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Section 3: Supplementary Information

This section indicates how Agency program activities align with Government of Canada outcome areas. It also reports on Parks Canada’s progress against specific government initiatives and policies, as required by Treasury Board of Canada. Progress is reported for:

  1. Parliamentary Committees and External Audits;
  2. Internal Audits and Evaluations;
  3. Sustainable Development;
  4. Client Centred Service; and
  5. User Fees.

Alignment to Government of Canada Outcome Areas


Agency Strategic Outcome Link to Government of Canada Outcome Area
Protect and present nationally significant examples of Canada’s natural and cultural heritage, and foster public understanding, appreciation and enjoyment in ways that ensure the ecological integrity of these places for present and future generations. • Clean and healthy environment
• Vibrant Canadian culture and heritage
• Strong economic growth
• Safe and secure communities
Program Activity  
1. Establish Protected Heritage Areas
  • National parks and national marine conservation areas • Clean and healthy environment
  • National historic sites • Vibrant Canadian culture and heritage
2. Conserve Heritage Resources
  • Ecological integrity of national parks • Clean and healthy environment
  • Sustainability of national marine conservation areas • Clean and healthy environment/strong economic growth
  • Commemorative integrity of cultural resources • Vibrant Canadian culture and heritage
3. Promote Public Appreciation and Understanding • Vibrant Canadian culture and heritage
4. Enhance Visitor Experience • Vibrant Canadian culture and heritage
5. Townsite Management • Safe and secure communities
• Clean and healthy environment
6. Throughway Management  
  • Highways • Strong economic growth
  • Historic waterways • Vibrant Canadian culture and heritage

 


Program Activity 2006-2007
Planned Spending
2006-2007
Actual Spending
1. Establish Protected Heritage Areas 26,285 22,716
2. Conserve Heritage Resources 218,900 207,772
3. Promote Public Appreciation and Understanding 70,739 78,120
4. Enhance Visitor Experience 199,589 189,598
5. Townsite Management 12,853 13,503
6. Throughway Management 59,070 92,906

Parliamentary Committees and External Audits


Parliamentary Committees
There were no recommendations to Parks Canada from Parliamentary Committees in 2006-2007.
Auditor General
In February 2007, the Office of the Auditor General published a chapter entitled “The Conservation of Federal Built Heritage”. Recommendation 2.36 applies to Parks Canada.
External Audits
The Office of the Auditor General completed an external audit of the 2006-2007 financial statements of Parks Canada.

Internal Audits and Evaluations


A. Internal Audits
Name Audit Type Status Completion Date Electronic Link
Audit of Key Financial Processes at: Key financial and administrative processes Completed October 16, 2006 www.pc.gc.ca/docs/pc/rpts/rve-par/index_e.asp
Yukon Field Unit
Gwaii Haanas Field Unit Completed December 18, 2006
Southwestern Ontario Field Unit Completed March 26, 2007
Northern Ontario Field Unit Completed March 26, 2007
Eastern Ontario Field Unit Completed March 26, 2007
Central Ontario Field Unit Completed March 26, 2007
Ontario Service Centre - Cornwall Completed March 26, 2007
Saskatchewan South Completed March 26, 2007
Gaspsie Completed March 26, 2007
Northern New Brunswick Completed March 26, 2007
Mingan Completed March 26, 2007
Southwest NWT Completed March 26, 2007
Cape Breton Awaiting Approval    
Western Quebec Awaiting Approval    
Audit of Pay and Benefits Pay and benefit processes Awaiting Approval    
Follow-up Audit of Key Financial Processes at the Nunavut Field Unit Key financial and administrative processes Awaiting Approval    
Audit of Staffing Staffing processes In-progress    
B. Evaluations
Name Evaluation Type Status Completion Date Electronic Link
Formative Evaluation of Federal Species at Risk Programs Horizontal Initiative Completed July 18, 2006 www.pc.gc.ca/docs/pc/rpts/rve-par/index_e.asp
Formative Evaluation of the Commercial Heritage Properties Incentive Fund Contribution Program Completed January 29, 2007
Formative Evaluation of the Engaging Canadians Strategy External Communication
Strategy
Completed March 26, 2007
Evaluation of Capital Programs Asset Management In-progress    
Learning Strategy Evaluation Framework Learning and Training In-progress
EI Funds Evaluation Framework Science-based program In-progress
Electronic Link to Parks Canada’s Internal Audit and Evaluation Plan: www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/rma/dpr3/06-07/index_e.asp

Sustainable Development Strategy

The Parks Canada Agency is required to submit a Sustainable Development Strategy (SDS). The 2007-2009 Agency SDS is available on-line at www.pc.gc.ca under Library.

The Parks Canada Agency is in the business of sustainable development. Its mandate, “to protect and present…examples of natural and cultural heritage…for present and future generations” aligns perfectly with the government commitment to “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.”

The commitments in the 2007-2009 Agency SDS mirror those in 2006-2007 Report on Plans and Priorities and, the 2006/2007-2010/2011 Corporate Plan.

This Departmental Performance Report provides the performance information related to goals, objectives, targets and progress contained in the 2007-2009 SDS. That performance reporting will not be replicated in this section.

Client Centred Service

Supplementary information on Client Centred Service can be found at www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/rma/dpr3/06-07/index_e.asp.

