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Name of horizontal initiative Major Projects Management Office Initiative (MPMOI)
Lead department(s) Natural Resources Canada (NRCan)
Federal partner organization(s)
  • Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) and Crown Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada (CIRNAC)
  • Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC)
  • Transport Canada (TC)
  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO)
  • Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA)
Non-federal and non-governmental partner(s) Not applicable
Start date of the horizontal initiative Second renewal start date of the horizontal initiative's funding allocation: April 1, 2015.

Original horizontal initiative's funding allocation start/end date: 2007-12

First renewal of the horizontal initiative's funding allocation start/end date: 2012-15
End date of the horizontal initiative March 31, 2020
Description of the horizontal initiative Established in 2007 to improve the performance of the review process for major natural resource projects, the MPMOI is a horizontal initiative across 12 federal departments and agencies. The Initiative was renewed in 2015 for $135 million over five years to ensure: that Canada remains a competitive and attractive location to invest; high environmental standards are upheld; and meaningful Indigenous consultations are conducted. The Major Projects Deputy Ministers' Committee serves as the governance body for the implementation of the Cabinet Directive on Improving the Performance of the Regulatory System for Major Resource Projects.
Governance structures The Cabinet Directive on Improving the Performance of the Regulatory System for Major Resource Projects establishes the governance framework for federal departments and agencies to facilitate the effective, coordinated and concurrent discharge of their statutory duties, functions and obligations related to the regulation of major resource projects. It encourages them to work together to identify areas where the federal regulatory system can be improved, and to drive system-wide improvements to the accountability, transparency, timeliness and predictability of the federal regulatory system for major resource projects.
The Minister of Natural Resources is the lead minister for the MPMOI. He works with his counterparts to report to Cabinet on improvements to the federal review process and reports to Parliament and the public through NRCan’s Annual Report.

The Major Projects Deputy Ministers' Committee governs the Initiative, providing direction to resolve project and policy matters in keeping with the Cabinet Directive. Members include Deputy Minister level representatives from: NRCan (Chair), Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Environment and Climate Change Canada,  Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, Infrastructure Canada, Health Canada, Justice, Privy Council Office, Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency, Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, and the National Energy Board.

The Committee is supported by the MPMO officials who provide overarching management and coordination of the federal regulatory system for major resource projects, and deliver strategic policy advice, analysis and other information to support the sound functioning of this horizontal initiative.
Interdepartmental working groups of MPMOI partners at the Assistant Deputy Minister and working levels meet regularly to advance the coherent delivery of the MPMO mandate.
Total federal funding allocated (from start to end date) (dollars) $135,000,000
Total federal planned spending to date (dollars) $261,000,000
Total federal actual spending to date (dollars) $251,000,00
Date of last renewal of the horizontal initiative                              April 01, 2015
Total federal funding allocated at the last renewal and source of funding
(dollars)
$135,000,000 – Supplementary Estimates
Funding contributed by non-federal and non-governmental partners (dollars) Not applicable
Fiscal year of planned completion of next evaluation            NRCan is currently leading an evaluation, scheduled for completion in 2018
Shared outcome of federal partners Improved performance of the federal review process for major resource projects in support of sustainable resource development in Canada, and regulatory decisions that hold the confidence of Canadians.
Performance indicator(s) See Horizontal PAA below
Target(s) See Horizontal PAA below
Expected outcome of non-federal and non-governmental partners Not applicable
Planning highlights On February 6 and February 8, 2018, the Government tabled legislation to amend key sections of the Fisheries Act and the Navigation Protection Act, and repeal and replace the Canadian Environment Assessment Agency Act and the National Energy Board Act. These Acts propose amendments to the legislative cornerstone of the MPMOi.
As such, a focus of activity for this fiscal year will be to engage Canadians and Indigenous Peoples on proposed legislative, regulatory and policy reforms.
There are also approximately 80 projects currently in the assessment and regulatory system. These projects will continue to be operate under existing legislation(s) and the MPMOi will continue to ensure there is effective coordination and concurrent discharge of statutory duties, functions and obligations related to the regulation of major resource projects.
Contact information Gavin Lemieux, Director, Policy
Major Projects Management Office
Natural Resources Canada
580 Booth Street, 12th Floor
Ottawa, ON K1A0E4

Planning summary

Key Objective Area (KOA) 1: Environmental Assessment/Regulatory Review, Decision Making and Post-Approval Follow-Up and Compliance Monitoring (Scientific/Technical Expert Capacity; Proponent Support and System Integration; Policy and Reporting; Legal Services)Footnote 1 Footnote 2

Note: Some of these resources reported under KOA #1 (related to the four business lines listed above) may also support KOA #2 (Indigenous consultation).

