Section II: Analysis of Programs by Strategic Outcome

This section provides information on programs that are critical to the realization of Natural Resources Canada’s (NRCan) strategic outcomes and priorities for 2016-17. As part of its management agenda, NRCan is also working to make its Performance Measurement Framework more results-oriented and focused on key priorities.

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

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)
2016-17
Main Estimates
2016-17
Planned Spending
2017-18
Planned Spending
2018-19
Planned Spending
43,993,476 43,993,476 28,361,877 28,353,543

The decline in planned spending from 2016-17 to 2018-19 is primarily due to the expiry of budgetary spending authorities for the Expanding Market Opportunities (EMO) program in 2016-17, mostly related to the Grants & Contributions (Gs&Cs) vote. The Department will have to request funding for 2017-18 in accordance with measures proposed in Budget 2015.

Human Resources (FTEs)
2016-17 2017-18 2018-19
243 237 237

Given the nature of the decline in planned spending, there is no material fluctuation in planned FTEs from 2016-17 to 2018-19.

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 of ten-year average of Canada's share of United States and global imports March 31, 2017
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 of ten-year average of Canada's share of China and India's imports March 31, 2017

Planning Highlights

Individual sub-programs provide specific details on how key activities support expected results.

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

Description

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

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)
2016-17
Planned Spending
2017-18
Planned Spending
2018-19
Planned Spending
1,605,477 1,605,477 1,605,477
Human Resources (FTEs)
2016-17 2017-18 2018-19
10 10 10
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 (KP) Certification Scheme Percentage of KP export certificates issued within one business day of the receipt of a completed and valid application 95% March 31, 2017

Planning Highlights

Kimberley Process – Overall costs related to administering the Export and Import of Rough Diamond Act and managing the Kimberley Process (KP) program are expected to be aligned with previous years for 2016-17. NRCan will maintain its target of ensuring that 95% of KP export certificates are issued within one business day of receipt of a completed and valid application.

Trade policies and negotiations – The Department, in collaboration with its federal partners, will continue to ensure that minerals and metals, as well as mining interests and perspectives are well represented in the development of domestic and international trade policies and during free trade agreements negotiations.

Sub-program 1.1.2: Forest Products Market Access and Diversification

Description

Through this Sub-program, NRCan provides:

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

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

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)
2016-17
Planned Spending
2017-18
Planned Spending
2018-19
Planned Spending
19,566,643 5,209,337 5,209,316

The decline in planned spending from 2016-17 to 2018-19 is primarily due to the expiry of budgetary spending authorities for the EMO program in 2016-17, mostly related to the Gs&Cs vote. The Department will have to request funding for 2017-18 in accordance with measures proposed in Budget 2015.

Human Resources (FTEs)
2016-17 2017-18 2018-19
70 62 62

The decline in planned FTEs from 2016-17 to 2018-19 is related to the decline in planned spending for this sub-program; however, in a smaller proportion given only a fraction of the decline in planned spending pertains to personnel costs.

Performance Measurement
Expected Results Performance Indicators Targets Date to Be Achieved

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

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

10% increase over 2011 base year value of $3.5 billion for targeted offshore markets and $99.3 million for new emerging markets

March 31, 2017
  Diversity of markets for Canadian wood products

Measure: Using the change in the values of the Herfindahl Index to measure Canada’s success in diversifying its wood product exports away from one core market (i.e., US) and towards offshore markets over time
Favourable yearly average against 2011 base value of 0.397

The closer the value is to 0, the more a country (i.e. Canada) diversified its exports away from dependency on one key market

March 31, 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

Planning Highlights

Expanding Market Opportunities program – NRCan will support forest product associations, research organizations and provincial Crown corporations to deliver market development activities that foster exports of Canadian wood products to offshore markets (e.g., China, Japan, Korea, India and Middle East) and that help increase the use of wood in non-residential, mid-rise and tall wood buildings in Canada.

International negotiations – The Department will support Canada's international negotiating positions on trade and environmental reputation issues with a particular focus on Europe, North America and Asia. It will ensure that Canada’s international climate change objectives related to forests are advanced in international negotiations during the year, and will provide updated forest-related estimates to ECCC for Canada’s 2017 GHG inventory report required under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Information products – NRCan will provide financial contributions and science-based information to industry and international partners to support the development and dissemination of information products that promote the environmental reputation of Canada's forest sector in international markets.

Tall Wood Building Demonstration (TWB) Initiative – NRCan will fund research and development (R&D) activities in support of the construction of two tall wood buildings in Canada in 2016-17. Launched in 2013, the TWB is a 3-year program that is helping to foster the commercial uptake of tall wood construction in Canada.

Sub-program 1.1.3: Energy Market Access and Diversification

Description

Through this Sub-program, NRCan fosters a competitive Canadian energy sector by working with provinces and territories, and internationally, to articulate Canada's approach to the management of energy resources. It assesses and updates federal energy regulations and policies relating to offshore oil and gas, pipelines, and nuclear; engages domestically and internationally on energy issues; and provides Canadians with information on energy markets. NRCan also engages West Coast First Nations communities on issues related to energy infrastructure development, and coordinates the activities across multiple Government of Canada departments to increase First Nations involvement in this development.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)
2016-17
Planned Spending
2017-18
Planned Spending
2018-19
Planned Spending
22,821,356 21,547,063 21,538,750
Human Resources (FTEs)
2016-17 2017-18 2018-19
163 165 165
Performance Measurement
Expected Results Performance Indicators Targets Date to Be Achieved
Actions are taken domestically and internationally to diversify Canada’s energy markets The number of high-level (senior management) federal-provincial-territorial engagements and international bilateral and multilateral engagements with countries and organizations in key market regions (i.e. Asia-Pacific, US/Americas and Europe) 15 per year March 31, 2017
Actions taken to identify and address non-regulatory issues that are of concern to Indigenous communities that could be impacted by the development of West Coast energy infrastructure development Percentage of non-regulatory issues identified across BC First Nations potentially impacted by energy infrastructure development that are being (or have been) addressed through federal actions 30% June 1, 2016
The Government of Canada's regulatory and legislative frameworks governing Canada’s energy resources (e.g., offshore oil and gas) is renewed in a timely manner and continuously improved Number of assessments and/or updates to energy regulations or legislation and/or Canada's energy regulatory or legislative frameworks 2 per year Ongoing

Planning Highlights

This sub-program will deliver key elements of the Minister’s Mandate Letter.

Federal Provincial Collaboration – NRCan will leverage and foster federal-provincial-territorial collaboration and engagement on energy in domestic and international fora, including: 1) partnering with provinces and territories to advance a Canadian Energy Strategy; 2) preparing for the 2016 Energy and Mines Ministers’ Conference and implementing commitments made by energy Ministers; and 3) supporting the development and alignment of international activities among the federal, provincial and territorial governments.

North American Partnership – NRCan will support the development of a comprehensive North American clean energy and environment agreement by: 1) continuing to advance the Canada-US Memorandum of Understanding on Energy Collaboration (signed in 2014); and 2) advancing the North American Memorandum of Understanding Concerning Climate Change and Energy Collaboration, which will focus on the six areas of: reliable, resilient and low-carbon electricity grids; modelling, deploying and accelerating innovation in clean energy technologies, including renewables; energy efficiency for equipment, appliances, industries and buildings, including energy management systems; carbon capture, use and storage; climate change adaptation and resilience; and, emissions from the oil and gas sector, including methane and black carbon.

International Energy Engagement – NRCan will support government activities to increase two-way trade and investment and build more comprehensive bilateral relationships on energy with key partners in Asia by: 1) actively participating in Ministerial dialogues, working group meetings, and support for private sector engagement involving China, India, and Japan and other Asian countries; and 2) partnering with Global Affairs Canada (GAC) to lead Canada's contribution to G7 and G20 initiatives and discussions, including G7 efforts to enhance Ukraine's energy preparedness and G20 energy initiatives and discussions held under China's G20 Presidency in 2016. 