2006-2007 User Fee Reporting Template 9-A: User Fees Act


A. User Fee Fee Type Fee-setting Authority Date Last Modified 2006-2007 Planning Years
Forecast Revenue ($000) Actual Revenue ($000)1 Estimated Full Cost ($000) Performance Standard Performance Result Fiscal Year Forecast Revenue ($000) Estimated Full Cost ($000)
Entry Fees Service Parks Canada Agency Act Increased in 2006 $43,900 $48,958 $174,468 85% of visitors are satisfied 100% of sampled locations exceed the standard 2007/08 $45,180 $161,232
2008/09 $50,300 $164,548
2009/10 $50,300 $164,032
Camping Fees Service Parks Canada Agency Act Increased in 2005 $17,611 $14,748 $23,326 85% of visitors are satisfied 100% of sampled locations exceed the standard 2007/08 $18,131 $24,615
2008/09 $20,211 $25,134
2009/10 $20,211 $25,603
Lockage and mooring fees Service Parks Canada Agency Act Lockage increased in 2006
Mooring increased in 2005
$2,648 $2,548 $24,305 85% of visitors are satisfied 100% of sampled locations exceed the standard 2007/08 $2,728 $25,648
2008/09 $3,048 $26,189
2009/10 $3,048 $26,678
Pools Service Parks Canada Agency Act Increased in 2003 $3,603 $3,847 $7,461 85% of visitors are satisfied For the 2006 cycle no locations with this service were surveyed. 2007/08 $3,603 $7,874
2008/09 $3,603 $8,040
2009/10 $3,603 $8,190
Real Property and Business Fees Rights and Privileges Parks Canada Agency Act Increased in 2003/04 where terms of leases and licenses expired and where rent review provisions exist. $16,457 $17,248 $13,010 Not applicable Not applicable 2007/08 $16,457 $13,479
2008/09 $16,457 $13,549
2009/10 $16,457 $13,662
Municipal Services Services Canada National Parks Act Water and sewer fees increased in 2001; remainder in 2003. Garbage fees increased in 1996 $2,676 $2,716 $13,9052 For water, the Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality (2002) is the current standard. For wastewater, PCA will meet Federal Guidelines (1976) for effluent quality and work towards setting and meeting PCA leadership standards that are based on the receiving waters of each community. Garbage collection frequencies will be as established in consultation with Community Councils and Business Community. Canadian Drinking Water Guidelines and Sewage Effluent Quality Guidelines were met 100% of the time in 6 out of 7 park communities. 2007/08 $2,676 $12,462
2008/09 $2,676 $12,577
2009/10 $2,676 $12,783
Other Revenues Other goods and services Parks Canada Agency Act Business licenses increased in 1994; Other fees increased in 2006 $12,871 $11,454 $24,538 85% of visitor are satisfied 100% of sampled locations exceed the standard 2007/08 $12,991 $25,894
2008/09 $13,471 $26,440
2009/10 $13,471 $26,934
Total       $99,766 $101,519 $281,014     2007/08 $101,766 $271,203
    2008/09 $109,766 $276,476
    2009/10 $109,766 $277,883
12006-07 actual revenues exclude $5977k in reported non-fee related Agency revenues (eg.accounting adjustments, sale of crown assets).
2includes water, sewer, garbage, snow removal, road maintenance and fire services.

B. Date Last Modified

Multi-year fees for entry, camping, lockage and mooring and other revenues (excluding business licenses) were approved in June 2005 for the years 2005-06 to 2008-09. New revenues are to be directed to maintain and improve associated services and facilities.

National Consultations were held prior to the User Fees Act in 2003-04. Parks Canada consulted locally with the public and stakeholders through meetings with advisory and client groups and through direct mailings. On a corporate level, Parks Canada consulted with national stakeholders and interest groups and conducted a national public opinion poll and focus group sessions. Notice was also provided on the Parks Canada website on proposals for fee increases.

There was widespread acceptance of the fee proposal on the condition that Parks Canada honour its commitment to invest the related revenue growth to rebuild deteriorated visitor facilities. To address concerns raised by users during consultations, Parks Canada made three major adjustments to its multi-year fee strategy prior to approval:

  • The phase-in period for implementation was extended from 3 to 4 years for all visitor services in order to stagger price increases and reduce the cumulative impact of increasing all fees at the same time;
  • To respect our commitment to provide 18 months advance notice, implementation of proposed new commercial group fees was deferred until April 1, 2007 and the phase-in period extended from two to three years (2007, 2008 and 2009); and
  • The business licence fee proposal was withdrawn from the fee submission. A revised business license proposal will reflect further research of municipal charging practices across Canada.

Following consultations, a comparison of Parks Canada's proposed fees with those charged by parks organizations in other countries was conducted. This research was carried out in the summer of 2004 and was incorporated into the submission. The Parks Canada's multi-year fee strategy was tabled in Parliament in March 2005 pursuant to the User Fees Act.

On July 1st of 2006, the Government of Canada implemented a 1% reduction to the GST. This affected all fees seeing that the GST is included in all of Parks Canada approved fees. This reduction is not reflected in the date last modified column.

2006-2007 External Fee Reporting Template 9-B: Policy on Service Standards for External Fees

Supplementary information on Service Standards for External Fees can be found at www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/rma/dpr3/06-07/index_e.asp.