Supplementary Data on Budget 2012
Implementation by Program Activities*

(In thousands)

Program Activity2012-20132013-20142014-2015
1.1 Biodiversity - Wildlife and Habitat
1.2 Water Resources
1.3 Sustainable Ecosystems
1.4 Compliance Promotion and Enforcement - Wildlife
2.1 Weather and Environmental Services for Canadians
2.2 Weather and Environmental Services for Targeted Users
3.1 Substances and Waste Management
3.2 Climate Change and Clean Air
3.3 Compliance Promotion and Enforcement - Pollution
4.1 Internal Services
1,473
1,792
613
183
2,373
56
760
2,521
165
3,352
2,945
4,784
1,445
367
3,552
112
2,913
6,086
2,330
6,956
4,912
6,451
5,887
794
3,685
112
5,954
8,691
4,330
12,989
Grand Total13,28831,49053,805

(*) Some reduction initiatives are applied across all Program Activities. For example, domestic travel between major cities will be reduced and replaced, when possible, using communications technology such as videoconferencing, telepresence, webinars, etc. International travel costs will also be reduced while ensuring that a physical presence continues at international meetings where the agenda is relevant to the mandate and current priorities of EC. The Department will also realize savings by reducing the use of external professional services for such activities as information technology services, laboratory services, and translation. Please see attached notes for additional descriptions by individual program activity.

Notes on Budget 2012 Implementation by Program Activities

1.1 Biodiversity - Wildlife and Habitat

Administration and operational efficiencies. Reduction/Elimination of activities not contributing to core mandate.

For example, when Biosphere Reserves were originally created, the idea was to give them a financial start which would eventually lead to self sufficiency. A number of individual Biosphere Reserves have made important progress on fundraising and capacity-building, making them less dependent on federal funding.

1.2 Water Resources

Administration and operational efficiencies. Reduction/Elimination of activities not contributing to core mandate.

For example, Environment Canada will reduce its involvement in promoting and compiling information about water use. Provinces and municipalities are responsible for water treatment and use and are, therefore, in a better position to collect info on use, promote conservation and support research on water treatment. In addition, savings will be realized by finding efficiencies in environmental monitoring by enhanced Environment Canada and Parks Canada Agency partnering.

1.3 Sustainable Ecosystems

Administration and operational efficiencies. Reduction/Elimination of activities not contributing to core mandate.

For example, the department will no longer undertake advertising and environmental education and engagement programs that are already being delivered by other agencies. As well the more effective and efficient use of physical assets will allow the department to focus on key operations that contribute directly to our core mandate. The department is reviewing different uses of existing facilities to best utilize our resources. This also includes efficiencies in internal administrative overhead as well as costs in administering contribution programs.

1.4 Compliance Promotion and Enforcement - Wildlife

Administration and operational efficiencies.

For example, savings will be realized through the collaboration of field enforcement between Environment Canada and Parks Canada. Enforcement officers from Environment Canada and Parks will receive training to assist Environment Canada enforcement officers at remote locations near national parks.

2.1 Weather and Environmental Services for Canadians

Administration and operational efficiencies.

For example, savings will be realized by finding efficiencies in environmental monitoring, by enhanced Environment Canada and Parks Canada Agency partnering. Operational efficiencies include reduced travel costs, warehousing, sampling, co-location and related data management approaches to make best use of resource capacity.

2.2 Weather and Environment Services for Targeted Users

Administration and operational efficiencies.

For example, the department will realize savings notably through reductions in the use of external professional services such as IT services and domestic travel through an increase use of communications technology such as videoconferencing, telepresence, webinars, etc.

3.1 Substance and Waste Management

Administration and operational efficiencies.

For example, savings will be realized by focusing efforts in areas related to the department's mandate for waste management. The responsibility for waste management is shared among the federal, provincial, territorial and municipal governments.

3.2 Climate Change and Clean Air

Administration and operational efficiencies. Reduction/Elimination of duplicate reporting and reduction/elimination of activities not contributing to core mandate.

For example, the department will realize savings by consolidating reporting on clean air and climate change under the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (FSDS) to eliminate duplicative reporting under the Clean Air Agenda (CAA).

3.3 Compliance Promotion and Enforcement - Pollution

Administration and operational efficiencies.

For example, the department will achieve savings by centralizing its delivery of compliance promotion for complex regulations involving a large number of companies whose activities may pose a high risk to the environment. It would also make better use of new technologies such as webinars and modern push technologies to reach regulatees.

4.1 Internal Services

Administration and operational efficiencies.

For example, the consolidation of the vehicle fleet, along with streamlining financial administration, adopting a more central approach to software licence management, and consolidation of staff into fewer facilities, will help us to focus resources where they matter most.

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