Real Property Services; Materiel Services; Acquisition Services; and Other Administrative Services. Internal Services include only those activities and resources that apply across an organization and not to those provided specifically to a program.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2014-15
Main Estimates

2014-15
Planned Spending

2015-16
Planned Spending

2016-17
Planned Spending

158,919,551

158,919,551

140,907,322

126,458,800

 

Human Resources (FTEs)

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

1,003

1,017

1,014

Planning Highlights

Theme IVNRCan will pursue its efforts to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of its programs, services and assets. In 2014-15, NRCan will undertake steps to implement its Blueprint 2020 Action Plan aligned with the guiding principles of Blueprint 2020 to achieve the vision for a revitalized, world-class public service.

To better mobilize its S&T, the Department will implement a revised, proactive departmental approach to manage intellectual property. It will document and track NRCan’s Signature S&T projects, including development of a performance measurement framework to better assess and convey the relevance, quality and impact of the Department’s S&T expertise. And opportunities will be identified to establish new domestic and international S&T partnerships.

NRCan will continue to develop its human capital. It will strengthen the departmental Performance Management Program for employees to meet the requirements of the Treasury Board Directive on Performance Management. The Department will also develop tools and resources to complement the NRCan Values and Ethics Code. The Department will implement the Common Human Resources Business Process Initiative, a multi-year, government-wide initiative to modernize and transform HR processes. This year under the Initiative, new tools will be developed to support the implementation of performance management systems and the provision of human resources-related information within NRCan.

A wide range of initiatives will support the transformation of the department’s business. NRCan will continue the implementation of the Common Financial Management Business Processes (such as PeopleSoft and SAP enhancements) and launch a new Travel Solution, two government-wide initiatives. It will closely monitor financial pressures, particularly those associated with its real property assets. To this end, it will explore options related to the disposal of surplus property.

Furthermore, NRCan will complete the implementation of the GCDOCs project, which will establish a new platform for the management of electronic records at NRCan. The Department will also continue its efforts to decrease information management and technology (IMT) expenditures through the reorganization and streamlining of IMT processes and solutions. The Department will continue to support the Government of Canada’s web renewal initiative, contributing to an improved user-centric Web presence for Canadians.

NRCan will also improve a series of internal business processes in various areas, from corporate planning and reporting to travel booking and procurement. It will put in place measures to better track the efficiency and effectiveness of its programs.

Additionally, NRCan is a participant in the 2013-16 Federal Sustainable Development Strategy and contributes to targets under Theme IV – Greening Government Operations through the internal services program activity.

The department plans to:

  • Reduce the departmental greenhouse gas emissions from its [buildings and fleet] by 17% below 2005 levels by 2020;
  • Achieve an industry-recognized level of high environmental performance in Government of Canada real property projects and operations;
  • Take action to embed environmental considerations into public procurement, in accordance with the federal Policy on Green Procurement;
  • Develop and approach to maintain or improve the sustainability of it workplace operations;
  • Establish SMART targets to reduce the environmental impact of its services to clients; and
  • Take further action to improve water management within its real property portfolio.

Additional details on NRCan's activities can be found in the Greening Government Operations Supplementary Information Table.