Environmental Protection & Safety and Security – NRCan will work with other responsible departments to review Canada's environmental assessment processes to regain public trust and modernize the National Energy Board. NRCan will establish a sound liability, legislative and regulatory regime and implement interim measures for oil and gas transportation. This will include: 1) implementing the Pipeline Safety Act, including advancing amendments to Damage Prevention Regulations; 2) amending the Export and Import regulatory framework; and 3) appointing arbitration committees and negotiators to settle pipeline/landowner compensation disputes.

Critical Energy Infrastructure and Cybersecurity – NRCan will develop measures and programs to enhance industry’s efforts by: 1) protecting and improving the resiliency of Canada’s critical energy infrastructure; 2) promoting the exchange of information and best practices among stakeholders; 3) collaborating with infrastructure owner/operations to address physical and cyber-threats through the National Energy Infrastructure Test Centre; and 4) partnering with GAC to lead Canada's contribution to G7 and G20 initiatives and discussions, including the new G7 cybersecurity work stream focused on energy sector. 

Offshore – NRCan will promote a safe, efficient and environmentally-responsible offshore petroleum regime in Canada by: 1) advancing the development of permanent occupational health and safety regulations in the Atlantic offshore areas; 2) modernizing operational safety regulations across the country; 3) implementing new regulations for administrative monetary penalties, financial requirements and cost recovery; and 4) advancing the Canada-Quebec joint management accord.

Tanker Moratorium - Along with other departments, NRCan will support Transport Canada (TC) in its efforts to fulfil the Government’s commitment to formalize a moratorium on crude oil tanker traffic on British Columbia’s North Coast. 

Lower Churchill Projects – NRCan will effectively manage the loan guarantee for the Lower Churchill River hydroelectric projects.

Indigenous Engagement – Indigenous communities are important partners in the development of natural resources. Building on the relationships established with these communities through its office in Vancouver, NRCan will continue to offer a single window to engage with the Government of Canada on west coast energy infrastructure development. Through this engagement, federal departments will better understand their perspectives, identify concrete actions to address their interests and concerns, and seek to enhance their participation in economic and environmental protection projects.

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)
2016-17
Main Estimates
2016-17
Planned Spending
2017-18
Planned Spending
2018-19
Planned Spending
96,074,981 96,074,981 55,536,596 33,047,172

The decline in planned spending from 2016-17 to 2018-19 is primarily due to the Forest Innovation Program (FIP) and the Investments in Forest Industry Transformation (IFIT) program. Planned spending reflects the expiry of budgetary spending authorities for FIP under operating and Gs&Cs votes, which had been approved up to 2016-17, and the sunsetting of IFIT in 2017-18, mostly reducing the Gs&Cs vote. The Department will have to request funding for FIP for 2017-18 in accordance with measures proposed in Budget 2015.

Human Resources (FTEs)
2016-17 2017-18 2018-19
296 273 267

The decline in planned FTEs from 2016-17 to 2018-19 is related to the decline in planned spending for this sub-program, mainly related to the decline in personnel costs associated to FIP.

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 per year March  31, 2017
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, 2017
Methodologies, policies, strategies, plans and standards are collaboratively used by governments and private sector organizations in the development of new innovative and value-added geospatial applications Number of formally adopted methodologies, policies, strategies, plans and standards generated from collaborative activities and participation Increase in the number of methodologies, polices, strategies, plans and standards generated from collaborative activities and participation in 2016-17 and compared to the 2015-16 baseline year March 31, 2017

Planning Highlights

Individual sub-programs provide specific details on how key activities support expected results.

Sub-program 1.2.1: Mining Innovation

Description

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

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)
2016-17
Planned Spending
2017-18
Planned Spending
2018-19
Planned Spending
2,067,965 2,067,965 2,067,965
Human Resources (FTEs)
2016-17 2017-18 2018-19
47 47 47
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

Rare earth element (REE) and chromite – In consultation with industry stakeholders, academics and international partners, NRCan will identify knowledge gaps, develop process flow sheets and assess market opportunities for REE and chromite processing. Furthering collaborations and R&D in this area will help contribute to climate change commitments as REE’s are used in the development of clean technologies and can help reduce GHG emissions.

Increased mining operations’ productivity – NRCan will pursue its work on the evaluation of the potential of synthetic ropes for replacing standard steel wire ropes for hoisting used in mining operations, which will permit mining operations to operate at a greater depth and will enhance productivity. In 2015-16, NRCan began conducting testing in a laboratory setting and in 2016-17 it will begin in-situ testing at an industrial site with an operating mine. NRCan will also take steps to formalize the technology with provincial regulators.

Sub-program 1.2.2: Forest Sector Innovation

Description

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

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)
2016-17
Planned Spending
2017-18
Planned Spending
2018-19
Planned Spending
85,497,856 44,959,471 22,470,047

The decline in planned spending from 2016-17 to 2018-19 is primarily due to the FIP and IFIT programs. Planned spending reflects the expiry of budgetary spending authorities for FIP under operating and Gs&Cs votes, which had been approved up to 2016-17, and the sunsetting of IFIT in 2017-18, mostly reducing the Gs&Cs vote. The Department will have to request funding for FIP for 2017-18 in accordance with measures proposed in Budget 2015.

Human Resources (FTEs)
2016-17 2017-18 2018-19
207 185 178

The decline in planned FTEs from 2016-17 to 2018-19 is related to the decline in planned spending for this sub-program, mainly related to the decline in personnel costs associated to FIP.

Performance Measurement
Expected Results Performance Indicators Targets Date to Be Achieved
NRCan, industry, provinces and academia develop new technologies which lead to higher-value Canadian forest products and processes to create a better competitive position for the Canadian forest sector Number of new higher-value Canadian forest products or processes that are derived from new technologies developed 10 by the end of March 31, 2018 March 31, 2018
Indigenous communities have the knowledge needed to take advantage of emerging economic development opportunities Number of new economic development projects facilitated, brokered, and/or developed with NRCan knowledge and funding 8 new projects annually, facilitated, brokered, and/or developed with NRCan knowledge and funding March 31, 2017
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, 2017

Planning Highlights

R&D – NRCan will aim to foster increased R&D in the sector through the development of strategic partnerships with the larger national innovation system (e.g., National Research Council). It will support the development of new products (such as bio-energy, bio-products, bio-materials and the next-generation of building materials) or uses for wood as well as innovative technologies through the IFIT program. It is anticipated that several funded projects will be completed and will result in new products being introduced to the market (e.g., lightweight panels, residential siding, and lignin-based products). As well, new projects are anticipated to start that will result in the production of new biochemicals, renewable fuels and solid wood products.

Pre-commercial R&D – NRCan will also support pre-commercial R&D on priority areas identified by the industry through the Forest Innovation Program (FIP) and the Forest Research Institute Initiative (FRII). Priorities for 2016-17 include applications for novel biomaterials such as lignins and cellulosic nano-materials; innovative coating for wood products; and decision support tools for value-maximisation.

Aboriginal Forestry Initiative – NRCan will continue to support greater Indigenous participation in natural resource development opportunities across Canada. This work will include securing additional funding through the Strategic Partnerships Initiative to provide funds to recipients for approved projects. NRCan will also engage with natural resource development stakeholders to raise awareness of the potential for collaboration with Indigenous communities.

