Horizontal initiatives: 2019–2020 Departmental Results Report - Impact Assessment Agency of Canada

General information

Name of horizontal initiative

Impact Assessment and Regulatory Processes

Lead department

Impact Assessment Agency of Canada

Federal partner departments

  • Canada Energy Regulator
  • Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada
  • Indigenous Services Canada
  • Environment and Climate Change Canada
  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Health Canada
  • Natural Resources Canada
  • Transport Canada

Start date of the horizontal initiative

August 28, 2019

End date of the horizontal initiative

2022‑23

Description of the horizontal initiative

The objective of the horizontal initiative is for impact assessments and regulatory processes in Canada to reflect a commitment to social, economic and environmental sustainability and respect our partnership with Indigenous peoples.

The horizontal initiative delivers more than 50 activities across the following six themes:

  1. Impact Assessment: includes an early planning phase to increase early engagement in project design, and consideration of a broader range of effects, including both positive and negative impacts on the environment and social, economic and health conditions.
  2. Partnering with Indigenous Peoples: providing meaningful opportunities for partnership with Indigenous peoples in support of the Government’s commitment to reconciliation and to move beyond meeting the legal duty to consult.
  3. Cumulative Effects, Open Science, and Evidence: developing a better understanding of the cumulative effects of resource development through regional and strategic initiatives, and sharing science products and evidence (data and Indigenous knowledge, as appropriate) with Canadians through an Open Science and Data Platform. Specifically related to Indigenous peoples, activities of this theme include:
    • Implementing a Centre of Expertise on Environmental Assessment and Cumulative Effects that will support the “weaving together” of Indigenous knowledge and Western scientific knowledge;
    • Developing approaches to make Indigenous knowledge available on the Open Science and Data Platform;
    • Co-developing community-based monitoring programs, largely targeted toward Indigenous communities, that will likely incorporate Indigenous knowledge to inform monitoring; and
    • Working with Indigenous communities on sharing information related to biodiversity data.
  4. Protection of Fish and Fish Habitat in Canada: restoring lost protections and incorporating modern safeguards to protect fish and fish habitat Canada.
  5. Protection of the Public Right to Navigation: protecting the public right to navigation on all navigable waters, while enabling reconciliation and new partnerships with Indigenous peoples and introducing modern safeguards to create greater transparency.
  6. Regulation of Energy: helping restore investor confidence, building public trust and advancing Indigenous reconciliation, while ensuring good projects go ahead and Canada’s energy resources get to markets responsibly.

Governance structures

This horizontal initiative is led by the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada (IAAC) and supported by the aforementioned partner organizations.

A Horizontal Initiative Oversight Committee (the Committee) is responsible for ensuring:

  • the initiative is appropriately supported by timely, quality performance information;
  • robust tracking and reporting for all funds of the initiative is performed in a coordinated manner that supports public and parliamentary reporting requirements;
  • reporting is timely and accurate;
  • issues are raised in a timely manner; and
  • conflicts are resolved.

The Committee will provide the oversight and direction of the Horizontal Initiative Framework, which will support delivery of the new system.

The Deputy Head Oversight Committee (the Oversight Committee) is comprised of all partner organizations, with IAAC as the lead. Meetings will occur at least semi-annually, with more frequent meetings as required.

Total federal funding allocated (from start to end date) (dollars)

$1,016,524,439

Total federal planned spending to date (dollars)

$201,438,026

Total federal actual spending to date (dollars)

$159,721,545

Date of last renewal of the horizontal initiative

Not applicable

Total federal funding allocated at the last renewal, and source of funding (dollars)

Not applicable

Additional federal funding received after the last renewal (dollars)

Not applicable

Total planned spending since the last renewal

Not applicable

Total actual spending since the last renewal

Not applicable

Fiscal year of planned completion of next evaluation

2022‑23

Performance Highlights

The Impact Assessment Act (IAA) came into force on August 28, 2019. The nine federal departments and agencies have been implementing the new impact assessment and regulatory processes since that time.

As presented below, some departments and agencies have identified the following performance highlights:

Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada

  • In support of environmental decision-making, the Northern Participant Funding Program supported 25 Indigenous and northern groups to participate in six (6) environmental assessments in Yukon, Nunavut, and the Northwest Territories. The program also supported two Indigenous women’s organizations to build their capacity to provide input into environmental assessments from an Indigenous Gender-Based Analysis Plus lens.

Health Canada

  • Health Canada contributed scientific expertise to all of the project assessments initiated under the new IAA, and this expertise is reflected in all finalized assessment documents.
  • Health Canada expertise includes guidance documents developed to support the scientific analysis of project-related health risks; national standards and guidelines for contaminants in air and water developed by HC scientists; and customized scientific input by Health Canada subject matter experts, addressing issues and risks specific to a project.
  • The scope of Health Canada expertise that influenced project assessments under the IAA in 2019‑20 includes: contamination of country foods; health risks related to noise impacts, water quality and air quality; as well as human health risk assessment methodology and health impact assessment methodology.
  • Health Canada also coordinated the input from the Public Health Agency of Canada regarding the social determinants of health, which was also incorporated into the final assessment documents.
    • For example, Health Canada expertise (which supported Indigenous concerns related to impacts to traditional fisheries) was reflected in the report prepared for the first regional study initiated under the IAA.
  • Health Canada also supported the timely progress of assessments by providing all expertise by or in advance of established deadlines.

