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SECTION I - OVERVIEW

1.1 Minister's Message

The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, P.C., M.P., Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities

As Canada's Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, I am pleased to submit Transport Canada's Departmental Performance Report for the period ending March 31, 2007.

The Transport, Infrastructure and Communities Portfolio, including Transport Canada, helps to ensure transportation safety and security, and contributes to our economic growth and environmental sustainability.

This was a busy and dynamic year that saw the Government of Canada deliver two budgets that committed a historic $33 billion in infrastructure funding over the next seven years towards the new "Building Canada" infrastructure plan. This long-term, unprecedented level of infrastructure funding recognizes that to remain competitive in today's global economy we must create world-class infrastructure to ensure the seamless flow of people, goods and services across our roads and bridges, through our ports and gateways. The "Building Canada" plan will also support the environment through investments in public transit, green energy, water and wastewater treatment, and brownfield remediation.

Throughout the past year, significant accomplishments and progress have been made by the department to meet the commitments set out in its 2006-07 Report on Plans and Priorities. For instance, in October 2006 the Prime Minister announced the launch of the Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative, a set of policy and funding measures totalling some $1 billion that highlights the benefits of applying an integrated approach to transportation policy building. Blue Sky, the new international air policy announced in November 2006, is another key initiative that will enhance Canada's economic prosperity and competitiveness.

One of the federal government's top priorities during the fiscal year continued to be the environment. With the announcement of the ecoTransport Strategy, comprised of over $100 million in funding towards new initiatives in clean transportation, the government is taking serious steps to tackle the emissions and other environmental impacts from the transportation sector.

Transport Canada continues to work with public and private partners to modernize and harmonize regulatory frameworks under the Government of Canada's Smart Regulation Initiative to promote a transportation system that is safe and secure. On the security front, progress was made on a number of initiatives. Chief among them is the Transportation Security Action Plan, completed after two years of extensive research and analysis. The plan guides the department's current actions and future planning in the area of transportation security.

As we look to the future and the challenges that lie ahead, Transport Canada is committed to sustaining its efforts as part of the Transport, Infrastructure and Communities Portfolio and to contributing to a transportation system that maintains our prosperity, our security, our safety, our environment and our quality of life.

The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities

 

1.2 Management Representation Statement

I submit for tabling in Parliament, the 2006-2007 Departmental Performance Report (DPR) for Transport Canada.

This document has been prepared based on the reporting principles contained in the Guide for the Preparation of Part III of the 2006-2007 Estimates: Reports on Plans and Priorities and Departmental Performance Reports:

  • It adheres to the specific reporting requirements outlined in the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat guidance;
  • It is based on the department's approved Strategic Outcomes and Program Activity Architecture structure that were approved by Treasury Board;
  • It presents consistent, comprehensive, balanced and reliable information;
  • It provides a basis of accountability for the results achieved by the department with the resources and authorities entrusted to it; and
  • It reports finances based on approved numbers from the Estimates and the Public Accounts of Canada.

 

Name:  Louis Ranger

Title:  Deputy Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities

1.3 Summary Information

1.3.1 Raison d'tre

Transport Canada is responsible for the transportation policies and programs set by the Government of Canada. The department works to ensure that all parts of the transportation system work effectively and in an integrated manner.

Our Vision . . .

A transportation system in Canada that is recognized worldwide as safe and secure, efficient and environmentally responsible

Our vision of a sustainable transportation system - one that integrates and finds the right balance among social, economic and environmental objectives - is guided by the following principles:

  • Highest practicable safety and security of life and property - guided by performance-based standards and regulations when necessary;
  • Efficient movement of people and goods to support economic prosperity and a sustainable quality of life - based on competitive markets and targeted use of regulation and government funding; and
  • Respect for the environmental legacy of future generations of Canadians - guided by environmental assessment and planning processes in transportation decisions and selective use of regulation and government funding.

Our Mission . . .