Sub-program 1.2.3: Geospatial Innovation

Description

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

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)
2016-17
Planned Spending
2017-18
Planned Spending
2018-19
Planned Spending
8,509,160 8,509,160 8,509,160
Human Resources (FTEs)
2016-17 2017-18 2018-19
42 41 42
Performance Measurement
Expected Results Performance Indicators Targets Date to Be Achieved
Government and other program stakeholders can access a suite of modern, comprehensive Geospatial assets to support decision-making, reporting, operations and research Number of primary knowledge products released and accessible 10 per year March 31, 2017
Number of newly added data sets and web mapping services available via the Federal Geospatial Platform (FGP) 50 per year March 31, 2017
Mechanisms and resources are in place to enable program stakeholders to collaboratively address shared geospatial challenges and adopt common geospatial approaches Number of federal departments and agencies actively contributing to FGP data assets and/or platform technology 10 per year March 31, 2017

Planning Highlights

Increased access to geospatial data and tool – NRCan will implement an interface between the Federal Geospatial Platform (FGP) and the open government portal and will also put in place an operating model to support post-project operations. The Department will also continue to evolve its geospatial data and web services delivery, as new geospatial data becomes available.

Provision of geospatial expert advice – The Department will continue to provide geospatial expert advice, knowledge, and tools for critical decision-making and economic growth.

Expansion of the Canadian Geospatial Data Infrastructure – NRCan will ensure the advancement of enabling interoperability, accessibility and use of geospatial information through partnerships and collaborations with other federal departments, as well as industry, provincial, territorial and municipal governments, international stakeholders, non-profits and academia.

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)
2016-17
Main Estimates
2016-17
Planned Spending
2017-18
Planned Spending
2018-19
Planned Spending
62,900,219 62,900,219 65,272,906 62,740,438

The growth in planned spending from 2016-17 to 2017-18 is primarily due to the increasing funding profile of the Targeted Geoscience Initiative Phase V. The decline in planned spending from 2017-18 to 2018-19 is primarily due to the decreasing funding profile of the Geo-Mapping for Energy and Minerals program.

Human Resources (FTEs)
2016-17 2017-18 2018-19
378 369 366
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017

Planning Highlights

Individual sub-programs provide specific details on how key activities support expected results.

Sub-program 1.3.1: Mineral Investment

Description

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

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)
2016-17
Planned Spending
2017-18
Planned Spending
2018-19
Planned Spending
10,156,569 10,156,569 10,156,569
Human Resources (FTEs)
2016-17 2017-18 2018-19
96 95 96
Performance Measurement
Expected Results Performance Indicators Targets Date to Be Achieved
Industry decision-makers and potential investors are provided with timely mineral socio-economic data Number of data sets released per year 5 per year March 31, 2017

Planning Highlights

Canadian Trade and Export Strategy – NRCan will contribute to this new strategy to help Canadian jurisdictions attract foreign direct investment by promoting Canada’s competitive investment and fiscal climate for mineral development.

Mining information – NRCan will highlight Canada’s competitive mining investment climate through the development of 10 information products, (including maps and production, trade, exploration and other information bulletins).

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) – The Department will further Canadian interests by engaging key partners and promoting sustainable mineral resource development policy and governance capacity abroad in fora such as the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation and Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development, the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada, Mining Indaba and China Mining.

Sub-program 1.3.2: Targeted Geoscience6 Initiative

Description

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


6Geoscience is an all-encompassing term which refers to the fields of science dealing with planet Earth and its systems including the atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere and biosphere. Specific fields of geoscience (or “earth science”) include geology, hydrology, glaciology, geophysics and geodesy.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)
2016-17
Planned Spending
2017-18
Planned Spending
2018-19
Planned Spending
8,820,953 11,199,479 11,106,122

The growth in planned spending from 2016-17 to 2018-19 is primarily due to the increasing funding profile of the Targeted Geoscience Initiative Phase 5.

Human Resources (FTEs)
2016-17 2017-18 2018-19
50 49 48

While there is a projected growth in planned spending, there is no material fluctuation in planned FTEs from 2016-17 to 2018-19 with the increase in planned spending allocated to operating costs.

Performance Measurement
Expected Results Performance Indicators Targets Date to Be Achieved
Mineral exploration industry uses the latest public geoscience knowledge and methodologies relevant to discovery of new mineral resources Number of industry venues at which Target Geoscience Information (TGI) geoscience is presented 10 annually March 31, 2017
Number of emerging public geoscience knowledge or methodologies relevant as indicators of new mineral resources that have been adopted in industry exploration programs 3 annually March 31, 2017

Planning Highlights

Ore systems – In collaboration with the provincial and territorial Geological Surveys, NRCan will implement science projects and activities pertaining to ore systems that leverage Canada's expertise and capacity to build national geoscience research groups. NRCan will also institute a geoscience grant program targeted at Canadian academia that focuses on priority science areas within the ore system framework.

Sub-program 1.3.3: Geo-Mapping7 for Energy and Minerals

Description

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

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)
2016-17
Planned Spending
2017-18
Planned Spending
2018-19
Planned Spending
35,774,705 35,768,866 33,329,755

The decline in planned spending from 2016-17 to 2018-19 is primarily due to the decreasing funding profile of the Geo-Mapping for Energy and Minerals program.

Human Resources (FTEs)
2016-17 2017-18 2018-19
165 162 159
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                 100 per year March 31, 2017
Percentage of new publication releases accessed (new releases are those released and accessed within a 12-month period) 75% March 31, 2017

7Geo-mapping refers to the use of state-of-the-art geological science and technologies to document geological structures, develop geological models and regional frameworks, and create geological maps. This information provides the basis for establishing which geological formations have the highest likelihood of resource potential. 

Planning Highlights

Geoscience maps and data sets – NRCan will generate new geoscience maps and data sets to inform priority location-based geoscience opportunities that will help guide industry to determine Canada's mineral and energy resource potential.

Collaboration with northern stakeholders – The Department will collaborate with northern stakeholders and their institutions in order to maximize benefits for northerners from Geo-mapping for Energy and Minerals (GEM) activities and knowledge and support evidence-based land use planning in Canada's North.

Geoscience grant funding – NRCan will issue geoscience grant funding to Canadian academia to help attract high-quality geoscience research activities that will augment the understanding of the regional geological context in Canada’s North and complement NRCan expertise.

Sub-program 1.3.4: Geoscience for New Energy Supply

Description

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

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)
2016-17
Planned Spending
2017-18
Planned Spending
2018-19
Planned Spending
4,555,637 4,555,637 4,555,637
Human Resources (FTEs)
2016-17 2017-18 2018-19
39 36 36
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 20 per year March 31, 2017

Planning Highlights

Oil and shale gas – NRCan will conduct and release two resource assessments for new emerging Canadian tight oil and shale gas plays, make five stakeholder presentations and collaborate with external companies and agencies to develop and apply new assessment methods.

NRCan, in collaboration with stakeholders, will continue to identify and validate key energy geoscience and geo-engineering issues and research gaps (basin characterization and assessment, extraction methodologies and environmental impacts) with the goal of proposing a national approach to addressing these challenges.

Sub-program 1.3.5: Major Projects Management Office Initiative

Description

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

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)
2016-17
Planned Spending
2017-18
Planned Spending
2018-19
Planned Spending
3,592,355 3,592,355 3,592,355
Human Resources (FTEs)
2016-17 2017-18 2018-19
28 27 27
Performance Measurement
Expected Results Performance Indicators Targets Date to Be Achieved
Timely EA regulatory decisions for major projects Percentage of major project EAs that meet legislated timelines (CEAA, NEB, CNSC reviews) 100% of EAs meet legislated timelines Ongoing
Integrated and robust advice supports improvements to the major project review process MPMO Deputies are satisfied or very satisfied with how advice is advanced on horizontal issues 70% of MPMO Deputies are satisfied with how policy advice is advanced Ongoing

Planning Highlights

Science Transparency – NRCan will work to improve public confidence in the environmental assessment process by strengthening transparency of NRCan science underpinning major project decisions, and by ensuring NRCan’s authoritative scientific expertise optimally informs major project reviews.