Contact information

Mary Kay Lamarche
A/Director, Planning, Results and Executive Services
160 Elgin Street, 22nd Floor
Ottawa ON K1A 0H3
343-998-4920
marykay.lamarche@canada.ca

Shared outcomes: Impact assessment and regulatory processes in Canada reflect a commitment to social, economic and environmental sustainability and respect our partnership with Indigenous peoples

Name of theme

Impact Assessment

Partnering with Indigenous Peoples

Cumulative Effects, Open Science, and Evidence

Protection of Fish and Fish Habitat in Canada

Protection of the Public Right to Navigation

Regulation of Energy

Internal Services

Theme outcome(s)

  1. Timely and predictable impact assessment processes
  2. Impact assessment decisions are based on science and evidence and consider environmental, economic and social impacts

Opportunities for meaningful participation of Indigenous peoples in impact assessment and regulatory processes

  1. The understanding of the cumulative effects of development is improved
  2. The understanding of cumulative effects informs environmental management, including impact assessments

Responsive and integrated regulatory, planning, partnership and monitoring activities support the sustainability of fish and fish habitat in Canada

A system that protects the public right to navigation on all navigable waters, enables reconciliation and new partnerships with Indigenous peoples, and includes modern safeguards to create greater transparency

  1. Regulatory framework is robust, current and regulatory requirements and expectations are clear and publicly available
  2. Indigenous Peoples and stakeholders provide feedback that engagement with the Canada Energy Regulator is meaningful
  3. Harm to people or the environment, throughout the lifecycle of energy-related activities, is prevented

Not applicable

Impact Assessment Agency of Canada

$108,344,451

$81,595,595

$32,850,267

Not Applicable

Not Applicable

Not Applicable

$35,785,094

Canada Energy Regulator

Not applicable

$15,301,006

$6,850,000

Not applicable

Not applicable

$28,398,101

$4,940,045

Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada

Not applicable

$12,449,181

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

$859,920

Environment and Climate Change Canada

$15,622,538

Not applicable

$77,356,815

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

$7,050,642

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Not applicable

Not applicable

$62,738,222

$263,569,574

Not applicable

Not applicable

$24,941,254

Health Canada

$29,168,322

Not applicable

$1,807,664

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

$2,742,081

Indigenous Services Canada

$795,540

$3,309,248

$15,331,658

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

$903,926

Natural Resources Canada

$7,948,382

Not applicable

$63,294,750

Not applicable

Not applicable

$7,926,152

$6,966,152

Transport Canada

$10,451,406

$4,921,605

$2,476,316

Not applicable

$58,909,290

Not applicable

$20,919,239

Performance information

Horizontal initiative overview

Name of horizontal initiative

Total federal funding allocated since last renewal

2019‑20 planned spending
(dollars)

2019‑20 Actual spending

Horizontal initiative shared outcome(s)

2019‑20 Performance indicator(s)

2019‑20 Target(s)

Date to achieve target

2019‑20 Actual results

Impact Assessment and Regulatory Processes

$1,016,524,439

$201,438,026

$159,721,545

Impact assessment and regulatory processes in Canada reflect a commitment to social, economic and environmental sustainability and respect our partnership with Indigenous peoples

Percentage of impact assessments completed within the timeline established at the end of the planning phase

90%

March 2022

Not applicable

Percentage of proponent impact statement reports submitted in accordance with the impact statement guidance

70%

March 2021

Not applicable

Number of partnership agreements each year (formal agreements, other agreements) across implicated departments/agencies

Target to be determined once a baseline is established in 2020-21

March 2022

Not applicable

Percentage of Impact Assessment Reports provided to decision-makers that are evidence-based (economic, environmental, social, health, science, Indigenous knowledge, GBA+, cumulative effects, as appropriate)

100%

March 2020

Not availableFootnote 1

Percentage of users who indicate they accessed the open science and data platform to: facilitate participation in IA and/or regulatory processes; understand and/or better manage cumulative effects; consider Indigenous Knowledge open information; other

Target to be determined once Open Science and Data platform is launched

To be determined once target is established in 2020‑21

On track

In the medium and long term, track the degree to which the assessment of impacts are accurate and mitigation measures are effective

80%

March 2022

Not applicable

100% compliance with conditions attached to facility authorizations

March 2022

96%

100% of development projects occurring in or near water effectively mitigate (or offset) impacts to fish or fish habitat, by March 31, 2020

March 2020

Information not yet provided by DFO

Percentage of participants in selected impact assessment and regulatory process engagement/ consultation activities (including but not limited to: open houses, comment periods, review panel hearings, etc.) that indicate that they had the opportunity to provide input

New Indicator: Target to be determined once a baseline is established in 2020‑21

March 2022

Not applicable

Theme 1 details

Name of theme

Total federal theme funding allocated since last renewal

2019‑20 federal theme planned spending

2019‑20 Federal theme actual spending

Theme outcome(s)

Theme performance indicator(s)

Theme target(s)

Date to achieve theme target

2019‑20 Actual results

Impact Assessment

$172,330,639

$30,500,242

$25,659,779

Timely and predictable impact assessment processes

Percentage of impact assessments that adhere to legislated time limits (e.g. Integrated assessments – 300 days, naming of panel – 45 days, Early Planning – 180 days, etc.)

100%

March 2022

100%

Impact assessment decisions are based on science and evidence and consider environmental, economic and social impacts

Percentage of impact assessment decisions that are based on science and evidence and consider environmental, economic and social impacts

100%

March 2021

Not applicable

Theme 1 horizontal initiative activities

Departments

Link to department’s Program Inventory

Horizontal initiative activity (activities)

Total federal funding allocated to each horizontal initiative activity since last renewal

2019‑20 planned spending for each horizontal initiative activity

2019‑20 Actual spending for each horizontal initiative activity

2019‑20 horizontal initiative activity expected result(s)

2019‑20 horizontal initiative activity performance indicator(s)

2019‑20 horizontal initiative activity target(s)

Date to achieve horizontal initiative activity target

2019‑20 Actual results

Impact Assessment Agency of Canada

Assessment Delivery

Compliance and Enforcement

$3,508,417

$422,538

$361,931Footnote 2

[ER 1.1] Impact Assessment Decision Statements are complied with

[PI 1.1] Percentage of projects that are in compliance with decision statement conditions