Federal organizations Link to the department’s Program Inventory Horizontal initiative activities Total federal allocation (from start to end date) (dollars) 2018–19 Planned spending (dollars) 2018–19 Expected results 2018–19 Performance indicators 2018–19 Targets Date to achieve target
CEAA Environmental Assessment Delivery Determining whether an EA is required, undertaking analysis of potential impacts of a designated project  on the environment and Indigenous rights and treaty rights, undertaking Indigenous consultations, preparing EA decision statements, and compliance and enforcement 33,783,460 6,756,692 Timely EA and regulatory decisions for major projects Percentage of major project EAs that meet legislated timelines (CEAA, NEB, CNSC reviews) Target: 100% of major project EAs meet legislated timelines (CEAA, NEB, CNSC reviews)

Target: 90% of major project EAs meet service standards; and 100% meet regulated timelines
Annual
Environmental Assessment Policy Supporting development of horizontal policies or procedures and developing and implementing ongoing improvements to the EA process for major projects 3,562,295 712,459 Timely EA and regulatory decisions for major projects Percentage of major project regulatory permitting processes that meet their service standards or regulated timelines Target: 90% of major project EAs meet service standards; and 100% meet regulated timelines Annual
DFO Fisheries Protection Program Providing information or knowledge on fish, fish habitat, and aquatic species at risk in support of EAs, applying regulatory review and permitting processes under the Fisheries Act and Species at Risk Act, supporting development of horizontal policies and procedures and ensuring departmental implementation of ongoing improvements to the review process for major projects 26,436,064 5,688,362 Federal roles and responsibilities for major project reviews are clear and predictable Percentage of major project reviews for which the MPMOI has set out clear and predictable federal roles and responsibilities MPMOI has set out clear and predictable federal roles and responsibilities for 100% of major project reviews. Annual
NRCan Major Projects Management Office Initiative Providing a single window for proponents and overarching management of major project reviews and providing horizontal leadership across the federal government to advance improvements to the major project review process 19,097,323 3,869,663 Improved performance of the federal review process for major resource projects in support of sustainable resource development in Canada, and regulatory decisions that hold the confidence of Canadians. Percentage of resource development project
decisions on target as per timelines
100% of major resource projects EA and regulatory decisions involving multiple federal departments/agencies are completed within the legislated timelines Annual
TC Environmental Stewardship of Transportation Providing information or knowledge on transportation-related environmental impacts during the EA process 6,920,099 1,384,020 Integrated and robust advice supports improvements to the major project review process MPMO DMs are satisfied or very satisfied with how advice is advanced on horizontal issues 70% of MPMO DMs are satisfied or very satisfied with how advice is advanced on horizontal issues Annual
Marine Safety (Navigation Protection Program) Providing information or knowledge on impacts to navigable waters during the EA and regulatory permitting processes and developing and implementing ongoing improvements to the review process for major projects 4,858,921 971,784 Integrated and robust advice supports improvements to the major project review process MPMO DMs are satisfied or very satisfied with how advice is advanced on horizontal issues 70% of MPMO DMs are satisfied or very satisfied with how advice is advanced on horizontal issues Annual
ECCC Habitat Conservation and Protection Providing expertise on wildlife and habitat during the EA and regulatory permitting processes 2,442,362 488,472 High quality EAs Proportion of relevant federal departments providing information/knowledge/advice to CEAA for standard EAs

Proportion of relevant federal departments participating in CEAA Review Panel/NEB/CNSC public hearings

Percentage of projects undergoing follow-up and monitoring for which CEAA received a report during the reporting period that indicated that the mitigation measures set out in the EA decision statement would effectively address the environmental effects of the project Percentage of projects where adaptive management measures undertaken by the proponent and reported to CEAA led to effectively addressing the environmental effects of the project
100%of relevant federal departments provide information/ knowledge/advice to CEAA for standard EAs

100% relevant federal departments participate in CEAA Review Panel/NEB/CNSC public hearings.

