Environment Canada (EC) is a science-based department, with all respondents to a 2014 survey of Program Alignment Architecture (PAA) programs, sub-programs and sub-sub-programs indicating they either use or produce science.
Internal users of Environment Canada’s research and development (R&D) are satisfied with how the Department’s science meets their needs, with the majority (83%) assigning it a positive or neutral ranking.
Environment Canada’s science delivers on all components of the Department’s mandate, Science Strategy priorities and Strategic Outcomes.
Environment Canada’s science is focused on environmental issues of current significance to the Government of Canada, with the majority of publications (85%) supporting at least one Science Strategy priority area.
Environment Canada contributes to the Open Access movement, with nearly half of its scientific peer-reviewed publications available free and online.
Environment Canada’s scientific datasets are increasingly being made available to employees and the public under Open Data initiatives.
Environment Canada’s science is accessible to non-specialists through mechanisms such as EC Science Alert, traditional and social media.
Environment Canada’s science is produced in a timely manner, with the majority of R&D-using survey respondents (74%) assigning it a positive or neutral ranking.
Environment Canada’s science is adaptable, with the majority of survey respondents (78% R&D users, 84% R&D producers) assigning it a positive or neutral ranking.
The proportion of Environment Canada’s budget and total workforce devoted to S&T activities has remained relatively stable at around 60% over the past decade.
Environment Canada publishes across a diversity of scientific fields.
Environment Canada is a highly productive institution, publishing around 700 scientific peer-reviewed papers per year.
According to bibliometrics, the scientific impact of Environment Canada’s publications is well above world average.
Compared to other institutions, Environment Canada’s science is world-leading in Contaminants & Stressors (PA1) and Weather (PA2), in terms of productivity, scientific impact and specialization.
Environment Canada’s science is most impactful in Climate Change (PA3) and least impactful when it does not fall under one of the Science Strategy priority areas.
Environment Canada is highly collaborative, with nearly 90% of its publications co-authored with external partners.
Collaboration greatly increases the scientific impact of Environment Canada’s publications.
Canadian universities remain top national collaborators and American governmental institutions remain top international collaborators.
Environment Canada collaborates with Indigenous communities and provincial and territorial governments.