Horizontal lead – NRCan will provide horizontal leadership, overarching project management, and accountability for major resource projects within the context of the existing federal regulatory review process.

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)
2016-17
Main Estimates
2016-17
Planned Spending
2017-18
Planned Spending
2018–18
Planned Spending
743,336,158 743,336,158 761,960,697 806,240,682

The increase in planned spending from 2016-17 to 2018-19 is primarily due to an increase under the Offshore Atlantic Accords, specifically related to agreements between the Government of Canada and the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. As the majority of the payments obligations under the Offshore Atlantic Accords for this Program are related to the offshore revenues which are largely driven by oil and gas prices, production levels and anticipated corporate income taxes related to offshore operations, the planned spending trend fluctuates accordingly.

Human Resources (FTEs)
2016-17 2017-18 2018-19
0 0 0

While the program focuses on actual statutory transfer payments, the FTEs assigned to process the payments are funded under sub-program 1.1.3 as that is the sub-program those FTEs primarily support.

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 100% Ongoing

Planning Highlights

NRCan will process offshore transfer payments to both Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador as required under the 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 is to encourage natural resource consumers and sectors to lessen and prevent environmental impacts. NRCan contributes to the achievement of this outcome by:

  • Encouraging the adoption of technologies, products, practices and services that improve efficiency and environmental performance;
  • 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 energy consumers and producers. However, there are multiple barriers to the adoption of energy efficient practices and implementation of lower-carbon energy sources, 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 energy 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)

2016-17
Main Estimates

2016-17
Planned Spending

2017-18
Planned Spending

2018-19
Planned Spending

183,336,817

183,336,817

133,361,992

120,560,992

The decline in planned spending from 2016-17 to 2018-19 is twofold. First, it’s due to the decrease in funding profile from 2016-17 to 2018-19 for ecoENERGY for Renewable Power, mainly reducing the Gs&Cs vote and second, to the sunsetting for ecoENERGY for Biofuels and Wind Power Production Incentive (WPPI) programs in 2016-17, reducing funding under both, the operating and Gs&Cs votes.

Human Resources (FTEs)

2016-17

2017-18

2018-19

101

82

82

The decline in planned FTEs from 2016-17 to 2017-18 is primarily due to the sunsetting of ecoENERGY for Biofuels and WPPI in 2016-17; but is less significant given only a fraction of the decline in planned spending pertains to personnel costs. Given the nature of the decline in planned spending for ecoENERGY for Renewable Power, this program causes no material fluctuation in planned FTEs from 2016-17 to 2018-19.

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

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))

TBD*

TBD*

Renewable electricity generation capacity in megawatts (MW) across Canada

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

Now and ongoing

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

* The Target in 2015-16 RPP was “Favourable 5-year trend in petajoules saved, as per 2008 baseline”. The target has been set to TBD pending decision on programming.

Planning Highlights

Individual sub-programs provide specific details on how key activities support expected results.

Sub-program 2.1.1: Renewable Energy Deployment

Description

Through this Sub-program, NRCan develops 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 of renewable energy through support to projects through the ecoENERGY for Renewable Power and Wind Power Production Incentive transfer payment programs.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)
2016-17
Planned Spending
2017-18
Planned Spending
2018-19
Planned Spending
142,444,972 120,241,898 107,367,098

The decline in planned spending from 2016-17 to 2018-19 is twofold. First, it’s due to the decreasing funding profile from 2016-17 to 2018-19 for ecoENERGY for Renewable Power program, mainly reducing the Gs&Cs vote and second, to the sunsetting of WPPI in 2016-17, reducing funding under both, the operating and Gs&Cs votes.

Human Resources (FTEs)
2016-17 2017-18 2018-19
7 5 5

The decline in planned FTEs from 2016-17 to 2017-18 is primarily due to the sunsetting of WPPI in 2016-17; but is less significant given only a fraction of the decline in planned spending pertains to personnel costs. Given the nature of the decline in planned spending for ecoENERGY for Renewable Power, this program causes no material fluctuation in planned FTEs from 2016-17 to 2018-19.

Performance Measurement
Expected Results Performance Indicators Targets Date to Be Achieved
Federal government decision makers have information on policy framework for administering marine renewable energy in the federal offshore Production of policy framework
administering marine renewable energy in the federal offshore
1 policy framework March 31, 2017
Renewable electricity is produced by the projects supported by NRCan programs Number of terawatt-hours (TWh) of clean electricity produced 13 TWh March 31, 2017

Planning Highlights

EcoENERGY for Renewable Power program – Although the program will sunset in March 2016, the capacity created will contribute to 12.7 TWh of electricity production from renewable power sources during 2016-17.

Wind Power Production Incentive program – NRCan will administer the completion of all Contribution Agreements by March 31, 2017.

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

Description

Through this Sub-program, NRCan evaluates the effectiveness of solutions to the domestic and international environmental impacts of energy development and supports Canadian suppliers of innovative and energy efficient products (which are predominantly small and medium-sized enterprises). NRCan also provides high-quality tools, information and analysis about clean energy and climate change to the public and to government decision-makers, and supports Canada's international actions on climate change.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)
2016-17
Planned Spending
2017-18
Planned Spending
2018-19
Planned Spending
0 0 0

The nil balance in planned spending is due to the sunsetting of the International Climate Change Strategy and Clean Energy Dialogue program in 2015-16. Government decisions on sunsetting programs would be reflected in the Department’s future Budget exercises and Estimates documents.

Human Resources (FTEs)
2016-17 2017-18 2018-19
0 0 0
Performance Measurement
Expected Results Performance Indicators Targets Date to Be Achieved
TBD TBD TBD TBD

Performance measurement parameters have been set to “TBD” pending decisions on program renewal, due to the expiry of budgetary spending authorities for some of the Clean Energy suite of programs.

Planning Highlights

Planned spending, full time equivalents and performance targets reflect the expiry of budgetary spending authorities for some of the Clean Energy suite of programs which had been approved for a five-year period between 2011 and 2016. The Government of Canada’s decision on future funding is pending.

Sub-program 2.1.3: Alternative Transportation Fuels

Description

Through this Sub-program, NRCan addresses the barriers to the use of alternative fuels by increasing production capacity, designing and developing education and outreach materials, and facilitating the design, development and updating of codes and standards. This Sub-program includes the ecoENERGY for Biofuels transfer payment program.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)
2016-17
Planned Spending
2017-18
Planned Spending
2018-19
Planned Spending
28,840,720 0 0

The decline in planned spending from 2016-17 to 2018-19 is primarily due to the sunsetting of ecoENERGY for Biofuels program in 2016-17.

Human Resources (FTEs)
2016-17 2017-18 2018-19
23 0 0

The decline in planned FTEs from 2016-17 to 2018-19 is primarily due to the sunsetting of ecoENERGY for Biofuels in 2016-17.

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 producers of renewable alternatives to gasoline and diesel receiving production incentives for up to 7 years 21 producers successfully complete a 7-year agreement by March 2017 March 31, 2017

Planning Highlights

EcoENERGY for Biofuels program – The Government of Canada has made investments to remove barriers to the production and use of alternative transportation fuels, and to help create a domestic biofuels industry through capital and operating incentives for production, regulations for renewable content, and support for construction of first-of-kind next generation biofuel facilities. With the support of federal programs, such as the ecoENERGY for Biofuels program, and provincial programs, the biofuel industry has grown considerably.