To serve the public interest through the promotion of a safe and secure, efficient and environmentally responsible transportation system in Canada

To succeed in its mission, Transport Canada is committed to being a world-leading organization that:

  • Develops and implements effective policies, programs, and legislative and regulatory frameworks;
  • Works in partnership with other governments, industry and stakeholders;
  • Is recognized as a progressive, effective and accountable organization; and
  • Sustains a healthy and productive work environment that values professional excellence, teamwork, open communication, diversity, continuous learning and mutual respect.

Legislative Mandate

Text Box: Some of the Legislation governing Transport Canada In Canada, all three levels of government have some responsibility for the country's transportation system. In support of its Vision and Mission, Transport Canada delivers its programs and services under numerous legislative and constitutional authorities.

A full listing of the legislation administered by Transport Canada can be found at http://www.tc.gc.ca/acts-regulations/listofacts/menu.htm.

1.3.2 Planning for Results

STRATEGIC OUTCOMES

Transport Canada is committed to delivering results to Canadians.

  • A safe and secure transportation system that contributes to Canada's social development and security objectives;
  • An efficient transportation system that contributes to Canada's economic growth and trade objectives; and
  • An environmentally responsible transportation system that contributes to Canada's sustainable development objectives.

MANAGEMENT PRIORITIES

Transport Canada's management priorities have been developed in the context of two key considerations: the completion of commitments made in the previous Report on Plans and Priorities, and internal and external assessments using the Management Accountability Framework elements for the identification of opportunities to improve management practices within the department.

Management priorities for 2006-07 have built on the achievements of 2005-06 and continued to strengthen management capacity in the areas of people, including values and ethics, stewardship and accountability. Highlights of performance achieved include:


Management Priorities

Performance Achieved (or progress made)

People - Institutionalize the Public Service Modernization Act

(PSMA), Human Resources (HR) plans contributing to strategic staffing strategies and integrated values and ethics

  • A Departmental suite of HR polices was developed to correspond with flexibilities and requirements of the Public Service Employment Act (PSEA).
  • A new service delivery and performance measurement model establishing a clearer distinction between service delivery, corporate functional responsibilities, HR planning/performance measurement and values & ethics was developed.
  • Existing Transport Canadadelegated managers completed their authority delegation validation.
  • Courses related to PSMA and conflict management were designed and offered.
  • A Values and Ethics governance structure and framework tailored to Transport Canada was developed through a broad consultative process.

Stewardship - Efficiency and effectiveness of programs and associated expenditures

  • Transport Canada completed the first phase of a two-phase comprehensive review exercise which is part of the Department's ongoing assessment of the effectiveness and efficiency of its programs and associated expenditures. Once completed, these reviews will serve to provide senior executives with the information required to ensure that funds are allocated to the highest priorities and that Transport Canada is making the best possible investments in the areas that matter most to Canadians.

Accountability - Strengthen accountability in the governance of Crown Corporations

  • Significant progress was made with the implementation of best practices including:
    • orientation sessions for new appointees especially Chairs;
    • developing and implementing recruitment strategies for Boards facing leadership, governance and board capacity issues; and
    • improving the capacity of Boards to provide advice to the Minister and to Crown corporations in terms of the Performance Management Program for Chief Executive Officers.
  • Letters of expectation issued to new Crown Corporations Chairs.
  • Preliminary work regarding a review and adoption of codes of conduct of Crown corporations was initiated to ensure that the codes of conduct adequately reference stewardship accountabilities.

PROGRAM PRIORITIES

Transport Canada's vision of a sustainable transportation system - one that integrates and seeks the correct balance among social, economic and environmental objectives - is based on three strategic outcomes: An efficient transportation system that contributes to Canada's economic growth and trade objectives; a safe and secure transportation system that contributes to Canada's social development and security objectives; and an environmentally responsible transportation system that contributes to Canada's sustainable development objectives. These strategic outcomes are articulated in the nine program priorities below:

  1. New security policies and programs
  2. Infrastructure, gateways and trade corridors
  3. Market-Based policy framework
  4. Smart regulation
  5. Safety and security management systems
  6. Climate change and clean air
  7. Environmental protection and remediation
  8. Innovation
  9. 9. Environmental assessments

1.3.3 Summary Tables

The following tables present the resources needed in 2006-07 to deliver Transport Canada's programs and services that benefit Canadians:

