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2002 OAG Chapter 07

Canadian Space Agency - Implementing the Canadian Space Program

7.36 Recommendation. The Canadian Space Agency should develop a new strategic plan with clear objectives and strategies that reflect its current and long-term funding obligations and proposed new initiatives and that take account of its financial capacity. The Agency should then advise the government of any significant gaps in its ability to deliver its obligations under the Canadian Space Program and the consequences of not being able to undertake specific initiatives.

Status Update 2005:

This action is reaching completion. The Canadian Space Strategy - developed by the CSA in 2003 - was approved by the Government of Canada in February 2005. This strategy is being further articulated through four Thrust Strategies, scheduled to be approved by the CSA before March 31, 2005. (The Canadian Space Strategy defined four thrusts along which Canada's space program shall be developed). The CSA is also in the process of completing a 10 Year Plan, which will integrate detailed life-cycle information on planned expenditures for R&D, space missions and operations. The 10 Year Plan should be officially approved by the CSA before the end June 2005. All the above are in line with the CSA Program Activity Architecture (PAA), approved by the Government in 2004. This framework will considerably strengthen the ability of the CSA to plan, implement, report and advise the Government on the Canadian Space Program.

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7.66 Recommendation. The Agency should continue to refine its Project Approval and Management Framework to meet the needs of large and small projects and should ensure its full acceptance and use.

Status Update 2005:

Streamlining of the project management framework continues with an update of the Project Approval and Management Framework Policy and development of PAMF Guidelines that will help both large and small projects. In line with the internal audit recommendations, use of the PAMF on all projects within the Agency is being encouraged. All new Space projects comply with the PAMF requirements. Development of the Project System module continues for implementation in April 2005.

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7.83 Recommendation. The Agency should produce a demographic profile of its workforce, develop a comprehensive and strategic human resources plan integrated with its operational plans and strategic objectives, and finish implementing its human resources management framework.

Status Update 2005:

About 70 % of the possible activities identified in the Human Resources Strategic Plan have been started or are completed. This year, CSA will benefit from the favorable conjuncture resulting from the coming into force of the new Public Service Employment Act to start the integration of its Human Resources planning to its operational plans.

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7.84 Recommendation. The Agency should consider delaying its staff conversion exercise until it has developed its strategic human resources plan.

Status Update 2005:

The HR Strategic Plan was developed in 2004 and, in parallel, the conversion plan was implemented. At this time, the conversion plan is almost completed.

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7.99 Recommendation. The Agency should improve its performance measurement process to ensure that its reporting to Parliament on performance is more comprehensive and linked to its strategic outcomes.

Status Update 2005:

The PAA along with the Result Based Performance Regime was used in the preparation of the CSA's Report on Plans and Priorities 2005/2006 and upcoming workplans.