Sub-program 2.1.4: Energy Efficiency

Description

Through this Sub-program, NRCan encourages the adoption of energy-efficient technologies, products and practices through labelling, by providing information on energy management and 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 and practices.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)
2016-17
Planned Spending
2017-18
Planned Spending
2018-19
Planned Spending
12,051,125 13,120,094 13,193,894
Human Resources (FTEs)
2016-17 2017-18 2018-19
71 77 77
Performance Measurement
Expected Results Performance Indicators Targets Date to Be Achieved
Canadians adopt NRCan-targeted energy efficient products and practices Product models that meet the regulated minimum energy performance 95% of product models tested or audited post-market meet regulated requirements Annually - by June of each year
Number of new client-organizations using Federal Buildings Initiative (FBI) tools and services 2 new client organizations March 31, 2017

Planning Highlights

EcoEnergy efficiency program – NRCan will build on the successful ecoEnergy efficiency program to advance energy efficiency. It will support requirements of the Energy Efficiency capacity-building, information-sharing, as well as compliance monitoring.

Energy Efficiency Regulations – NRCan will audit or test 4 categories of regulated energy-using products (such as household appliances, commercial equipment, and industry motors) in the Canadian marketplace to ensure they meet the minimum standards. The Department ensures that the industry complies with the Energy Efficiency Regulations.

Data Collection and Analysis – To support further collaboration with the provinces and territories, and internationally through bilateral and multilateral engagement, NRCan will, among others, collect energy consumption information via 4 data-collection surveys spanning the industrial, residential and transportation sectors. The results of the surveys will enable the measurement and modeling of energy efficiency in the Canadian economy, and will help support sound decision-making about energy efficiency programs at the federal, international, and sub-national levels.

For ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager – NRCan will facilitate the registration of 570 Buildings in the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager Benchmarking tool by March 31, 2017, and will assist federal facilities to implement at least 2 energy-saving projects.

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. This objective is achieved through the generation and dissemination of scientific knowledge, and the development and demonstration of new technologies.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)
2016-17
Main Estimates
2016-17
Planned Spending
2017-18
Planned Spending
2018-19
Planned Spending
115,838,434 115,838,434 108,270,795 104,315,546

The decline in planned spending from 2016-17 to 2018-19 is primarily due to the decreasing funding profile of the Sustainable Development Technology Canada Tech Fund8 which is in the Gs&Cs vote.

Human Resources (FTEs)
2016-17 2017-18 2018-19
516 513 512
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 the average of the previous 5 year period March 31, 2017

8On November 4, 2015, an Order-in-Council designated the Minister of Industry (now the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development) as the Minister for the purposes of the Canada Foundation for Sustainable Development Technology Act. As a result, resources allocated to this organization will be transferred to Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, thereby, reducing NRCan financial resources. The above financial table does not reflect this reduction. Until the transfer is complete, NRCan will continue to disburse funds from its reference levels toward both the SDTC’s NextGen Biofuels Fund and the SDTC Tech Fund. These disbursements will remain equally shared between NRCan and ECCC, with each department reporting its shares in its respective RPP and DPR.

Planning Highlights

Individual sub-programs provide specific details on how key activities support expected results.

Sub-program 2.2.1: Materials for Energy

Description

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

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)
2016-17
Planned Spending
2017-18
Planned Spending
2018-19
Planned Spending
5,094,556 5,094,556 5,094,556
Human Resources (FTEs)
2016-17 2017-18 2018-19
83 82 82
Performance Measurement
Expected Results Performance Indicators Targets Date to Be Achieved
New materials technologies in clean power generation and safe and reliable energy distribution are developed for industry Number of innovative materials technologies developed, contributed to, or validated by NRCan for use in power generation systems powered by nuclear, fossil or renewable energy 2 over 3 years March 31, 2017
New materials technology or standards to transport fossil fuels effectively (safely and efficiently) are developed for industry Number of new technologies or standards developed, contributed to, or validated by NRCan leading to more effective transport of fossil fuels (safely and efficiently) 3 over 5 years March 31, 2017
Advanced materials technologies for new energy efficient vehicle designs are developed for industry Number of advanced materials technologies to which NRCan contributed that have an impact on industry stakeholders products or decision making in the manufacture of energy efficient vehicles produced in North America 2 over 3 years March 31, 2018

Planning Highlights

Nuclear Energy Supply – Uninterrupted nuclear energy supply is critical for Canada as part of its clean energy mix. In 2016-17, working with Canadian nuclear stakeholders, NRCan will develop innovative material technologies for use in fuel bundles for current and/or advanced reactors. The new materials technology will allow better decision making on whether replacement is needed of the Canada Deuterium Uranium (CANDU) fuel channel component, avoiding unnecessary shutdowns.

Pipeline Safety – The Department will build on its research on materials for oil and gas pipelines to develop at least one new code and standard. This will contribute to ensuring pipeline safety and integrity and protection of the environment.

Energy-Efficient Vehicles – NRCan will present to industry one new advanced material technology to be identified for implementation in the design or processing of components for energy efficient vehicles produced in North America.

Sub-program 2.2.2: Green Mining

Description

Through this Sub-program, NRCan develops and demonstrates innovative mining technologies and practices that eliminate or reduce environmental impacts 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. 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)
2016-17
Planned Spending
2017-18
Planned Spending
2018-19
Planned Spending
7,256,936 7,256,936 7,256,936
Human Resources (FTEs)
2016-17 2017-18 2018-19
60 60 60
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

Development of Environmental Technologies – NRCan will support the development and adoption of sustainable practices by: 1) finalising its work on different types of biochar (a solid material obtained from thermochemical conversion) to determine the feasibility of developing productive agricultural land uses on mine waste; and 2) furthering testing on membrane technology, with the aim of improving water management in the oil sands industry.

Innovative Business Model – In collaboration with the Green Mining Initiative Advisory Committee, NRCan will develop a business model to accelerate the uptake of green mining technologies. It will lead on a project to enhance energy savings (by initially mapping recoverable waste energy in the grinding circuit) and enhance water management (by assessing membrane separation processes for the treatment of acidic mine drainage streams for different sites).

Sub-program 2.2.3: Clean Energy Science and Technology

Description

Through this Sub-program, NRCan collaborates with academia, industry and the public sector to research, develop and demonstrate innovative solutions to environmental challenges in the energy sector. The Department also funds, creates and advances new energy knowledge and technologies. The objective is for academia, industry, and the public sector to lay the foundation for the next generation of clean energy technologies and practices to have fewer negative impacts on Canada's air, land and water. This Sub-program includes the following transfer payment programs: Clean Energy Fund, Sustainable Development Technology Canada's (SDTC)9 SD Tech Fund, SDTC's NextGen Biofuels Fund, and the Science and Technology Internship Program.


9On November 4, 2015, an Order-in-Council designated the Minister of Industry (now the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development) as the Minister for the purposes of the Canada Foundation for Sustainable Development Technology Act. As a result, resources allocated to this organization will be transferred to Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, thereby, reducing NRCan financial resources. The above financial table does not reflect this reduction. Until the transfer is complete, NRCan will continue to disburse funds from its reference levels toward both the SDTC’s NextGen Biofuels Fund and the SDTC Tech Fund. These disbursements will remain equally shared between NRCan and ECCC, with each department reporting its shares in its respective RPP and DPR.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)
2016-17
Planned Spending
2017-18
Planned Spending
2018-19
Planned Spending
103,486,942 95,919,303 91,964,054

The decline in planned spending from 2016-17 to 2018-19 is primarily due to the decreasing funding profile of the Sustainable Development Technology Canada Tech Fund, which is in the Gs&Cs vote.

Human Resources (FTEs)
2016-17 2017-18 2018-19
373 371 370

There is no material fluctuation in planned FTEs from 2016-17 to 2018-19 since the decrease in planned spending is related to Gs&Cs expenses.

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 1:0.5 ratio March 31, 2017

Planning Highlights

Clean energy – The government has committed to encourage economic growth through strategic investments in clean technology. Canada signed on as member of Mission Innovation, an international initiative bringing together 20 countries and leading industry leaders through the Breakthrough Energy Coalition, to accelerate global clean energy innovation. NRCan is leading this effort on behalf of the  Government of Canada, and will work to bring forward proposals in 2016-17 that will increase the federal investment in clean energy RD&D. NRCan is also developing a Clean Innovation Strategy to spur the development, commercialization and adoption of clean technologies, products and processes across the economy. In 2016-17, national engagement will occur that will lead to measures to support cleantech producers and increase cleantech investments.