Total Financial Resources ($ thousands)


Planned Spending

Total Authorities

Actual Spending

$1,616,629

$1,557,956

$1,426,183


Total Human Resources (Full time equivalents/FTEs)


Planned

Actual

Difference

4,900

4,854

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Summary of Performance in Relationship to Departmental Strategic Outcomes, Priorities and Results Achieved
table header Program priorities Program activities RPP 2006-07 Areas of focus Expected results Results achieved in 2006-07
(or progress made)

 

Performance status Explanation if expected result is not met / Corrective actions that will be taken
1 checkmark     New security policies and programs

Type: ongoing

Policies, rulemaking, monitoring and outreach in support of a safe and secure transportation system The National Security Policy Greater awareness, understanding, cooperation of and compliance with transportation security systems

and

Increased stakeholder ability to meet transportation security and emergency preparedness requirements systems

Air Cargo Security Program: A project office was established to lead the development of an Air Cargo Security Program in Canada that is harmonized with international standards and utilizes industry best practices. Outreach continues to increase industry stakeholder awareness and to encourage their participation in the Air Cargo Security Initiative, which will lead to recommendations for an enhanced air cargo security program. Early program design was completed in consultation with both national and international partners, including the Canada Border Services Agency, CATSA, Canadian industry, the United States (U.S.) and the United Kingdom (U.K.). Successfully met goals for this year; initiative ongoing.  
                Continued to develop a methodology and strategy to assess the need, type and extent of the Transportation Security Clearance Program across all transportation sectors. Successfully met goals for this year; initiative ongoing.  
                Worked with international partners to further develop security measures:
  • Continued to co-chair the Canada-U.S. Transportation Security Cooperation Group;
  • Continued to work with U.S. and Mexico in the North American Aviation Trilateral;
  • Worked with U.S. and U.K. following the terror arrests in August 2006 to develop similar bans on liquids, gels and aerosols;
  • Provided contribution to International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Security Awareness Training Program.
Successfully met goals for this year; initiative ongoing.  
            Transportation security action plan Increased stakeholder ability to meet transportation security and emergency preparedness requirements systems The Transportation Security Action Plan was completed in December 2006 based on extensive consultations with stakeholders. Successfully met.  
            Passenger rail and public transit systems security Increased stakeholder ability to meet transportation security and emergency preparedness requirements systems Started the development of a national policy framework for rail and urban transit security in partnership with other federal departments and levels of government, rail and transit operators and industry associations. Ongoing.  
                Reviewed and updated the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Railway Association of Canada on rail security, based on international best practices. Ongoing.  
                Launched Transit-Secure Contribution Program to implement immediate initial security measures. Ongoing.  
            The Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) Increased stakeholder ability to meet transportation security and emergency preparedness requirements systems Transport Canada continued to work with its partners in the U.S. and Mexico to develop policies and programs to address the transportation security aspects of the SPP. Successfully met goals for this year; initiative ongoing.  

 


Summary of Performance in Relationship to Departmental Strategic Outcomes, Priorities and Results Achieved
Table Header Program priorities Program activities RPP 2006-07 Areas of focus Expected results Results achieved in 2006-07
(or progress made)

 

Performance status Explanation if expected result is not met / Corrective actions that will be taken
1
and
 2
checkmark checkmark   Smart regulation

Type: ongoing

Policies, rulemaking, monitoring and outreach in support of a safe and secure transportation system

and

Automotive telematics Increased flexibility and innovation opportunities for industry Continuing negotiations with the automotive industry; awaiting updated automotive industry design principles. Ongoing.  
          Policies, programs and infrastructure in support of a market-based framework Aviation safety management systems (SMS) Regulations reflecting the needs and concerns of industry and the public Pursued the drafting of SMS Regulations with the Department of Justice in order to extend the application of SMS to holders of Airport Certificates and Air Traffic Services Operations Certificates. Ongoing.  
            Regulatory harmonization initiatives Enhanced international standards and regulations when transporting dangerous goods, enhancing safety without hindering trade Review of the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act, 1992: Prepared draft Memorandum to Cabinet (MC) and pre-drafted a Bill with Justice. Ongoing.  
                Improvements and enhancements to the United Nations (UN) Model Regulations: Led the United Nations Sub-committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods in reviewing testing requirements for Intermediate Bulk Containers that resulted in the adoption of revisions to the UN Model Regulations, December 2006. Successfully met.  
                Reforms to the Canada Shipping Act: conducted extensive consultations in Spring and Fall 2006 as well as several outreach sessions. Developed and delivered cross-Canada orientation sessions for Marine Safety inspectors on the new CSA 2001 regime which came into force on July 1, 2007. Successfully met.  
                Aeronautics Act:

Bill C-6, dealing with the proposed amendments to the Aeronautics Act, was first introduced in the House of Commons on April 27, 2006 and proceeded to Second Reading on May 5, 2006. The majority of the legislative activities occurred in 2006-07 and are ongoing.*

Ongoing.  

 


Summary of Performance in Relationship to Departmental Strategic Outcomes, Priorities and Results Achieved
table header Program priorities Program activities RPP 2006-07 Areas of focus Expected results Results achieved in 2006-07
(or progress made)

 

Performance status Explanation if expected result is not met / Corrective actions that will be taken
1
and
 2
checkmark checkmark   Safety and security management systems

Type: ongoing

Policies, rulemaking, monitoring and outreach in support of a safe and secure transportation system

and

Policies, programs and infrastructure in support of a market-based framework

Implementing safety and security management systems (SMS and SeMS) in aviation, rail and marine organizations Improved commitment by industry to adopt SMS/SeMS Safety Management Systems (SMS)

Aviation:

On July 7, 2007, amendments to the Canadian Aviation Regulations were pre-published in the Canada Gazette, Part I which will apply to the airport operators and providers of air traffic services once the regulations come into force. Two regional SMS information sessions were delivered with industry, such as Airports, Air Navigation Services providers, Air Operators (705), and Aircraft Maintenance Organizations.

 

 


Successfully met the results for this year; initiative ongoing.

 
                Rail:

Conducted rail safety audits regarding the implementation of SMS in the rail industry.

Ongoing.  
                Marine:
  • 82 Canadian vessels have obtained the required statutory certification issued by classification societies on behalf of Transport Canada.
  • Transport Canada monitored eight audits carried out by these authorized organizations and also reviewed 12 related audit reports in 2006.
  • Marine Safety is reviewing the feasibility of implementing a SMS for operators of Canadian domestic vessels.
Ongoing.  
                Security Management Systems (SeMS): Developed multi-modal SeMS conceptual framework Successfully met the results for this year; initiative ongoing.  
              Enhanced awareness and safety culture in industry Aviation:

SMS oversight framework and guidance material for the phased-in implementation was developed and published.

Ongoing.  

 


Summary of Performance in Relationship to Departmental Strategic Outcomes, Priorities and Results Achieved
table header Program priorities Program activities RPP 2006-07 Areas of focus Expected results Results achieved in 2006-07
(or progress made)

 

Performance status Explanation if expected result is not met / Corrective actions that will be taken
2   checkmark   Market-based policy framework