[T 1.1] 90%

March 2022

Not applicable

Early Planning

$14,984,539

$2,401,204

$2,220,033

[ER 2.1] Clear and predictable assessment process guidance that provides certainty to proponents, other jurisdictions, Indigenous peoples and the public, and opportunity for stakeholders to influence project designs

[PI 2.1.1] Percentage of project descriptions that result in a change in project design based on input from stakeholders, and type of change made (e.g., major, minor)

[T 2.1.1] At least 50%

March 2022

25%

[PI 2.1.2] Percentage of Tailored Impact Statements that reflect issues of importance identified in the Planning Phase

[T 2.1.2] 100%

March 2022

100%

Registry, Public Participation and Transparency

$36,712,354

$7,591,541

$4,710,559Footnote 3

[ER 3.1] Canadians have access to information and records on impact assessments and have opportunities to provide input and to meaningfully participate

[PI 3.1] Percentage of assessments where input from the public has been documented in impact assessment reports and considered in decisions

[T 3.1] Target to be confirmed in 2020‑21

March 2022

Not applicable

Assessment Delivery

Impact Assessment Policy Development

Impact Assessment, Monitoring and Follow-up (includes science and evidence work stream)

$53,139,141

$9,134,635

$8,925,724

[ER 4.1] Science, evidence and fact-based impact assessments and timely decisions that promote positive effects and minimize adverse effects through mitigation measures

[PI 4.1] Percentage of projects in which mitigation measures in decision statements have proven to be effective

[T 4.1] 90%

March 2022

Not applicable

Environment and Climate Change Canada

Environmental Assessment (indicator owner)

Species at Risk

Water Quality and Ecosystems Partnerships

Hydrological Services

Scientific Expertise and Advice

$15,622,538

$1,872,952

$1,756,903

[ER 17.1] Reduced environmental impact from projects subject to impact assessment

[PI 17.1] Percentage of impact assessments for which ECCC advice influenced changes to the project design or operations to mitigate potential for adverse environmental impacts

[T 17.1] Target to be determined once baseline is established in 2020‑21

March every two years once baseline is established in 2020‑21

Not applicable

[ER 18.1] Timely ECCC expert advice is provided to Early Planning and/or Impact Assessments

[PI 18.1] Percentage of requests for ECCC expertise and advice that are responded to within established timelines

[T 18.1] 100%

March 2021

97%

Health Canada

Health Impacts of Chemicals

Food and Nutrition

Expertise on potential health impacts

$29,168,322

$5,966,977

$5,589,353

[ER 28.1] Expert advice influenced Early Planning, Impact Assessment and/or Follow-up and Monitoring

[PI 28.1.1] Percentage of Early Planning, Impact Assessment and/or Follow-up and Monitoring influenced by Health Canada expertise

[T 28.1.1] 90%

March 2021

100%

[ER 28.2] Timely HC expert advice is provided to Early Planning and/or Impact Assessments

[PI 28.2.1] Percentage of requests for HC expertise and advice that are responded to within established timelines

[T 28.2.1] 100%

March 2021

100%

Indigenous Services Canada

Environmental Public Health

Subject matter expertise to review/comment on impact of environmental contaminates/changes on things such as country foods and First Nations diets

$795,540

$154,108

$148,277

[ER 30.1] First Nations and the federal government have capacity to engage in the investigation of environmental hazards

[PI 30.1.1] Percentage of requests for input into impact assessments that have been met

[T 30.1.1] 90%

March 2021

95%

[ER 30.2] Timely ISC expert advice is provided to Early Planning and/or Impact Assessments

[PI 30.2.1] Percentage of requests for ISC expertise and advice that are responded to within established timelines

[T 30.2.1] 100%

March 2021

100%

Natural Resources Canada

Cumulative Effects

Science and technology expertise and advice - Forest ecosystems

$557,636

$139,409

$35,020Footnote 4

[ER 32.1] Timely NRCan expert advice is provided to Early Planning and/or Impact Assessments

[PI 32.1] Percentage of NRCan requests for expertise and advice that are responded to within established timelines

[T 32.1] 100%

March 2020

100%

Geoscience for sustainable development of natural resources

Science and technology expertise and advice - Geoscience (geology, geochemistry, hydrogeology)

$3,628,533

$727,602

$396,858Footnote 5

Provision of federal leadership in the minerals and metals sector

Energy Safety and Security, and Petroleum Resources

Economic expertise and advice - energy and mineral resource markets and development

$3,762,213

$680,266

$712,315

Transport Canada

Aviation Safety Oversight

Marine Safety Oversight

Rail Safety Oversight

Transportation of Dangerous Goods Oversight

Environmental Stewardship of Transportation

Departmental Engagement in Project Reviews with components related to Transport Canada’s Mandate.

$10,451,406

$1,409,010

$802,806Footnote 6

[ER 39.1] Transport Canada advice informs the impact assessment of a project

[PI 39.1.1] Percentage of impact assessments where Transport Canada is involved, in which Transport Canada advice is evident in impact assessment documentation, including early planning documents or Impact Assessment reports

[T 39.1.1] 100%

March 2021

100%

[ER 39.2] Timely TC expert advice is provided to Early Planning and/or Impact Assessments

[PI 39.2.1] Percentage of requests for TC expertise and advice that are responded to within established timelines

[T 39.2.1] 100%

March 2021

100%

Theme 2 details

Name of theme

Total federal theme funding allocated since last renewal

2019‑20 Federal theme planned spending

2019‑20 Federal theme actual spending

Theme outcome(s)

Theme performance indicator(s)

Theme target(s)

Date to achieve theme target

2019‑20 Actual results

Partnering with Indigenous Peoples

$117,576,635

$18,125,826

$14,867,095

Opportunities for meaningful participation of Indigenous peoples in impact assessment and regulatory processes