Fossil fuels – NRCan will support approximately 60 R&D projects in five different technology areas: advanced energy systems for power, steam and heat generation, including carbon capture and storage; frontier oil and gas; oil sands; pipelines; and tight oil and unconventional gas. The primary objective of this R&D program is to improve the environmental performance of fossil fuels resource development, including greenhouse gas reductions, thereby reducing the environmental impact on air, water, and land, and ensuring the safe transport of resources. A secondary objective is to increase the productivity and economic competitiveness of the sector.

Electricity – NRCan will support approximately 20 R&D projects in three different technology areas: sustainable bioenergy; grid integration of renewables; and northern and remote energy systems. The primary objectives of this R&D program are to: grow renewable energy supply while maintaining reliability; increase renewable energy access for remote and northern communities; strengthen economic competitiveness of the electricity sector, and improve the environmental performance of clean electricity and renewables.

End use – NRCan will support approximately 37 R&D projects in three different technology areas: industry; transportation; and built environment, including buildings, heating and cooling and smart communities. The primary objectives of this R&D program are to improve energy efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas and other air emissions, and support the sector’s productivity and competitiveness.

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)
2016-17
Main Estimates
2016-17
Planned Spending
2017-18
Planned Spending
2018-19
Planned Spending
29,619,508 29,619,508 28,958,607 28,959,115
Human Resources (FTEs)
2016-17 2017-18 2018-19
242 239 239
Performance Measurement
Expected Results Performance Indicators Targets Date to Be Achieved
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 per year March 31, 2017

Planning Highlights

Individual sub-programs provide specific details on how key activities support expected results.

Sub-program 2.3.1: Forest Ecosystems Science and Application

Description

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

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)
2016-17
Planned Spending
2017-18
Planned Spending
2018-19
Planned Spending
15,863,062 15,375,776 15,375,675
Human Resources (FTEs)
2016-17 2017-18 2018-19
140 137 136
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 Participation of the Canadian Forest Service on advisory boards or committees involving the sharing of knowledge on forest ecosystems to governments, industry and non-governmental organizations Participation on advisory boards and committees stays within 10% of baseline of 100 advisory boards and committees March 31, 2017

Planning Highlights

Creation of new scientific knowledge – NRCan will increase the scientific knowledge of forest ecosystems by: 1) refining its Carbon Budget Model, which is a key component of the Canada’s National Forest Carbon Monitoring Accounting and Reporting System, to better estimate carbon dynamics within forests on organic soils and boreal peat lands and reduce uncertainty in model predictions; and 2) conducting and synthesizing science-based research on forest ecosystems as well as supporting the preparation of the report on the State of Canada’s Forests, a Government reporting requirement under the Department of Natural Resources Act.

Dissemination and use of scientific knowledge – This knowledge will be used to estimate forest-related carbon and GHG emissions that will be included in Canada’s 2016 Greenhouse Gas Inventory Report produced by ECCC. It will also be used to demonstrate sustainable forest management practices by the Canadian industry and thus support the international reputation of its products. Finally, NRCan will make this knowledge accessible to various stakeholders (industry non-governmental organizations, provincial and territorial governments) through different means (such as peer-reviewed journals). This will enable the stakeholders to establish practices to mitigate climate change and the environmental impacts of natural resource development.

Sub-program 2.3.2: Groundwater Geoscience

Description

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

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)
2016-17
Planned Spending
2017-18
Planned Spending
2018-19
Planned Spending
3,762,964 3,762,964 3,762,964
Human Resources (FTEs)
2016-17 2017-18 2018-19
27 27 28
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 geoscience information and tools into their products (e.g., aquifer maps and data, methods and approaches, plans and reports) 5 per year March 31, 2017

Planning Highlights

Data availability – The Department will increase the amount of groundwater geoscience data and scientific products available by 5% via the Groundwater Information Network portal thus further enabling clients and stakeholders to carry out their groundwater research and meet management needs.

Groundwater science protocols and standards – NRCan will continue to provide the most up-to-date groundwater science developed through the assessment of key Canadian aquifers. Due to diminishing resources, it will work with its partners to transfer methods and protocols so that other aquifers of interest can be assessed under the leadership of the provincial authorities.

Partnerships – NRCan will continue progress on mapping 3 key Canadian aquifers with an expected 50% completion target by the end of the fiscal year and develop formal partnerships with at least one province.

Sub-program 2.3.3: Environmental Studies and Assessments

Description

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

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)
2016-17
Planned Spending
2017-18
Planned Spending
2018-19
Planned Spending
5,932,429 5,879,821 5,880,430
Human Resources (FTEs)
2016-17 2017-18 2018-19
46 46 46
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 per year March 31, 2017
Informed environmental assessments Percentage of major projects in which NRCan provided all necessary scientific and technical expertise to support the environmental assessment process. (Major projects is defined as those tracked by the MPMO/Northern Projects Management Office) 90% March 31, 2017

Planning Highlights

Environmental Assessments – The Department will meet, in a timely manner, 90% of the requests for geoscience expertise needed to support environmental assessments under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (2012) and northern legislation and for Mineral and Energy Resource Assessment requirements. In addition, NRCan will support the assessments by reviewing approaches for mine waste management and geochemistry for mining projects, as well as other projects with acidic drainage and/or metal leaching concerns.

Environmental and Geoscience Knowledge – NRCan will release information on the most recent research results on the:

  • Effects hydraulic fracturing on shallow aquifers and induced seismicity for use by different public and private organizations;
  • Environmental effects of oil sands developments; and
  • Fate of specific mining-related elements in the environment.

Sub-program 2.3.4: Radioactive Waste Management

Description

Through this Sub-program, NRCan develops knowledge, innovative technologies, policy and programs to establish long-term management solutions for radioactive waste. Specifically, NRCan is involved in clean-up operations where the original private sector producer no longer exists or cannot be held responsible. This Sub-program includes the Gunnar Mine Remediation transfer payment program.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)
2016-17
Planned Spending
2017-18
Planned Spending
2018-19
Planned Spending
2,947,653 2,826,646 2,826,646
Human Resources (FTEs)
2016-17 2017-18 2018-19
23 23 23
Performance Measurement
Expected Results Performance Indicators Targets Date to Be Achieved
Payments to the Province of Saskatchewan under the Gunnar contribution agreement are managed appropriately Percentage of eligible costs under the contribution agreement paid in a timely manner 100% Ongoing

Planning Highlights

Atomic Energy of Canada Limited – NRCan will continue to manage the transfer payment program for the Gunnar Mine Remediation to advance the decommissioning of the Gunnar Uranium mine site, pursuant to a Memorandum of Agreement with the Province of Saskatchewan.

Medical Isotopes – NRCan will work with stakeholders, provincial and territorial counterparts, as well as bilaterally and multilaterally to support the transition to a market-driven and secure supply of medical isotopes in a manner that also minimizes radioactive waste.

Sub-program 2.3.5: Geospatial Information for Responsible Natural Resource Management

Description

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

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)
2016-17
Planned Spending
2017-18
Planned Spending
2018-19
Planned Spending
1,113,400 1,113,400 1,113,400
Human Resources (FTEs)
2016-17 2017-18 2018-19
6 6 6
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 per year March 31, 2017

Planning Highlights

Geospatial products – NRCan will provide geospatial products (such as orthomosaics and terrain models) and reports for northern landscapes on the impacts of air pollutants, forest fires, vegetation change, and development activities for sensitive areas in the North

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) – NRCan will develop and disseminate methodology for the operational implementation of UAV surveys to detect landscape and vegetation changes over short-time scales.