Type: ongoing

Policies, programs and infrastructure in support of a market-based framework Amendments to the Canada Transportation Act Legislative framework that supports free market forces with government intervention targeted to situations where market forces are insufficient Bill C-11 was tabled on May 4, 2006. It contained amendments related to the Canadian Transportation Agency, mergers and acquisitions of transportation companies, air travel, rail passenger services, railway noise and the revenue cap on rail movements of grain. Received Royal Assent July 5, 2007.  
                Preparations and consultations completed for a Bill to amend the freight provisions of the Canada Transportation Act. On track to be tabled in fiscal 2007-08.  
            Marine Liability Act Legislative framework that supports free market forces with government intervention targeted to situations where market forces are insufficient Consultations with stakeholders have concluded and the preparation of cabinet documentation is underway. Related regulations to passenger liability have been put on hold. Ongoing. Due to industry concerns, the regulations will be held in abeyance pending the amendment of the Marine Liability Act.
            Negotiations of operating and refurbishment agreements for the federal fleet of hopper cars with railways A competitive and viable Canadian transportation sector On May 4, 2006, Canada's new government announced it would retain the hopper cars in order to maximize benefits for farmers and taxpayers. Negotiations with Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) and Canadian National Railway (CNR) for new operating agreements for the operation, maintenance and refurbishment of the hopper cars are on-going. Lease agreement with CPR signed on July 1, 2007.Transport Canada is in final stages of negotiations with CNR.  
            Liberalization of economic regulation of air industry A competitive and viable Canadian transportation sector Initiation of dialogue with European Commission regarding the Canada European Union comprehensive air services agreement. Exceeded expectations.  
                Adoption of a new international air policy (Blue Sky) that aims at achieving greater liberalization of bilateral air transport agreements. Ongoing. Negotiations are planned.  
            Negotiations of bilateral air transport agreements or arrangements A competitive and viable Canadian transportation sector Canada successfully negotiated a number of new expanded bilateral air transportation agreements, including: U.K. (April 2006), Portugal (June 2006), Algeria (July 2006), Croatia (December 2006), Serbia (December 2006), Japan (2007). Ongoing. Negotiations are planned.  
            New Canada Airports Act Legislative framework that supports free market forces with government intervention targeted to situations where market forces are insufficient Bill C-20 tabled June 2006. Following its tabling, additional consultations were undertaken to address outstanding issues or concerns that became apparent once the text of the Bill was available to the public. Ongoing. Following its tabling, additional consultations were undertaken to address outstanding issues or concerns that became apparent once the text of the Bill was available to the public.
            Air Canada Public Participation Act Legislative framework that supports free market forces with government intervention targeted to situations where market forces are insufficient Bill C-29 tabled in October 2006. Ongoing.  
            Aviation War Risk Liability Program A competitive and viable Canadian transportation sector Program extended to December 31, 2007. Successfully met.  

 


Summary of Performance in Relationship to Departmental Strategic Outcomes, Priorities and Results Achieved
table header Program priorities Program activities RPP 2006-07 Areas of focus Expected results Results achieved in 2006-07
(or progress made)

 

Performance status Explanation if expected result is not met / Corrective actions that will be taken
1, 2 and 3 checkmark checkmark checkmark Infrastructure, gateways and trade corridors

Type: ongoing

Policies, rulemaking, monitoring and outreach in support of a safe and secure transportation system

and

Policies, programs and infrastructure in support of a market-based framework

and

Policies and programs in support of sustainable development

Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative (APGCI) Long-term sustainable funding and accountability framework for transportation infrastructure Construction has started on a major new bridge structure in the British Columbia's (BC) Lower Mainland to assist with the movement of goods and services. Ongoing.  
                Announced new transportation infrastructure projects to be funded under the APGCI, in BC Lower Mainland and in the Prairie Provinces. Potential for additional announcements in the future.  
                Developed a horizontal performance framework for the APGCI, in collaboration with all participating departments. Completed and to be reviewed.  
                Explored with the port authorities of Fraser River, North Fraser and Vancouver their amalgamation into one integrated port authority. Ongoing.  
                Regulations were prepublished in the Canada Gazette adding generic amalgamation provisions. The three Canada Port Authorities (CPAs) recommend the amalgamation in their report of November 2006. Round tables completed including signing of Canada-China memorandum of understanding (MOU) to cooperate on gateways and corridors.

 

 
                Round tables were held in the three prairie provinces. Product development is ongoing.  
                Strategic advisors to provide private sector perspective and recommendations to Minister. Report completed.  
            Airport performance monitoring Strengthened governance, transparency and accountability System completed to monitor the financial viability of National Airport System (NAS) airport authorities.

Established a balanced scorecard approach to airport monitoring. An interim five-year scorecard developed for 21 NAS airport authorities.

Ongoing.  
            Infrastructure funding programs Increased investment in transportation infrastructure Fifteen major infrastructure projects were completed under the Strategic Highway Infrastructure Program.

Five major infrastructure projects were completed under the Canada Strategic Infrastructure Fund (CSIF).