Percentage of impact assessments and regulatory processes that engage indigenous groups as per engagement plan

100%

March 2021

Not applicable

Percentage of project impact assessment decisions that articulate how the indigenous perspectives were addressed

100%

March 2021

Not applicable

Theme 2 horizontal initiative activities

Departments

Link to department’s Program Inventory

Horizontal initiative activity (activities)

Total federal funding allocated to each horizontal initiative activity since last renewal

2019‑20 planned spending for each horizontal initiative activity

2019‑20 Actual spending for each horizontal initiative activity

2019‑20 horizontal initiative activity expected result(s)

2019‑20 horizontal initiative activity performance indicator(s)

2019‑20 horizontal initiative activity target(s)

Date to achieve horizontal initiative activity target

2019‑20 Actual results

Impact Assessment Agency of Canada

Assessment Delivery

Indigenous Consultation

$44,210,609

$5,344,640

$2,680,221Footnote 7

[ER 5.1] Increased opportunities for partnerships in impact assessments and policy development

[PI 5.1.1] Participation rates by type of opportunity for Indigenous governing bodies to participate in Impact Assessments

[T 5.1.1] Target to be established once baseline established in 2020‑21

March 2022

Not applicable

[PI 5.1.2] Number/percentage of Indigenous groups participating in Impact Assessments that are satisfied with procedural aspects of consultation

[T 5.1.2] Target to be established once baseline established in 2020‑21

March 2022

Not applicable

Assessment Delivery

Indigenous Capacity

$17,340,658

$1,381,398

$2,058,959Footnote 8

[PI 5.1.3] Number/percentage and type of opportunities for Indigenous communities to influence the development of policies [compared to baseline of 2016]

[T 5.1.3] Increase in opportunities to input to policy development, compared to 2016

March 2021

26 funding agreements nationally to help provide capacity, which surpasses the baseline indicator of 2016 for 5/year per type of opportunity

[PI 5.1.4] Number and type of established relationships (i.e., MOUs, Policy Dialogue funding) [compared to baseline of 2016]

[T 5.1.4] Increase in established relationships for policy work compared to 2016

March 2022

7 Advisory Committee meetings (Indigenous Advisory Committee, Technical Advisory Committee), which surpasses the baseline indicator of 2016 for 6 meetings/year

26 funding agreements for capacity

5 signed agreements - Policy Dialogue Program Stream 1 – Policy Collaboration with Indigenous Organizations

Impact Assessment Policy Development

Indigenous Policy Engagement

$20,044,328

$4,991,144

$3,856,856Footnote 9

[ER 5.2] Indigenous interests are considered in IA decisions

[PI 5.2] Percentage of impact assessments in which Indigenous knowledge or input provided by Indigenous peoples are considered

[T 5.2] 100%

March 2021

Not applicable

Canada Energy Regulator

Indigenous Engagement

Enhanced Indigenous Lifecycle Engagement

$15,301,006

$2,690,696

$3,150,161Footnote 10

[ER 7.1] Input provided by Indigenous Peoples and stakeholders influences our decisions and our work

[PI 7.1] Evidence that input from Indigenous Peoples and stakeholders influences our decisions and our work

[T 7.1] Target to be determined once baseline is established in 2019‑20

March 2021

Not applicable

Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada

Northern and Arctic Environmental Sustainability

Northern Participant Funding Program

$10,014,066

$2,349,405

$2,252,008

[ER 16.1] Indigenous partners and northern stakeholders are engaged in the assessment process and their perspective is included in decision making

[PI 16.1.1] Percentage of affected groups/individuals engaged in assessment process

[T 16.1.1] 100%

March 2020

100%

[PI 16.1.2] Percentage of assessment processes with continuous engagement of affected groups

[T 16.1.2] Set after first year, year over year increase

March 2020

100%

[PI 16.1.3] Percentage of determinations in which perspectives of recipients of the Northern Participant Funding Program are considered by co-management boards

[T 16.1.3] 100%

March 2020

100%

Consultation and Accommodation

Advice and expertise on Indigenous consultation and accommodation

$678,663

$0

$0

[ER 5.1] Increased opportunities for partnerships in impact assessments and policy development

See [PI 5.1.1] to [PI 5.1.4]

See [T 5.1.1] to [T 5.1.4]

See Impact Assessment Agency of Canada

See Impact Assessment Agency of Canada

Expertise and advice on on-reserve land management and environment issues and processes

$391,710

$0

$0

Northern and Arctic Environmental Sustainability

Northern Strategic and Science Policy

Indigenous and Northern-focused scientific and technical advice and expertise to support assessments

$1,364,742

$396,500

$396,500

Indigenous Services Canada

Environmental Public Health

Funding source to support First Nations communities in the development of and the undertaking of their own baseline studies and to support capacity building in advance of an assessment

$1,250,000

$250,000

$250,000

[ER 30.1] First Nations and the federal government have capacity to engage in the investigation of environmental hazards

[PI 30.1.2] Number of community based baseline studies conducted to support impact assessments

[T 30.1.2] 6

March 2023

1

Land, Natural Resources and Environmental Management

Regional expertise and support to Crown Consultation lead and Indigenous groups

$2,059,248

$0

$0

[ER 5.1] Increased opportunities for partnerships in impact assessments and policy development

See [PI 5.1.1] to [PI 5.1.4]

See [T 5.1.1] to [T 5.1.4]

See Impact Assessment Agency of Canada

See Impact Assessment Agency of Canada

Transport Canada

Indigenous Partnerships and Engagement

Indigenous Consultation within the Impact Assessment System

$4,921,605

$722,043

$222,389Footnote 11

[ER 40.1] Specialist or expert information or knowledge supports and informs consultations across all phases of an impact assessment

[PI 40.1] Percentage of impact assessments in which Transport Canada supports Indigenous consultations where Transport Canada has identified a need to participate in the impact assessment

[T 40.1] 100%

March 2021

100%

Theme 3 details

Name of theme

Total federal theme funding allocated since last renewal

2019‑20 federal theme planned spending

2019‑20 Federal theme actual spending

Theme outcome(s)

Theme performance indicator(s)

Theme target(s)

Date to achieve theme target

2019‑20 Actual results

Cumulative Effects, Open Science, and Evidence

$262,705,692

$55,376,419

$44,187,351

The understanding of the cumulative effects of development is improved.

