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Report on Plans and Priorities 2011-2012
Electronic Layer of Reporting
Elements of NRCan's Sustainable Development Strategy

Maintaining Water Quality and Availability

FSDS Target 4.1 - Water Resource Management and Use

Promote the conservation and wise use of water to affect a 30% reduction or increased efficiency in water use in various sectors by 2025 (based on 2009 water use levels).

FSDS Implementation Strategy

4.1.9 Continue the development and implementation of Water Availability Indicators. (HC, EC, NRCan)

You will find below details about NRCan’s activities that contribute to this implementation strategy:

Environmental Geoscience

This activity is nested within NRCan’s Program Activity Architecture (PAA) as follows:

  • Strategic Outcome 2 - 
    Environmental Responsibility

    • Program Activity 2.2 - 
      Ecosystem Risk Management

      • Sub Activity 2.2.3
        Environmental Geoscience


Governments and Industry require a variety of assessments rooted in sound geoscience in order to develop, monitor and maintain resources responsibly, and to assess risks. Under Sub Activity - Environmental Geoscience (PAA 2.2.3), NRCan delivers expertise, information and data to other government departments and industry, enabling clear understanding of environmental risks and opportunities, which in turn supports environmental responsibility in the development and use of Canada’s natural resources. Under this Sub Activity is a key Sub Activity that contributes to this FSDS implementation strategy:

  • Sub Sub Activity - Groundwater Geoscience (PAA NRCan’s aquifer mapping and assessment activities (in collaboration with the provinces and territories) support informed decision-making on groundwater management issues, such as: increased pressures on water resources with urbanization, economic expansion and growing energy demands. Mapping of key aquifers supports the responsible development of Canada’s natural resources.

Relationship to FSDS Target

Under Sub Activity - Groundwater Geoscience, NRCan is working with Health Canada to determine the geoscience information necessary with regards to the development and implementation of Water Availability Indicators. NRCan supports this endeavour with its Groundwater Inventory Network and work on the development of maps assessments and common standards for Canada’s transboundary aquifers. Thus, Sub Activity - Groundwater Geoscience, under Sub Activity - Environmental Geoscience, contributes indirectly to FSDS Target 4.1 - Water Resource Management and Use.

Non-Financial Performance Expectations

Expected Result and Indicators (Sub Activity 2.2.3)

NRCan’s geoscience supports the development and management of resources in an environmentally responsible manner.

  • Percentage of federally-regulated major development project feasibility studies using NRCan geoscience (reported annually, beginning in 2011-2012).
  • Number of citations of NRCan geoscience in public regulations or policy (reported annually, beginning in 2011-2012).
  • Number of communities using the National Groundwater Inventory information in groundwater management and related-decision-making (reported annually, beginning in 2011-2012).

Expected Result and Indicator (Sub Sub Activity

Governments and decision-makers are better equipped to manage Canada’s groundwater resources.

  • Completed aquifer mapping and assessment data are available through the National Groundwater Inventory within 12 months of completion (reported annually, beginning in 2011-2012).

Output and Indicator (Sub Sub Activity

Aquifer assessments are completed.

  • Complete and release the assessment and mapping of 7 of 30 key Canadian Aquifers (reported only for 2011-2012 and 2012-2013).

Other FSDS Linkages

Sub Activity - Environmental Geoscience further contributes to FSDS Target 4.1 - Water Resource Management and Use through the following implementation strategies:

This Sub Activity also contributes to FSDS Target 3.1 - Fresh Water Quality through one implementation strategy:

This Sub Activity also contributes to the FSDS Target 6.2 - Terrestrial Ecosystem and Habitat through one implementation strategy:

This Sub Activity also contributes to FSDS Target 6.3 - Marine Ecosystems through the following implementation strategies:

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