Two major infrastructure projects were completed under Border Infrastructure Fund (BIF).

All projects improved the safety and efficiency of the surface transportation system.

Ongoing.  
            Domestic and international bridges Strengthened Canadian competitiveness in international markets The International Bridges and Tunnels Act was tabled on April 24, 2006. The International Bridges and Tunnels Act received Royal Assent February 1, 2007.  Successfully met.  
                New operating agreement negotiated for operation of the Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge. Successfully met.  
            International collaboration Increased investment in transportation infrastructure Several meetings and conference calls between Transport Canada and the Federal Highway Administration in Washington. Technical presentations made to international fora describing the International Bridges and Tunnels Act. Briefing regarding changes to the Presidential Permit process. Successfully met.  
            Canada Marine Act (CMA) amendments Strengthened governance, transparency and accountability Additional consultations with key stakeholders were held in 2006-07 to further enhance revised amendments to CMA.

Amending Bill to be tabled in Parliament October 2007.

Ongoing.  
            St. Lawrence Seaway infrastructure needs study Strengthened Canadian competitiveness in international markets Technical analyses completed related to the evaluation of infrastructure needs of the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway system, including the engineering, economic, and environment implications of those needs as they pertain to navigation. Ongoing.

Working on the consolidation report expected to be publicly released in the Fall.

 
            Ridley Terminals Inc. Strengthened governance, transparency and accountability Ridley Terminals Inc. (RTI) remained operational and was preserved as a going concern in 2006. RTI's Corporate Plan 2006-2010 received federal government approval. Successfully met.  
            Marine Atlantic long-term strategy Long-term sustainable funding and accountability framework for key marine transportation Phase I of the long-term strategy to revitalize Marine Atlantic Inc. was announced on February 6, 2007. The strategy moves Marine Atlantic Inc. toward a more commercial orientation, increases and maintains its cost recovery level between 60-65 per cent through revenue and cost containment strategies; stabilizes its funding and advances the fleet renewal plan.

A new Board of Directors was appointed in Fall 2006. Marine Atlantic Inc. has introduced a new rate structure as of January 1, 2007 and a fuel surcharge as of July 1, 2007 to cover additional fuel expenses above those of 2006.

Successfully met.  

 


Summary of Performance in Relationship to Departmental Strategic Outcomes, Priorities and Results Achieved
table header Program priorities Program activities RPP 2006-07 Areas of focus Expected results Results achieved in 2006-07
(or progress made)

 

Performance status Explanation if expected result is not met / Corrective actions that will be taken
1, 2 and 3 checkmark checkmark checkmark Innovation

Type: ongoing

Policies, rulemaking, monitoring and outreach in support of a safe and secure transportation system

and

Full cost initiative Additional analytical tool Estimates of the full costs of transportation in Canada for all modes were developed. A framework to support updates and further refinements is in place. Successfully met.  
          Policies, programs and infrastructure in support of a market-based framework

and

Strategic research and development (R&D) Increased investment in transportation related R&D, including Intelligent Transportations Systems (ITS) Identification of four strategic R&D themes: gateways and corridors, northern transportation, accessibility and energy efficiency. Ongoing.  
          Policies and programs in support of sustainable development     The Transportation Development Centre and modal groups within the department were actively involved in approximately 120 R&D projects. R&D included specific projects to improve the safety, security, efficiency and environmental responsibility of the transportation sector.    
            ITS plan for Canada Use of R&D results to enhance safety, security, efficiency and environmental sustainability of the Canadian transportation system 31 ITS projects were completed, including the:
  • Installation of over 40 new environmental sensor stations
  • Upgrade of 36 existing stations
  • Implementation of remote vehicle inspection stations for commercial vehicles
  • Completion of a feasibility and design study for a multi-agency centralized transportation management centre.
Successfully met.  
            Innovation and skills development Highly skilled labour force Transport Canada continued to co-chair the federal-provincial/territorial Skills Task Force and to assist in the completion of the group's 2006-2007 Work Plan which included an expanded Compendium of Successful Skills Initiatives.

