Departmental Plan 2019 to 2020 report, Environment and Climate Change Canada, chapter 5

Additional Information

Corporate Information

Organizational Profile

Appropriate Minister: The Honourable Catherine McKenna, P.C., M.P.

Institutional Head: Dr. Stephen Lucas

Ministerial Portfolio: Environment and Climate Change Canada

Enabling Instruments:    

Year of incorporation / Commencement: 1971

Raison d’être, mandate and role: who we are and what we do

“Raison d’être, mandate and role: who we are and what we do” is available on Environment and Climate Change Canada’s transparency page.

Reporting framework

Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Departmental Results Framework and Program Inventory of record for 2019–20 is shown below.

Long description

Departmental results framework as per "TB Policy on Results"

Core Responsibilities / Minister’s Mandate Priorities

Core Responsibilities are the functions related to the ongoing departmental mandate. The items listed under each Core Responsibility are specific ministerial mandate commitments drawn from the Minister’s Mandate Letter, the Speech from the Throne and Budget 2016.

Departmental results and result indicators for each core responsibility / Minister's mandate priorities

By defining Results/outcomes and indicators, progress against Core Responsibilities will be monitored and updated through public reporting and departmental management

Take action on clean growth and climate change

Canadian greenhouse gas short-lived climate pollutant emissions are reduced

  • GHG emissions from light duty vehicles
  • GHG emissions from heavy duty vehicles
  • Black carbon emissions, as reported in Canada’s Black Carbon Emissions Inventory
  • HFC emissions
  • Reduced methane emissions from the oil and gas sector
  • Emissions reductions are being achieved under the Clean Fuel Standard building on the Renewable Fuels Regulations
  • Percentage of coal-fired electricity generation units meeting their regulated GHG emissions intensity performance requirement
  • Carbon pricing systems are in place in Canada
  • GHG emissions from ECCC operations

Indigenous Peoples are engaged in clean growth and climate change

  • Co-development of indicators with Indigenous Peoples to ensure they are engaged in the implementation of the PCF, through three distinct senior-level joint tables with First Nations, Inuit, and the Métis Nation.

Canada contributes to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing climate resilience globally

  • Canada’s public sector investments leverage private sector climate finance
  • GHG reductions resulting from international initiatives funded by Canada
  • Number of people in developing countries who benefitted from Canada’s adaptation funds

Canadian communities, economies, and ecosystems are more resilient

  • Number of individuals, businesses, and governments accessing climate services and using that information to inform decision making

Preventing and Managing Pollution

Canadians have clean air

  • Percentage of Canadians living in areas where air quality standards are achieved

Canadians have clean water

  • Percentage of wastewater systems where effluent quality standards are achieved

The Canadian environment is protected from harmful substances

  • Number of substances assessed, identified as toxic, and for which control measures were put in place

Conserving Nature

Canada’s wildlife and habitat are conserved and protected

  • Percentage of migratory bird species that are within target population ranges
  • Percentage of Canadian areas conserved as protected areas and other effective areas-based conservation measures

Canada’s species at risk are recovered

  • Percentage of species at risk for which changes in populations are consistent with recovery objective

Indigenous Peoples are engaged in conservation

  • Percentage of Indigenous Peoples engaged with ECCC who indicate that the engagement was meaningful

Predicting Weather and Environmental Conditions

Canadians use authoritative weather and related information to make decisions about their health and safety

  • Index of the timeliness and accuracy of severe weather warnings on a scale of 0 to 10
  • Percentage of Canadians that use ECCC information to address water-related impacts on health, safety, economy and environment

Program Inventory

Provides an overview of how the Department’s Programs are organized to achieve the Departmental Results

Take action on clean growth and climate change

  • Clean Growth and Climate Change Mitigation
  • International Climate Change Action
  • Climate Change Adaptation

Preventing and Managing Pollution

  • Air Quality
  • Water Quality and Ecosystems Partnerships
  • Community Eco-Action
  • Substances and Waste Management
  • Compliance Promotion and Enforcement - Pollution

Conserving Nature

  • Species at Risk
  • Biodiversity Policy and Partnerships
  • Migratory Birds and other Wildlife
  • Environmental Assessment
  • Habitat Conservation and Protection
  • Compliance Promotion and Enforcement - Wildlife

Predicting Weather and Environmental Conditions

  • Weather and Environmental Observations, Forecasts and Warnings
  • Hydrological Services

Supporting Information on the Program Inventory

Supporting information on planned expenditures, human resources and results related to Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Program Inventory is available in the GC InfoBase.

Supplementary Information Tables

The following supplementary information tables are available on Environment and Climate Change Canada’s transparency page.

  • Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy
  • Details on transfer payment programs of $5 million or more;
  • Disclosure of transfer payment programs under $5 million;
  • Gender-based analysis plus
  • Horizontal Initiatives;
  • Status Report on transformational and major Crown projects
  • Up-front multi-year funding.

Federal tax expenditures

The tax system can be used to achieve public policy objectives through the application of special measures such as low tax rates, exemptions, deductions, deferrals and credits. The Department of Finance Canada publishes cost estimates and projections for these measures each year in the Report on Federal Tax Expenditures. This report also provides detailed background information on tax expenditures, including descriptions, objectives, historical information and references to related federal spending programs. The tax measures presented in this report are the responsibility of the Minister of Finance.

Organizational contact information

Environment and Climate Change Canada
Inquiry Centre
Tel.: 1-800-668-6767 (in Canada only) or 819-938-3860

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