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 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)
2016-17
Main Estimates
2016-17
Planned Spending
2017-18
Planned Spending
2018-19
Planned Spending
57,808,743 57,808,743 49,858,500 48,894,225

The decline in planned spending from 2016-17 to 2018-19 is primarily due to the decreasing funding profile of the Enhancing National Earthquake Monitoring program which focuses on implementing new technology and scientific advances to enhance the national capability to protect Canadians from the impact of earthquake. The program will be completed by 2018-19.

Human Resources (FTEs)
2016-17 2017-18 2018-19
427 423 419
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 risk assessments (climate change, geohazards, other), policies, regulations, plans, standards (codes) or guidelines developed using NRCan information or services 5 per year March 31, 2017
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, 2017

Planning Highlights

Individual sub-programs provide specific details on how key activities support expected result.

Sub-program 3.1.1: Explosives Safety and Security

Description

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

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)
2016-17
Planned Spending
2017-18
Planned Spending
2018-19
Planned Spending
4,725,656 4,267,483 4,267,483
Human Resources (FTEs)
2016-17 2017-18 2018-19
58 58 58
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 per year March 31, 2017

Planning Highlights

Enhanced regulatory and safety role – NRCan will continue to monitor threats and explore options for enhancing its role over the coming year.

Inspections – NRCan will conduct inspections on explosives safety and security, with the aim of ensuring that 70% of inspections are rated satisfactory or better. This goal will be supported by ongoing outreach activities with industry to further education related to the recent amendments to the Explosives Regulations.

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

Description

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

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)
2016-17
Planned Spending
2017-18
Planned Spending
2018-19
Planned Spending
20,119 20,119 20,119

There is no material fluctuation in planned spending from 2016-17 to 2018-19. While planned spending is relatively low, it is important to note that it is offset with the projected revenues directly related to this Sub-program activity.

Human Resources (FTEs)
2016-17 2017-18 2018-19
18 16 15

The decline in planned FTEs from 2016-17 to 2018-19 is attributable to casual contracts not being renewed. The remaining planned FTEs will mostly be covered by net-vote revenues.

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 and active certifications maintained by NRCan (certifications are currently offered in multiple methods and individuals are typically certified in more than one method and/or sector) 12,000 March 31, 2017

Planning Highlights

ISO 9001 and ISO 17024 – The National Non-Destructive Testing Certification Body will obtain external accreditation to these standards of ISO 9001 and ISO 17024 quality management systems to build on NRCan's commitment to excellence in program quality and service delivery.

Sub-program 3.1.3: Forest Disturbances Science and Application

Description

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

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)
2016-17
Planned Spending
2017-18
Planned Spending
2018-19
Planned Spending
27,194,987 26,855,924 26,855,825
Human Resources (FTEs)
2016-17 2017-18 2018-19
225 224 225
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 Participation of the Canadian Forest Service on advisory boards or committees involving the sharing of knowledge on forest disturbances to governments, industry, and non-governmental organizations Participation on advisory boards and committees stays within 10% of baseline

Baseline is 73 advisory boards and committees
March 31, 2017

Planning Highlights

Creation of new knowledge – NRCan will generate new scientific knowledge and integrate it in analyses of the vulnerability and adaptation capacity of Canadian forests and forest sector to climate change. It will pursue research laying the science foundations for an early intervention strategy against the spruce budworm in Eastern Canada. It will also maintain research efforts to better understand mountain pine beetle spread in novel habitats in Western Canada, and to mitigate the impacts of major pathogens on Canadian forests. Finally, it will produce a wildland fire research strategy to ensure NRCan’s science and technologies address current priorities.

Dissemination and use of scientific knowledge – NRCan will disseminate its knowledge and advice to inform risk forecasting and mitigation as well as adaptation strategies in various forums such as 1) the Federal-Provincial-Territorial Invasive Species Task Force established by Conservation, Wildlife and Biodiversity Ministers; and 2) the Fourth Biennial Wildland Fire Canada Conference that it will co-host with a view to strengthen collaboration among Canadian fire management agencies.

The Department will also disseminate its scientific knowledge to forest pest managers across the country facing operational challenges with significant forest pest infestations. Finally, NRCan will work with stakeholders to integrate its forest science related to climate change in pan-Canadian vulnerability analyses and adaptation strategies and enable forest sector players to mainstream climate change into sustainable forest management planning.

Sub-program 3.1.4: Climate Change Adaptation

Description

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

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)
2016-17
Planned Spending
2017-18
Planned Spending
2018-19
Planned Spending
2,875,054 2,875,054 2,875,054
Human Resources (FTEs)
2016-17 2017-18 2018-19
22 22 22
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 20 per year March 31, 2017

Planning Highlights

In 2016-17, NRCan will take stock of the results achieved to date, scope continuing need for program activities and release knowledge products.     

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 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)
2016-17
Planned Spending
2017-18
Planned Spending
2018-19
Planned Spending
22,992,927 15,839,920 14,875,744

The decline in planned spending from 2016-17 to 2018-19 is primarily due to the decreasing funding profile of the Enhancing National Earthquake Monitoring program which focuses on implementing new technology and scientific advances to enhance the national capability to protect Canadians from the impact of earthquake. The program will be completed by 2018-19.

Human Resources (FTEs)
2016-17 2017-18 2018-19
104 103 99
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 per year March 31, 2017

Planning Highlights

Canadian Hazards Information Service –NRCan is undertaking a major refreshment of the technology in the National Seismograph Network, including procurement of modern seismometers and digitizers and their installation across the national seismograph network, replacing obsolete equipment, to ensure robust monitoring and rapid alerting for earthquakes in Canada.

Public Safety Geoscience Program – NRCan will: 1) collaborate with emergency management stakeholders to simulate a credible earthquake event and associated impacts and consequences for a cross-border exercise in BC; and 2) work with Public Safety Canada to develop guidance tools and/or documents for natural hazard risk assessment.

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)
2016-17
Main Estimates
2016-17
Planned Spending
2017-18
Planned Spending
2018-19
Planned Spending
75,092,662 75,092,662 51,156,481 47,898,096

The decline in planned spending from 2016-17 to 2018-19 is primarily due to the declining funding profile of the UNCLOS program (Mapping the North Pole).

Human Resources (FTEs)
2016-17 2017-18 2018-19
408 390 385

There is no material fluctuation in planned FTEs from 2016-17 to 2018-19 since most of the decline in funding for UNCLOS is related to operating expenses.

Performance Measurement
Expected Results Performance Indicators Targets Date to Be Achieved
Stakeholders discover and access geospatial assets to inform decision-making, reporting, operations and research Satisfaction with discoverability and access to geospatial assets Improvement over previous reporting period on satisfaction with overall discovery and access March 31, 2018
Percentage of clients who are satisfied with Canada’s legal boundary framework for effective governance, economic and social development Three baselines complete for client satisfaction surveys (scheduled 1 bi-annually, rotational amongst key client groups: Aboriginal, other government departments, industry) March 31, 2019
Public, private sector and academia use accurate, Government of Canada geo-information for decision-making Evidence identifying that Canada Lands Survey System activities are meeting stakeholder needs At least one source of evidence from First Nations, other government departments and industry for the Canada Lands Survey System March 31, 2018
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, 2017

Planning Highlights

Individual sub-programs provide specific details on how key activities support expected result.