Transport Canada continued to monitor the success of its investment in the Western Transportation Advisory Council (WESTAC) Careers in Transportation Website, and to promote this website among stakeholders.

Ongoing.  
                Transport Canada also provided funding for a transportation component in the Canada-wide Virtual Science Fair, resulting in the submission of 12 transportation related projects. Successfully met.  

 


Summary of Performance in Relationship to Departmental Strategic Outcomes, Priorities and Results Achieved
table header Program priorities Program activities RPP 2006-07 Areas of focus Expected results Results achieved in 2006-07
(or progress made)

 

Performance status Explanation if expected result is not met / Corrective actions that will be taken
3     checkmark Climate change and clean air

Type: ongoing

Policies and programs in support of sustainable development Climate change agreement with automobile industry Increased awareness of sustainable transportation choices and climate change impacts Fuel consumption data collected from auto industry and forwarded to Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) for use in Fuel Consumption Guide. Successfully met.  
              and

Reduction of emissions in the transportation sector

Vehicle fuel consumption data collected by Transport Canada from auto industry and forwarded to NRCan, along with Departmental expertise, for use in monitoring progress towards achievement of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) reduction targets in agreement. Ongoing. Public annual reports on MOU were published.  
            Advanced Technology Vehicles Program. Increased ability for the public to make more sustainable transportation choices The program held 20 public events in 2006-07 including Canadian international auto shows and lifestyle/environmental shows. Information relating to advanced vehicle technology was disseminated to inform the public of current and emerging advanced vehicle technologies that can reduce emissions in transportation. The program exceeded the original goal of ten events.

Program sunset on March 31, 2007.

 
            Motor Vehicle Fuel Consumption Program Reduction of emissions in the transportation sector The program continued to:
  • support the publication of the Fuel Consumption Guide;
  • monitor and publish the average fuel consumption of the new Canadian fleet;
  • encourage the improvement the fuel efficiency of the new vehicle fleet by setting annual company average fuel consumption (CAFC) goals for the motor vehicle industry and monitoring compliance; and
Completed. 13 of 24 vehicles purchased were tested for compliance. Contractual issues delayed mileage accumulation on test vehicles, and caused delays in testing. Corrective action was taken to hire the drivers to accumulate mileage on the test vehicles.
               
  • test a sample of vehicles to confirm compliance of fuel consumption rating.
Partially completed.  
            Urban Transportation Showcase Program Reduction of emissions in the transportation sector Continued to implement/fund five showcase demonstrations of integrated projects to facilitate modal shifts to transit, cycling, walking, car-pools and other sustainable options;
  • Launched three new demonstration projects in Winnipeg, Gatineau and Quebec City;
  • Supported 14 learning events with over 1,000 attendees;
  • Developed information products, including 12 new case studies, to disseminate best practices in sustainable transportation; and
  • Supported two awards programs to recognize best practices in sustainable transportation.
Ongoing.

Preliminary reporting from Showcase proponents in 2006-07 shows that the projects are attracting residents to sustainable transportation options.

 
              Increased awareness of sustainable transportation choices and climate change impacts Began consultations in Canada for input into the Arctic Marine Shipping Assessment. Ongoing.  

 


Summary of Performance in Relationship to Departmental Strategic Outcomes, Priorities and Results Achieved
table header Program priorities Program activities RPP 2006-07 Areas of focus Expected results Results achieved in 2006-07
(or progress made)

 

Performance status Explanation if expected result is not met / Corrective actions that will be taken
2 and
3
  checkmark checkmark Environmental assessment

Type: ongoing

Policies, programs and infrastructure in support of a market-based framework

and

Policies and programs in support of sustainable development

Environmental assessments for projects requiring approval under the Navigable Waters Protection Act Environmental protection from the impacts of transportation projects 1058 Environmental Assessments (EAs) were underway or completed in 2006, 882 (or 83 per cent) of which were triggered by the Navigable Waters Protection Act. An Efficiency Review of the EA program was undertaken in 2006 in order to report on efficiency measures implemented in the EA program and to clarify resource requirements of the program, taking into account these measures. Ongoing.  