Number of times products are accessed from the Open Science and Data Platform

  • Products could include datasets, science products and Indigenous knowledge open information

Target to be determined once a baseline is established in 2020‑21 (one year following the Open Science and Data Platform (OSDP) launch), and revised annually

TBD once target is established in 2020‑21

On track

The understanding of cumulative effects informs environmental management, including impact assessments.

Percentage of impact assessments informed by regional assessments or marine spatial plans – in regions where such assessments or plans have been conducted

Target to be determined once baseline is established in 2019‑20

March 2021

Not applicable

Theme 3 horizontal initiative activities

Departments

Link to department’s Program Inventory

Horizontal initiative activity (activities)

Total federal funding allocated to each horizontal initiative activity since last renewal

2019‑20 planned spending for each horizontal initiative activity

2019‑20 Actual spending for each horizontal initiative activity

2019‑20 horizontal initiative activity expected result(s)

2019‑20 horizontal initiative activity performance indicator(s)

2019‑20 horizontal initiative activity target(s)

Date to achieve horizontal initiative activity target

2019‑20 Actual results

Impact Assessment Agency of Canada

Assessment Delivery

Regional and strategic assessment delivery

$32,850,267

$5,935,860

$2,458,995Footnote 12

[ER 6.1] Information, science and evidence are generated to inform early planning and impact assessments resulting in mitigation measures that minimize adverse effects

[PI 6.1] Completion of regional assessments

[T 6.1] Three (3) regional assessments

March 2023

1

Canada Energy Regulator

Pipeline Information

Integrated Open Science and Data Platform

$6,850,000

$1,600,000

$615,337Footnote 13

[ER 8.1] Canadians access and use energy information for knowledge, research or decision making

[PI 8.1] Number of CER datasets and information products made available via the Open Science and Data Platform

[T 8.1] Target to be determined once a baseline is established in 2020‑21

March 2022

Not applicable

Environment and Climate Change Canada

Environmental Assessment Program

Migratory Birds and Other Wildlife program

Substances and Waste Management program

Open science and data

$19,062,403

$4,299,390

$3,435,739Footnote 14

[ER 19.1] ECCC information related to cumulative effects is publicly available

[PI 19.1] Number of ECCC datasets and scientific findings, which could potentially contribute to the understanding of cumulative environmental effects, made available via the Open Science and Data Platform

[T 19.1] Target to be determined once baseline is established in 2019‑20

Annually, once baseline is established in March 2020

3,328

Environmental Assessment program

Migratory Birds and Other Wildlife program

Regional assessments

$26,625,563

$4,328,729

$3,789,044Footnote 15

[ER 20.1] Regional assessments reflect ECCC expertise and advice

[PI 20.1] Percentage of ECCC expert input and advice incorporated into regional assessment reports

[T 20.1] Target to be determined once first regional assessment report is made public

March 2023

100%

Environmental Assessment

Migratory Birds and Other Wildlife

Strategic assessments

$27,880,149

$5,834,443

$5,273,261Footnote 16

[ER 21.1] Strategic assessments increase certainty to project proponents and decision makers by providing guidance on how the Government of Canada accounts for selected issues (such as climate change) during project-specific impact assessments

[PI 21.1] Percentage of initial project descriptions for which one or more strategic assessments provides relevant guidance to inform the IA process

[T 21.1] Target to be determined once baseline is established in 2020‑21

March 2022

Not applicable

Environmental Assessment

Cumulative Effects Coordination

$3,788,700

$888,155

$876,387

[ER 22.1] Impact assessment and cumulative effects-related processes are effective and efficient

[PI 22.1] Percentage of major milestones, as established in the cumulative effects work plan, to implement the Government of Canada’s cumulative effects approach that have been met

[T 22.1] Target to be determined once baseline is established in 2020‑21

March 2022

100%

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Oceans Management

Marine Spatial Planning in Four Marine Areas

$62,738,222

$13,644,682

$10,325,347Footnote 17

[ER 23.1] Ocean regulators and users use information relating to the conservation and management of the marine environment to make decisions

[PI 23.1] Number of conservation and/or management plans developed (Note: regulators and users are involved in the process of decisions and use information in development of plans)

[T 23.1] Four (4) Marine Spatial Plans

March 2024

On track to meet target

Health Canada

Health Impacts of Chemicals

Expertise on human health impacts

$1,807,664

$362,802

$289,549Footnote 18

[ER 29.1] Relevant health expertise is integrated into assessment of cumulative impacts of development

[PI 29.1] Percentage of assessments of cumulative impacts in which expertise provided by Health Canada influenced the assessment

[T 29.1] 90%

March 2021

100%

Indigenous Services Canada

Land, Natural Resources and Environmental Management

Indigenous Centre of Expertise for Cumulative Effects Management

$15,331,658

$2,026,151

$1,854,178Footnote 19

[ER 31.1] Lands and resources in Indigenous communities and the North are sustainably managed

[PI 31.1.1] Indigenous Centre for Cumulative Effects established as a standalone organization with governance mechanisms

[T 31.1.1.1] The Centre is operational

March 2021

Not applicable

[PI 31.1.2] Number of First Nations, Inuit and Metis communities who have accessed services and tools supporting their work on cumulative effects through the Centre’s website or at its conferences/workshops

