Report on Plans and Priorities 2015-2016

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The Canadian Polar Commission, a separate agency, supports polar research through its mandate to develop, promote and disseminate knowledge of the polar regions. It carries out this mandate by co-operating with organizations, institutions and associations, in Canada and elsewhere, to undertake, support and publish studies, recognize achievements, and promote polar research and its application in Canada. It also reports on polar issues and the state of polar knowledge, and initiates and supports conferences, seminars and meetings.

The Canadian High Arctic Research Station Act establishes a new federal research organization that combines the resources and knowledge of the Canadian Polar Commission and the Canadian High Arctic Research Station. The new organization will be responsible for advancing Canada's knowledge of the Arctic and strengthening Canadian leadership in polar science and technology. The Act received Royal Assent on December 16, 2014, and will come into force on a date determined by the Governor in Council.

Strategic Outcome: Increased Canadian Polar Knowledge
Program: Research Facilitation and Communication
Description

This Strategic Outcome creates the conditions for Canada to acquire the wide range of information needed for effective policy and research program development in the polar regions, and to maintain Canada's position as a leading polar nation. The Canadian Polar Commission is Canada's primary polar knowledge agency. It maintains and builds active knowledge networks, synthesizes polar knowledge to identify opportunities, issues and trends, and communicates polar knowledge.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)
Human Resources (FTEs)

2015–2016
Main Estimates

2015–2016
Planned Spending

2016–2017
Planned Spending

2017–2018
Planned Spending

2015–2016

2016–2017

2017–2018

2,087,258

2,087,258

2,086,298

2,086,298

7.5

7.5

7.5

Performance Measurement

Expected Results

Performance Indicators

Targets

Date to Be Achieved

The Commission facilitates Canada fully embracing its place as a polar nation.

Polar knowledge networks are maintained, broadened and strengthened.

Northern and southern-based polar research institutions exchange knowledge and collaborate as active members of polar research networks.

Canadian Arctic and Antarctic experts contribute to global knowledge creation and dissemination through engagement in international research co-ordination mechanisms and related working groups and subcommittees.

March 2016

Priority polar issue analysis and synthesis products used by target audiences.

Development of products that provide analysis and synthesis of priority issues related to polar knowledge, such as the analysis of environmental monitoring sites in Canada (2014–2015) and the monitoring results bulletin.

Promotion and distribution of these products.

March 2016

The wide variety of communications channels through which the Canadian Polar Commission disseminates polar knowledge to Canadians are maintained and strengthened.

The Canadian Polar Commission website, other partners' websites, social media channels, the Polar Knowledge App, and its Polar Blog partnership reach larger number of Canadians and maximize their awareness of polar issues.

March 2016

Planning Highlights
  • Expand and reinforce northern knowledge networks through the Canadian Polar Commission Northern Office and continue to facilitate the engagement of Northerners in creating and disseminating knowledge, and in identifying knowledge issues and associated research gaps important to them.
  • Continue to provide guidance and support to the Canadian Network of Northern Research Operators, in its efforts to maintain and enhance Canada's northern research infrastructure and logistics, and its connection with international polar research infrastructure networks.
  • Maintain a strong relationship with the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists by helping promote skill-development opportunities for young researchers in the science-policy integration domain.
  • Continue providing guidance, secretariat functions and co-ordination for the Sustaining Arctic Observing Networks (SAON) initiative's Canadian Ad Hoc Working Group, which works to strengthen Arctic-wide observing activities through partnerships, collaborations and information sharing. In co-operation with the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists, continue publishing and promoting the SAON Canada Results Bulletin, which highlights the policy relevance of new knowledge flowing from Canadian arctic monitoring sites.
  • Build increased international co-ordination and co-operation in polar research by facilitating Canadian expert participation in research co-ordination bodies, such as the International Arctic Science Committee and the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research.
  • Continue to build and strengthen bilateral relationships between the Commission and its corresponding organizations in other countries by way of collaborations in common polar knowledge priority areas through the development and signing of Letters of Agreement.
  • Organize and conduct meetings with key international organizations to discuss greater collaborations and partnerships in polar research activities and linkages to the Canadian High Arctic Research Station and other Canadian institutions.
  • Provide guidance and assistance to the Canadian High Arctic Research Station on the implementation of its Science and Technology program, monitoring initiatives, and partnerships.
  • Facilitate federal interdepartmental reporting (including funding) of all Arctic research activities by co-ordinating/developing an annual report, for public release, of such activities in collaboration with relevant federal agencies and departments.
  • Continue to promote, facilitate use of, and engage relevant/key organizations in addressing the knowledge gaps and opportunities in Arctic research identified in the State of Northern Knowledge in Canada Report (2013–2014).
  • Work with the Canadian Committee on Antarctic Research in the development and implementation of a strategy for establishing a Canadian Antarctic research program.
  • Continue to communicate polar knowledge to Canadians via the Canadian Polar Commission website, partner organizations' websites, the Polar Blogs, the Polar Knowledge App, social media, and at conferences, workshops and other speaking events.
  • Administer the Northern Scientific Training Program that supports and encourages young northern researchers, and work to increase the program's effectiveness.
  • Present the Northern Science Award to recognize knowledge creation that benefits Northerners.
  • Award the annual Canadian Polar Commission Scholarship to an outstanding doctoral student in collaboration with the Association of Canadian Universities for Northern Studies (ACUNS).
Internal Services

Description

Internal Services are groups of related activities and resources that are administered to support the needs of programs and other corporate obligations of an organization. Internal services include only those activities and resources that apply across an organization, and not those provided to a specific program. The groups of activities are Management and Oversight Services; Communications Services; Legal Services; Human Resources Management Services; Financial Management Services; Information Management Services; Information Technology Services; Real Property Services; Materiel Services; and Acquisition Services.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)
Human Resources (FTEs)

2015–2016
Main Estimates

2015–2016
Planned Spending

2016–2017
Planned Spending

2017–2018
Planned Spending

2015–2016

2016–2017

2017–2018

486,827

486,827

486,587

486,587

1.5

1.5

1.5

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)
Human Resources (FTEs)

2015–2016
Main Estimates

2015–2016
Planned Spending

2016–2017
Planned Spending

2017–2018
Planned Spending

2015–2016

2016–2017

2017–2018

2,574,085

2,574,085

2,572,885

2,572,885

9

9

9

Budgetary Planning Summary for Strategic Outcomes and Programs (dollars)

Strategic Outcomes, Programs and Internal Services

2012–2013 Expenditures

2013–2014 Expenditures

2014–2015 Forecast Spending

2015–2016 Main Estimates

2015–2016 Planned Spending

2016–2017 Planned Spending

2017–2018 Planned Spending

Strategic Outcome: Increased Canadian Polar Knowledge

Research Facilitation and Communication

988,110

2,259,236

2,100,172

2,087,258

2,087,258

2,086,298

2,086,298

Internal Services

329,625

330,773

490,904

486,827

486,827

486,587

486,587

Total

1,317,735

2,590,009

2,591,076

2,574,085

2,574,085

2,572,885

2,572,885