Government and Departmental Context

In a government context, departments have many aspects that are common, however with a focus that is mandate-specific. For example, each department will create a departmental plan, an integrated business and human resources (HR) plan, information on regulations and legislation that govern the department’s mandate, government values and ethics, workplace well-being and health and safety guidelines to name a few. 

Oceans Protection Plan

On November 7, 2016, the Government of Canada announced the launch of a $1.5 billion national Oceans Protection Plan (OPP) to ensure that our coasts are maintained in a modern and efficient way that unifies commercial use, environmental sustainability and safety. The main priorities of the OPP include:

  • Creating a world-leading marine safety system that strengthens responsible shipping and protects Canadian waters through new preventive and responsive measures, such as improved navigational charts developed by the Canadian Hydrographic Service
  • Strengthening partnerships with Indigenous communities, including new information-sharing systems and improved local emergency response capacity
  • Investing in oil spill response methods to ensure that evidence-based decisions are taken in environmental emergencies

“Canada’s Oceans Protection Plan is an ambitious whole-of-government approach that involves working with provinces and territories, Indigenous Peoples, industry, environmental organizations, coastal communities and a host of other partners to further protect our coasts and waterways in the Pacific, Arctic and Atlantic.”

The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans Canada and the Canadian Coast Guard

DFO/CCG programs

DFO/CCG have more than 25 diverse programs, including:

  • Indigenous Strategies and Governance
  • Aquatic Animal Health
  • Biotechnology and Genomics
  • Climate Change Adaptation Program
  • Environmental Response Services
  • Maritime Security
  • Oceans Management
  • Search and Rescue Services

… and many others that pertain to international cooperation, fish management, etc.

Employee-related programs and policies

Workplace Well-Being divides its work into two principal, but separate, advisory roles: (1) supporting employees to fulfill their obligations to serve Canadians according to a framework of values and ethics, and (2) assisting employees to create healthier workplaces by addressing workplace conflict pro-actively.

Values and Ethics

The departmental values are based on the federal public sector values of:

  • Respect for democracy
  • Respect for people
  • Integrity
  • Stewardship
  • Excellence

Informal Conflict Resolution

Collaborative problem solving uses interest-based negotiation principles. Hopefully you’ll never need them, however, DFO/CCG does offer:

  • Conflict Consultations
  • Mediation
  • Facilitated Discussion
  • Group Intervention
  • Conflict Coaching
  • Government Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Completing the Health and Safety Awareness for Employees course is mandatory.