[T 31.1.2.1] 200 First Nations, Inuit or Metis communities and/or organizations

March 2023

Not applicable

[PI 31.1.3] Percentage of First Nation communities satisfied with services received through the Centre

[T 31.1.3.1] 80% of First Nations, Inuit or Metis communities and/or organizations are satisfied with the Centre’s services

March 2023

Not applicable

Natural Resources Canada

Core Geospatial Data Program

Geoscience for Sustainable Development of Natural Resources

Open Science and Data Platform (OSDP)

$26,881,188

$7,475,388

$7,016,916

[ER 33.1] The understanding of the cumulative effects of development is enabled through publically available information

[PI 33.1] Number of datasets and science products made accessible via the OSDP

[T 33.1] 800 datasets and science projects

March 2023

On track to meet target

Innovative Geospatial Solutions

Sustainable Forest Management

Open Science and Data - NRCan contribution

$15,504,940

$3,534,345

$3,595,877

[ER 34.1] Current and future cumulative effects and project impact assessments have access to data describing the status and trends of critical ecosystem parameters

[PI 34.1] Number of baseline datasets made accessible via the OSDP

[T 34.1.1] Seven (7) regional datasets in year 3

March 2022

On track to meet target

[T 34.1.2] Seven (7) national datasets in year 5

March 2023

On track to meet target

Geoscience for Sustainable Development of Natural Resources Program

Cumulative Effects

Regional Assessments - NRCan contribution

$9,945,755

$2,053,978

$1,800,195Footnote 20

[ER 35.1] NRCan expertise and research contributes to regional assessments of cumulative effects

[PI 35.1] Number of regional assessments to which NRCan contributes

[T 35.1] Two (2) regional assessments.

March 2023

On track to meet target

Geoscience for Sustainable Development of Natural Resources

Marine Geoscience

$10,962,867

$2,827,074

$2,647,282

[ER 36.1] NRCan marine geoscience products inform Marine Spatial Planning

[PI 36.1] Number of marine geoscience expeditions and associated data releases that inform DFO-led Marine Spatial Planning

[T 36.1] Eight (8) marine expeditions and associated NRCan data releases

March 2023

On track to meet target

Transport Canada

Environmental Stewardship of Transportation

Transport Canada supports the Marine Spatial Planning initiative.

$2,476,316

$565,422

$209,244Footnote 21

[ER 41.1] TC knowledge is used by Ocean regulators and users relating to the conservation and management of the marine environment

[PI 41.1] Percentage of Marine Spatial Initiative plans developed that were informed by Transport Canada knowledge

[T 41.1] 100%

March 2024

Not applicable

Theme 4 details

Name of theme

Total federal theme funding allocated since last renewal

2019‑20 federal theme planned spending

2019‑20 Federal theme actual spending

Theme outcome(s)

Theme performance indicator(s)

Theme target(s)

Date to achieve theme target

2019‑20 Actual results

Protection of Fish and Fish Habitat

$263,569,574

$56,143,837

$38,802,953

Responsive and integrated regulatory, planning, partnership and monitoring activities support the sustainability of fish and fish habitat in Canada

Number of spatial or area-based reports on the state of fish and fish habitat in Canada

Three (3) Reports

March 2023

On track to meet target

Theme 4 horizontal initiative activities

Departments

Link to department’s Program Inventory

Horizontal initiative activity (activities)

Total federal funding allocated to each horizontal initiative activity since last renewal

2019‑20 planned spending for each horizontal initiative activity

2019‑20 Actual spending for each horizontal initiative activity

2019‑20 horizontal initiative activity expected result(s)

2019‑20 horizontal initiative activity performance indicator(s)

2019‑20 horizontal initiative activity target(s)

Date to achieve horizontal initiative activity target

2019‑20 Actual results

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries Protection

Fish and Fish Habitat Protection

$125,950,156

$24,508,965

$22,068,396Footnote 22

[ER 24.1] Negative impacts on Canada’s oceans and other aquatic ecosystems are minimized or avoided

[PI 24.1] Percentage of development projects occurring in or near water that effectively avoid, mitigate or offset impacts to fish and fish habitat

[T 24.1] 100%

March 2021

93%

Conservation and Protection

Compliance & Enforcement

$33,747,755

$8,095,062

$6,186,981Footnote 23

[ER 25.1] Coastal and freshwater fish and fish habitat are protected from unlawful exploitation and interference

[PI 25.1] Number of hours dedicated by fishery officers to coastal and freshwater fish and fish habitat protection compliance and enforcement activities

[T 25.1] 73,000 hours (dedicated by fishery officers to coastal and freshwater fish and fish habitat protection; compliance and enforcement activities are restored to historical baseline (73,000 hours in 2004))

March 2023

12,204

Aquatic Ecosystem Science

Science-based Analysis

$30,889,079

$7,267,889

$6,178,148

[ER 26.1] Scientific information on freshwater fish, fish habitat and effectiveness of relevant management measures is available to inform management decisions

[PI 26.1] Number of published Science Advisory Reports, CSAS Research Documents or Science Responses related to freshwater habitat or effectiveness of relevant management measures

[T 26.1] > four (4) per year

March 2021

four (4)

Fisheries Protection

Partnering with Indigenous People – Consultation, Engagement and Partnering (including Capacity Building)

$72,982,584

$16,271,921

$4,369,428Footnote 24

[ER 27.1] Impacts on Aboriginal and Treaty rights and Indigenous knowledge inform authorization/permits decisions

[PI 27.1.1] Percentage of decisions (authorizations/permits) made by DFO that consider impacts on Aboriginal and Treaty rights, including appropriate accommodation measures to mitigate those impacts

[T 27.1.1] 100%

March 2021

66%

[PI 27.1.2] Percentage of decisions (authorizations/ permits) made by DFO that consider Indigenous knowledge