 


Summary of Performance in Relationship to Departmental Strategic Outcomes, Priorities and Results Achieved
table header Program priorities Program activities RPP 2006-07 Areas of focus Expected results Results achieved in 2006-07
(or progress made)

 

Performance status Explanation if expected result is not met / Corrective actions that will be taken
3     checkmark Environmental protection and remediation

Type: ongoing

Policies and programs in support of sustainable development Feasibility of discounted annual transit pass employer programs in Canada Increased ability for the public to make more sustainable transportation choices An evaluation of the National Capital Region's Transit Pass Program was completed. The report recommends expansion of the payroll-deducted transit program to other areas of the country. Completed.  
            Contaminated sites management Suspected contaminated sites are identified and high-risk sites are remediated /risk managed Under the Federal Contaminated Sites Action Plan program, Transport Canada received funding for 11 assessment and 11 remediation projects during 2006-07. The majority of the remediation projects are multi-year projects and will receive funding in future years. Ongoing.  

Please note that Section II includes narratives that are not in the table "Summary of Performance in Relationship to Departmental Strategic Outcomes, Priorities and Results Achieved" above, as they were not identified in the Report on Plans and Priorities 2006-07 but are considered worthy of mention in the Departmental Performance Report 2006-07.

Note 1: The number in the "Government of Canada Outcomes" column refers to the three outcomes below.

Transport Canada's three strategic outcomes and program priorities support the following Government of Canada outcomes as they will be presented in the next Canada's Performance report:

  1. Safe and secure communities
  2. A fair and secure marketplace
  3. Strong economic growth

1.4 Overall Departmental Performance

As listed in the Summary of Performance table above, most of the 2006-07 activities committed to in the Report on Plans and Priorities 2006-07 progressed during the year.

The Summary of Performance table in section 1.3.3 shows how the department's three strategic outcomes and program priorities support eight of the 13 Government of Canada outcomes as they were presented in Canada's Performance 2006:

  • Safe and secure communities
  • A fair and secure marketplace
  • Strong economic growth
  • An innovative and knowledge-based economy
  • A clean and healthy environment
  • A safe and secure world through international cooperation
  • A strong and mutually beneficial North American partnership
  • A prosperous Canada through global commerce

The creation of the Transport, Infrastructure and Communities portfolio in February 2006, coupled with the change in government that preceded it, set the stage for a dynamic year with many challenges and opportunities for Transport Canada. The department was able to successfully deliver on most of the commitments outlined in its 2006-2007 Report on Plans and Priorities, which illustrates that Transport Canada is a well organized department capable of achieving its mandate.

Under Transport Canada's first strategic outcome, "An efficient transportation system that contributes to Canada's economic growth and trade objectives", the department has been successful on several fronts. It has:

  • Adopted a new international air policy (Blue Sky) that will liberalize bilateral air transport agreements,
  • Launched the Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative to ensure that Canada benefits from the changing global economy, and
  • Received Royal Assent of The International Bridges and Tunnels Act on February 1, 2007, improving governance and accountability of key transportation infrastructure.

Transport Canada also participates in international trade negotiations in support of the Government of Canada's Global Commerce Strategy, and the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) to achieve key departmental objectives within the context of North American growth, competitiveness, and quality of life.

Also, in Spring 2007, Moving Forward - Changing the safety and security culture - A strategic direction for safety and security management, was launched. It outlines the direction Transport Canada must take to make progress on changing the safety and security culture. Moving Forward will guide us as we apply safety and security management in our day-to-day transportation activities and will play a part in the second strategic outcome, "A safe and secure transportation system that contributes to Canada's social development and security objectives".

Transport Canada's third strategic outcome, "An environmentally responsible transportation system that contributes to Canada's sustainable development objectives", was significantly advanced through several initiatives, chief among them being the ecoTRANSPORT Strategy announced in February 2007, which will provide over $100 million in funding towards new initiatives in clean transportation.

Aligning the outcomes of Transport Canada with those of the Government of Canada ensures that transportation decisions contribute to the success of the broader government agenda. And, in partnership with other departments, organizations and industry, the programs and services offered by Transport Canada continue to support safety and security, a strong economy and the protection of the environment objectives.