Environment and Climate Change Canada Departmental Plan

Plan at a glance

ECCC Departmental Plan

Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) is the lead federal department for strategic action on a wide range of environmental matters, including action on clean growth and climate change, preventing and managing pollution, conserving nature, and predicting weather and environmental conditions. The Department?s program focus reflects the interdependence of environmental sustainability and economic well-being. ECCC works in partnership with provincial, territorial and municipal governments and Indigenous partners, communities and governments and aligns with the Government of Canada’s approach of openness, effectiveness and transparency in government.

Core Responsibility: Taking Action on Clean Growth and Climate Change ($845,293,508)

Through engagement with other federal departments and agencies, provinces, territories, Indigenous peoples, and other stakeholders, and external experts, the Department will support and coordinate the implementation of the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change (PCF); work to reduce Canadian greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions; drive clean growth; develop regulatory instruments; support businesses and Canadians to adapt and become more resilient to climate change; and contribute to international climate change actions to increase global benefits.

  • Departmental Result: Canadian greenhouse gas and short-lived climate pollutant emissions are reduced
  • Departmental Result: Indigenous peoples are engaged in clean growth and climate change
  • Departmental Result: Canada contributes to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing climate resilience globally
  • Departmental Result: Canadian communities, economies and ecosystems are more resilient

Core Responsibility: Preventing and Managing Pollution ($360,417,473)

Collaborate with provinces, territories, Indigenous peoples and others to develop and administer environmental standards, guidelines, regulations and risk management instruments to reduce releases and monitor levels of contaminants in air, water and soil; and promote and enforce compliance with environmental laws and regulations.

  • Departmental Result: Canadians have clean air
  • Departmental Result: Canadians have clean water
  • Departmental Result: The Canadian environment is protected from harmful substances

Core Responsibility: Conserving Nature ($319,257,213)

Protect and recover species at risk and their critical habitat; conserve and protect healthy populations of migratory birds; engage and enable provinces and territories, Indigenous peoples, stakeholders, and the public to increase protected areas and contribute to conservation and stewardship activities; expand and manage the Department’s protected areas; and collaborate with domestic and international partners to advance the conservation of biodiversity and sustainable development.

  • Departmental Result: Canada’s wildlife and habitat are conserved and protected
  • Departmental Result: Canada’s species at risk are recovered
  • Departmental Result: Indigenous peoples are engaged in conservation

Core Responsibility: Predicting Weather and Environmental Conditions ($255,482,742)

Monitor weather, water, air quality and climate conditions; provide forecasts, information and warnings to the Canadian public and targeted sectors through a range of service delivery options; conduct research; develop and maintain computer-based models for predicting weather and other environmental conditions; and collaborate and exchange data with other national meteorological services and with international organizations.

Planning highlights

In 2020-21, ECCC will continue to provide Canadians with accurate and timely information on weather and environmental conditions to help them make decisions about their health, safety and economic well-being. To do so, ECCC will rely on scientific expertise, a leading-edge approach to data management and analysis, and innovative information techniques. Using a state-of-the-art supercomputer solution to bring together thousands of observations about Canada?s environment and other data available from domestic and international partners, ECCC’s meteorologists and scientists work around the clock in prediction centres across the country to deliver forecasts for the weather, extreme weather conditions, and water-related events. This helps Canadians and weather-sensitive businesses prepare for weather events and become more resilient to the consequences of climate change. For example, the Canadian Hurricane Centre meteorologists track the intensity and path of storms and issue warnings for those with potential to affect Canada or its waters. In addition, ECCC will continue to leverage social media channels to broaden its reach when notifying Canadians of the potential for high-impact weather events.

  • Departmental Result: Canadians use authoritative weather and related information to make decisions about their health and safety