[T 27.1.2] 100%

March 2021

9%

[ER 27.2] Participation of Indigenous groups/ communities in development of regulatory, policy, process or program initiatives relative to the management of fish and fish habitat

[PI 27.2.1] Number of Indigenous groups/communities providing input/feedback to initiatives

[T 27.2.1] > 100 per year

March 2021

Zero (0)

[ER 27.3] Participation of Indigenous groups/communities in the management of fish and fish habitat

[PI 27.3.1] Number of arrangements/plans to enhance fish and fish habitat technical capacity

[T 27.3.1] > 40 per year

March 2021

four (4)

[PI 27.3.2] Number of partnering arrangements with Indigenous groups in the management of fish and fish habitat (e.g. project reviews, monitoring)

[T 27.3.2] 10

March 2023

On track to meet target

Theme 5 details

Name of theme

Total federal theme funding allocated since last renewal

2019‑20 federal theme planned spending

2019‑20 Federal theme actual spending

Theme outcome(s)

Theme performance indicator(s)

Theme target(s)

Date to achieve theme target

2019‑20 Actual results

Protection of the Public Right to Navigation

$58,909,290

$12,745,156

$6,490,214

A system that protects the public right to navigation on all navigable waters, enables reconciliation and new partnerships with Indigenous peoples, and includes modern safeguards to create greater transparency

Percentage of non-compliances found through oversight activities that are resolved through corrective action or enforcement

100%

March 2023

100%

Percentage of decisions made under the Canadian Navigable Waters Act that have considered Indigenous input on projects

100% of projects that could have an adverse effect on the rights of Indigenous peoples

March 2020

100%

Percentage of applications where Transport Canada makes publicly available its reasons for not adding waterways to the Schedule

100%

March 2023

100%

Theme 5 horizontal initiative activities

Departments

Link to department’s Program Inventory

Horizontal initiative activity (activities)

Total federal funding allocated to each horizontal initiative activity since last renewal

2019‑20 planned spending for each horizontal initiative activity

2019‑20 Actual spending for each horizontal initiative activity

2019‑20 horizontal initiative activity expected result(s)

2019‑20 horizontal initiative activity performance indicator(s)

2019‑20 horizontal initiative activity target(s)

Date to achieve horizontal initiative activity target

2019‑20 Actual results

Transport Canada

Navigation Protection Program

Restoring Lost Protections

$11,097,762

$2,891,688

$4,419,565Footnote 25

[ER 42.1] The public right to navigation is protected on all navigable waters in Canada

[PI 42.1.1] Percentage change in the number of applications for approval of projects submitted to Transport Canada annually

[T 42.1.1] 50% increase relative to 2017‑18 baseline

March 2020

1,017 application for approvals of project submittedFootnote 26

[PI 42.1.2] Percentage of years in which navigable waters are added to the list of Scheduled waters

[T 42.1.2] 100% of years from 2019‑2023

March 2023

100%

Indigenous Partnerships and Engagement

Partnering with Indigenous People

$36,410,367

$6,346,116

$1,022,415Footnote 27

[ER 43.1] Transport Canada mandate is delivered in a manner consistent with emerging federal reconciliation principles and objectives

[PI 43.1.1] Number of co-management agreements signed

[T 43.1.1] Average of one (1) new agreement signed per year over a four year period

March 2023

See NotesFootnote 28

[PI 43.1.2] Percentage of eligible Indigenous applicants who receive participation funding

[T 43.1.2] 90%

March 2019

100%

Navigation Protection Program

Establishing Open, Accessible and Transparent Processes

$11,401,161

$3,507,352

$1,048,234Footnote 29

[ER 44.1] Canadians have a forum for allowing their navigation related concerns to be addressed

[PI 44.1.1] Percentage change in the number of projects posted to the public Registry

[T 44.1.1] 20% increase relative to baseline (to be established using data from 2019‑20)

March 2021

Not applicable

[PI 44.1.2] Percentage of navigation concerns submitted to Transport Canada that are reviewed

[T 44.1.2] 100%

March 2020

100%

Theme 6 details

Name of theme

Total federal theme funding allocated since last renewal

2019‑20 federal theme planned spending

2019‑20 Federal theme actual spending

Theme outcome(s)

Theme performance indicator(s)

Theme target(s)

Date to achieve theme target

2019‑20 Actual results

Regulation of Energy

$36,324,253

$9,350,563

$10,623,364

Regulatory framework is robust, current and regulatory requirements and expectations are clear and publicly available

Percentage of surveyed stakeholders that agree that regulatory requirements and expectations are clear

75%

March 2021

No applicable

Indigenous Peoples and stakeholders provide feedback that engagement with the Canada Energy Regulator is meaningful

Percentage of participants in engagement activities who indicate that the engagement was meaningful

75%

March 2021

92%

Harm to people or the environment, throughout the lifecycle of energy-related activities, is prevented

Number of incidents related to regulated infrastructure that harm the environment

0

March 2020

2

Percentage of unauthorized activities on regulated infrastructure that involve repeat violators

15%

March 2020

12%

Theme 6 horizontal initiative activities

Departments

Link to department’s Program Inventory

Horizontal initiative activity (activities)

Total federal funding allocated to each horizontal initiative activity since last renewal

2019‑20 planned spending for each horizontal initiative activity

2019‑20 Actual spending for each horizontal initiative activity

2019‑20 horizontal initiative activity expected result(s)

2019‑20 horizontal initiative activity performance indicator(s)

2019‑20 horizontal initiative activity target(s)

Date to achieve horizontal initiative activity target

2019‑20 Actual results

Canada Energy Regulator

Infrastructure, Tolls and Export Applications

Stakeholder Engagement

Alternative Dispute Resolution

$3,357,057

$706,749

$626,417Footnote 30

[ER 9.1] Complaints are resolved in a timely manner

[PI 9.1] Percentage complaints resolved within established service standards

[T 9.1] 100%

March 2020

100%

Stakeholder Engagement

Infrastructure, Tolls and Export Applications

Enhanced Stakeholder Engagement

$5,519,997

$1,185,574

$1,611,771Footnote 31

[ER 10.1] Engagement reflects the diversity of views of stakeholders across the country