90% of projects undergoing follow-up and monitoring for which CEAA received a report during the reporting period that indicated that the mitigation measures set out in the EA decision statement would effectively address the environmental effects of the project. 90% of projects where adaptive management measures undertaken by the proponent and reported to CEAA led to effectively addressing the environmental effects of the project
Annual
Hydrological Services Providing expertise on hydrologic, water quantity and hydraulic impacts during the EA process 531,142 106,228
Environmental Assessment Providing information or knowledge on environmental impacts during the EA process and developing and implementing ongoing improvements to the review process for major projects 2,128,549 425,709
 Climate Change Adaptation Providing information or knowledge on hydrological and climate change impacts during the EA process 531,142 106,228
 Substances and Waste Management Providing information or knowledge on mining and processing during the EA and regulatory permitting processes 2,545,149 509,029
Clean Growth and Climate Change Substances and Waste Management
Air Quality
Providing support on climate modeling and GHG gas emissions during the EA process 693,487 138,697
CIRNAC and ISC Petroleum and Minerals Providing information or knowledge on land management and Indigenous title and consultation in the North during the EA process and developing and implementing ongoing improvements to the review process for major projects 1,607,852 323,853
Strategic Partnerships Implementing ongoing improvements to the review process for major projects 872,034 188,261
Land and Economic Development Services Providing information or knowledge on land management and Indigenous title and consultation during the EA process and developing and implementing ongoing improvements to the review process for major projects 2,193,009 431,296
Total for all federal organizations Not applicable Not applicable 108,202,888 22,100,753 Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable

Key Objective Area (KOA) 2: Indigenous ConsultationFootnote 3

Federal organizations Link to departmet’s Program Inventory Contributing programs and activities Total allocation (from 2015-16 to 2019-20) 2018-19 Planned spending (dollars) 2018-19 Expected results 2018-19
Performance indicatorsn
2018-19 Targets Link to department’s  Core Responsibilities Link to government priorities          
DFO Fisheries Protection Program Supporting consultations during EAs and undertaking consultations in relation to regulatory decisions under the Fisheries Act and Species at Risk Act to meet duty to consult obligations 6,558,190 1,311,638 Indigenous consultation activities for major projects are fulfilled in a consistent, adequate and meaningful manner, and meet the Crown's legal duty to consult Percentage of major project reviews that have an Aboriginal consultation work plan
Percentage of major project reviews for which DOJ, when requested, assesses the legal risk arising as a result of federal consultation efforts as low to medium
Percentage of legal challenges to major project reviews (including Aboriginal consultation) where the Crown is not successful
100% of major project reviews with a Crown consultation component that have an Indigenous consultation work plan.


100% of major project reviews for which DOJ, when requested, assesses the legal risk arising as a result of federal consultation efforts as low to medium.


Decreasing trend of legal challenges to major project reviews (including Indigenous consultation) where the Crown is not successful
Sustainable Aquatic Ecosystems Improved Relationship with and Outcomes for, Indigenous peoples
TC Environmental Stewardship of Transportation Supporting consultations during EAs to meet duty to consult obligations 2,750,420 $550,084 Strategic Outcome 2: A Clean Transportation System Improved Relationship with and Outcomes for Indigenous peoples
ECCC Environmental Assessment Supporting consultations during EAs and undertaking consultations in relation to regulatory decisions under the Fisheries Act, the Migratory Birds Convention Act, the Species at Risk Act and the International River Improvements Act to meet duty to consult obligations 2,463,524 492,708  Conserving Nature Improved relationship with and outcomes for Indigenous peoples
CIRNAC and ISC 3.2.1 Lands and Economic Development Services Note: This sub-program area may be subject to change in the future Providing early engagement and developing partnerships in the project development stage and prior to a major project reviews, and analyzing economic development opportunities respecting major projects] 1,462,443 297,682 Strategic Outcome: Lands and Economic Development Full participation of First Nations, Métis, Non-Status Indians and Inuit individuals and communities in the economy Inclusive and sustainable economic growth
4.3.1 Petroleum and Minerals Providing early engagement and developing partnerships in the project development stage and prior to a major project reviews, and analyzing economic development opportunities respecting major projects 921,294 185,375

Strategic Outcome: The North

Self-reliance, prosperity and well-being for the people and communities of the North

Improved Relationship with and Outcomes for Indigenous peoples.

1.2.3  Consultation and Accommodation Providing information, analysis, training and guidance on issues to facilitate a whole-of-government approach to consultations 1,257,368 254,847

Strategic Outcome: The Government

Support good governance, rights and interests of Indigenous peoples

Improved Relationship with and Outcomes for Indigenous peoples.

Total for all federal organizations Not applicable Not applicable 15,413,239 3,092,334 Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable

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