Sub-program 3.2.1: Essential Geographic Information

Description

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

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)
2016-17
Planned Spending
2017-18
Planned Spending
2018-19
Planned Spending
28,279,990 28,258,662 28,269,734
Human Resources (FTEs)
2016-17 2017-18 2018-19
257 250 248
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 geospatial information tools and services are accessed 5% annual increase from 2013/14 March 31, 2017
Governments and other program stakeholders can access a suite of up-to-date, comprehensive geospatial assets Average time elapsed from image receipt to the staging of emergency flood response products 4 hours or less March 31, 2017
Percentage of landmass foundational data collections with renewed coverage 15% of all data collections are updated or newly produced March 31, 2017
Stakeholders access georeferencing at the highest accuracy levels through a common coordinate reference system consistent with international standards Number of times geodetic tools and services are accessed Same or increased from past fiscal year March 31, 2017

Planning Highlights

Radarsat – NRCan will provide near-real-time flood extent mapping products and services – derived from the geoprocessing of Radarsat-2 and ancillary information – to emergency management organizations, supporting Canada’s coordinated efforts to respond to emergencies.

Geographical Names Board of Canada's 2014-2020 Strategic Plan – NRCan will continue engaging with provinces, territories and other federal departments to provide expert advice to Canada's authoritative geographical names, with a particular emphasis on Indigenous and undersea naming and improvement of systems.

GeoBase – NRCan will work with provinces, territories and other federal departments for the development and integration of accurate and authoritative geospatial data, which includes information about Canada, its resources and infrastructure. This information will be disseminated by NRCan’s FGP, enabling the federal government and all Canadians to access location information in a timely and efficient manner.

Launch of RADARSAT Constellation Mission – In advance of its launch currently scheduled for 2018, NRCan will develop and provide a new geospatial tool to generate simulated RCM data. This tool will enable other departments to develop their own value-added processes, improving their readiness to exploit data from this new Canadian satellite.      

Clear positioning reference system – NRCan will enhance online tools and services for client positioning in Canada’s fundamental reference system for latitude, longitude and height by 1) densifying Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) satellite monitoring stations and incorporating resulting data into improved tools for transformation of coordinates over time to account for the dynamic Earth, and 2) incorporating multiple constellations of GNSS satellites (i.e. fully utilize, GALILEO, etc.) in precise positioning services (Phase 1 in 2016-17).     

Sub-program 3.2.2: Canada’s Legal Boundaries

Description

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

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)
2016-17
Planned Spending
2017-18
Planned Spending
2018-19
Planned Spending
13,620,497 12,990,340 11,783,723

The decline in planned spending from 2016-17 to 2018-19 is primarily due to the sunset of a transfer from INAC (previously Aboriginal And Northern Development Canada) for the purposes of the First Nations Land Description Reports program.

Human Resources (FTEs)
2016-17 2017-18 2018-19
108 105 102
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, 2017
Statutory obligations, including interdepartmental commitments, are achieved in support of boundary certainty for Canada (including the Canada-US boundary) and First Nation Lands Percentage of statutory obligations and interdepartmental commitments achieved as defined in the legislation and agreements for Canada and First Nation lands 100% March 31, 2017

Planning Highlights

Survey obligations – NRCan will complete 100% 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 and other Canadians living in those areas.

Moving to digital records – NRCan is strengthening how it provides statutory registration of legal surveys on Canada Lands. Building on efficiencies gained in 2015-16 when it implemented its first phase in the electronic recording of survey plans, NRCan is transitioning to maintenance of digital records instead of utilizing a vault of over 100,000 documents for its daily operations.

Sub-program 3.2.3: Polar Continental Shelf Logistics Support

Description

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

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)
2016-17
Planned Spending
2017-18
Planned Spending
2018-19
Planned Spending
8,335,696 8,619,268 7,338,588

The decline in planned spending from 2016-17 to 2018-19 is primarily due to the sunset of a transfer from INAC for the purposes of the Polar Continental Shelf Program (Canada High Arctic Research Station).

Human Resources (FTEs)
2016-17 2017-18 2018-19
33 33 33

There is no material fluctuation in planned FTEs from 2016-17 to 2018-19 since the INAC transfer is related to operating expenses.

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 coordination services that were supported by PCSP 95% March 31, 2017

Planning Highlights

Polar Continental Shelf – NRCan will provide requested field logistics to more than 100 projects from government departments, the Polar Knowledge Canada's Science and Technology Program, and universities conducting scientific research in the Arctic, as well as to the Canadian Armed Forces Arctic Training Centre Program.

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

Description

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

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)
2016-17
Planned Spending
2017-18
Planned Spending
2018-19
Planned Spending
24,856,479 1,288,211 506,051

The decline in planned spending from 2016-17 to 2018-19 is primarily due to the declining funding profile of the UNCLOS program (Mapping the North Pole) with the vast majority reducing the operating vote.

Human Resources (FTEs)
2016-17 2017-18 2018-19
10 2 2

The decline in planned FTEs from 2016-17 to 2018-19 is related to the decline in planned spending for this sub-program.

Performance Measurement
Expected Results Performance Indicators Targets Date to Be Achieved
Global Affairs Canada (GAC) presents a comprehensive, scientifically sound submission for Canada's claim to the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS) beyond 200 nautical miles Percentage of required scientific and technical data and analysis delivered to GAC for the presentation of Canada's claim to the CLCS beyond 200 nautical miles 100% March 31, 2018

Planning Highlights

Canada’s Continental Limits – NRCan received funds to add a third year survey expedition in the Arctic Ocean in 2016-17. Scientific personnel from NRCan, DFO, ECCC, National Defence (DND) and the Canadian Armed Forces will be involved in a major seabed survey for August-September 2016. NRCan personnel will use their survey period on the two icebreakers to acquire seismic and bathymetric data to define the outer limit of Canada's extended continental margin as defined under Article 76 of UNCLOS. Concurrently, NRCan will analyze geological and bathymetric data collected from 2014-16 in support of the Arctic Ocean submission to the CLCS. Working with GAC and DFO, NRCan will prepare a formal presentation for the Atlantic Ocean submission, and present it after the election of CLCS Commissioners in 2017.

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. Internal services include only those activities and resources that apply across an organization, and not those provided to a specific program. The groups of activities 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; and Acquisition Services.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)
2016-17
Main Estimates
2016-17
Planned Spending
2017-18
Planned Spending
2018-19
Planned Spending
184,517,755 184,517,755 137,682,086 136,796,541

The decline in planned spending from 2016-17 to 2018-19 is primarily due to the expiry of budgetary spending authorities in 2016-17 for the Federal Infrastructure initiative, specifically reducing the operating and capital vote.

Human Resources (FTEs)
2016-17 2017-18 2018-19
939 931 931

Given the nature of the decline in planned spending, there is no material fluctuation in planned FTEs from 2016-17 to 2018-19.

Planning Highlights

Openness and transparency – NRCan will take steps to increase its capacity to engage with stakeholders, share its knowledge and report on its performance. It will:

  • Establish a Stakeholder Engagement Unit to provide expert advice and support to senior officials and the Minister on stakeholder engagement;
  • Support the Open Government Initiative by: 1) proceeding with Federal Science Library integration; 2) implementing the Federal Geospatial Platform‘s interface with the Open Government portal; 3) increasing access to its scientists; and
  • Strengthen its ability to measure and report on its results through improvements to the framework such the Performance Measurement Framework.

Increasing operational efficiency – NRCan is continuously looking at ways to increase its efficiency. It will:

  • Complete $45 million in investments to conduct major repairs and upgrading of federal laboratories and research facilities at 15 locations across Canada, as part of the Federal Infrastructure Initiative;
  • Pilot risk-based approaches for staffing and classification; and
  • Increase information technology security by implementing additional measures

Policy, science and management excellence – NRCan is setting the foundation for future policy, science and management excellence.  It will:

  • Develop a medium-to-long term policy research agenda to support evidence-based decision making; produce at least 4 research papers; and strengthen science, policy and program entrepreneurship by supporting the use of new policy instruments;
  • Complete its review of current talent management practices, address gaps identified and continue to experiment with new approaches to developing talent; and
  • Strengthen capacity on intelligent risk-taking.