|2003/04 – 2005/06 SERVICE
Ministry of Forests
Summary of Related Planning Processes
Information Resource Management Plan
During the upcoming year, the more than fifty major computer applications
which now support ministry operations will be replaced with a new
suite of applications which conform better to the ministry’s current
business needs. Many of these new applications will have electronic
commerce capability, and thus have the potential to significantly
reduce the cost of doing business, both for the ministry and for
the forest industry. It is expected that some of these new applications
will allow users access to linked map and tabular data on the same
computer screen. This has been a major goal for more than a decade,
and will only be achieved with the help of the Ministry of Sustainable
Resource Management, which is responsible for the provincial spatial
While this major development effort is ongoing, the ministry will
also adopt centralized delivery of computer infrastructure and services.
A number of ministry staff have been transferred to the Common Infrastructure
Technology Services (CITS) Branch of the Ministry of Management
Services, and new administrative arrangements are being developed.
The ministry will be depending heavily on CITS for vital information
technology services. These new arrangements must accommodate the
significant reduction in size and number of the ministry’s distributed
As the ministry adopts new ways of doing business, principally
results based forest management practices, there will be a need
to train a large number of staff and forest industry participants.
This training will be delivered and tracked electronically, thus
reducing costs significantly while demonstrably improving effectiveness.
A major effort to conserve records in closing offices will continue
through the year, as will efforts to conserve material left by departing
employees. The increased number of litigation cases and Freedom
of Information requests will make the adoption of new record management
practices, including electronic record management, a high priority
for the Forest Service.
Human Resource Management Plan
To meet the goal of being effective forest stewards the Forest
Service will continue to implement its Human Resources (HR) Strategy.
The primary HR focus over the next year will continue be on Workforce
Adjustment and Transition, with the peak period expected to occur
and complete in the 2003/2004 fiscal year. While workforce adjustment
will see us lose a significant portion of our employee base, we
will continue to remain a large organization with demanding HR requirements.
Consequently, the following two years will see continued transition
and a re-strengthening of our remaining workforce resources. This
transition will also come at a time where a significant portion
of ministry staff will begin to be eligible for retirement. Balancing
these seemingly diametrically opposed priorities will require strong
leadership and commitment to managing our human capital.
As the Forest Service continues to redefine its business we will
focus on key core competencies and skill-sets that will be required
by our employees to move the organization forward. We will complete
the implementation of our new organizational structures that are
required to support our goals and objectives. Change management
training will continue to be a high priority to support managers,
supervisors and employees through this time of change.
Creating capacity — looking at both the present and the future
employee base continues to be key to our human resources sustainability.
This will necessitate a strong emphasis on leadership development,
employee learning and development, performance management, as well
as utilizing the diversity of our employees to maximize productivity
and effective program delivery.
Risk Management Plan
A formal comprehensive Risk Management Plan for the Ministry of
Forest will not be developed until 2004/05.
However, Risk management principles have been operational in the
ministry for many years in forest fire prevention and detection
plans and more recently in the Provincial Bark Beetle Management
Strategy. These plans manage risk associated with unforeseen emergencies
from fire and bark beetles, and attempt to minimize and mitigate
the potential increases to expenditure pressures associated with
The Ministry’s Compliance and Enforcement program has introduced
risk management inspection planning to ensure that the highest risk
sites and operators receive priority inspections. These inspection
plans seek to minimize and mitigate environmental risk, as well
as the loss of revenue due to illegal activity. Recognizing that
crime is subject to external factors encouraging or deterring crime
that can never be eliminated, more focus on loss of revenue will
be addressed in the expansion of future risk management plans.
Significant risks identified within MOF to achieving the objectives,
strategies and performance measures in this Service Plan include:
- The nature and settlement of the Softwood lumber dispute and
its impacts on return on investment, market access and revenues;
- The ability to move the substantial volume of business through
the policy and legislative agenda, which will determine when market
based pricing can be implemented;
- The ability of forest companies to undertake increased forest
management responsibilities for timber supply analysis, which
may impact AAC determination;
- The availability of workforce adjustment tools to achieve the
required organization transformation; and,
- The successful integration with the governments Shared Services
initiative and Human Resources agency.