[PI 10.1] Percentage of targeted stakeholders engaged as part of annual plans

[T 10.1] 100%

March 2021

Not applicable

Regulatory Framework

Implementation

$6,234,051

$2,227,080

$4,509,595Footnote 32

[ER 11.1] Changes that will be required for the Canadian Energy Regulator (CER) to function efficiently and comply with the CER Act are in place upon coming into force of C-69

[PI 11.1] Percentage of changes required implemented as planned

[T 11.1] 100%

March 2020

100%

Company Performance

Delegated Decision Making

$5,022,436

$1,057,355

$815,406Footnote 33

[ER 12.1] Regulated companies operate facilities in compliance with regulatory requirements and project specific conditions throughout the full lifecycle

[PI 12.1] Percentage of non-compliances and corrective actions implemented within timelines

[T 12.1] 90%

March 2020

93%

Regulatory Framework

Management System and Industry Performance

Offshore Renewable Energy - Internal Capacity

$1,458,643

$307,083

$234,571Footnote 34

[ER 13.1] Internal capacity acquired to support development of Offshore Renewable Energy regulatory framework and processes

[PI 13.1] Percentage of resources planned that are hired and trained to support the development of Offshore Renewable Energy regulatory framework and processes

[T 13.1] 100%

March 2020

100%

Participant Funding

Participant Funding Program

$5,534,189

$1,165,093

$342,051Footnote 35

[ER 14.1] Program delivery is timely and efficiently managed

[PI 14.1.1] Percentage of Participant Funding Program service standards met

[T 14.1.1] 80%

March 2020

100%

[PI 14.1.2] Percentage of applicants who are satisfied with the services provided by the CER in its administration of the Participant Funding Program

[T 14.1.2] 80%

March 2020

95%

Pipeline Information

Easily Accessible Information Online

$1,271,728

$267,732

$404,894Footnote 36

[ER 15.1] Pipeline maps, visualizations, social media, and other tools are used to make pipeline information accessible and interactive

[PI 15.1] Increased amount of CER energy pipeline data and information published each fiscal year conveyed through interactive tools

[T 15.1] Increase year over year

March 2020

Achieved

Natural Resources Canada

Energy Safety and Security, and Petroleum Resources

Legislative and policy development - National Energy Board Modernization

$3,290,141

$1,340,273

$1,082,285Footnote 37

[ER 37.1] Improved public and investor trust and the protection of the environment in the development of energy infrastructure in Canada

[PI 37.1.1] Timely policy and technical advice that shapes the development and implementation of the legislation (Bill C-69)

[T 37.1.1.1] 100% of technical and policy advice provided for decisions

March 2020

100%

[PI 37.1.2] Number of regulations completed under the CER Act

[T 37.1.2.1] Four (4) priority regulations are developed and implemented for Coming-into-Force

March 2020

1

[T 37.1.2.2] Up to ten (10) regulations developed after Coming-into-Force

March 2022

Developed and completed 4 regulations, On track to meet the target by 2022

[PI 37.1.3] Number of policy commitments implemented under the CER Act

[T 37.1.3.1] Three (3) priority policy commitments are developed and implemented for Coming-into-Force

March 2020

31

[T 37.1.3.2] As many as six (6) other policy commitments are developed after Coming-into-Force

March 2021

6

[PI 37.1.4] Number of senior positions, including the Chief Executive Officer, recruited and staffed for the new modern energy regulator

[T 37.1.4.1] As many as fifteen (15) Governor-in-Council appointments are made to fill senior positions

March 2020

13

[ER 37.2] Advance reconciliation with Indigenous peoples and engage stakeholder in the implementation of the CER Act

[PI 37.2.1] Number of Indigenous groups engaged and indicate that they had the opportunity to adequately share their views and perspectives

[T 37.2.1] > 35 per year

March 2021

73 - On track to meet the target.

[PI 37.2.2] Number of provinces and territories, energy industry groups, and civil society groups engaged

[T 37.2.2] > ten (10) per year

March 2021

36 - On track to meet the target.

Electricity Resources

Legislative and policy development – offshore renewables

$4,636,011

$1,093,624

$996,374

[ER 38.1] Provide the regulatory authorities for the CER to regulate the construction and operation of offshore renewable power lines and associated infrastructure

[PI 38.1.1] Number of regulations under CER Act for offshore renewable energy project development that provides regulatory certainty for industry

[T 38.1.1] CER has one (1) or more offshore renewable energy regulations for project development

March 2023

On track to meet target

[ER 38.2] Negotiate, and implement in legislation as appropriate, with willing provinces the joint management of offshore renewable energy projects

[PI 38.2.1] Number of federal legislation passed by Parliament to establish joint management regimes with provinces, where appropriate]

[T 38.2.1] One (1) or two (2) Joint-Management Acts passed

March 2023

On track to meet target

Total spending, all themes

Theme

Total federal funding allocated since the last renewal

2019‑20 Total federal planned spending

2019‑20 Total federal actual spending

Impact Assessment

$172,330,639

$30,500,242

$25,659,779

Partnering with Indigenous Peoples

$117,576,635

$18,125,826

$14,867,095

Cumulative Effects, Open Science, and Evidence

$262,705,692

$55,376,419

$44,187,351

Protection of Fish and Fish Habitat

$263,569,574

$56,143,837

$38,802,953

Protection of the Public Right to Navigation

$66,940,787

$12,745,156

$6,490,214

Regulation of Energy

$36,324,253

$9,350,563

$10,623,364

Total, all themes

$919,447,580

$201,438,026

$159,721,545

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