Departmental Plan 2017-2018
Status Report on Transformational and Major Crown Projects

Project Name: Electronic Manifest (eManifest)

Description

eManifest is a major transformative initiative and part of the overall measures the Government of Canada is putting in place to enhance the safety and security of Canadians as well as international trade while streamlining cross-border processes. When fully implemented, eManifest will require carriers, freight forwarders, and importers in all modes of transportation to electronically transmit advance commercial information to the CBSA within prescribed mode-specific time frames.

Project outcomes

Industrial benefits

Sponsoring department

Canada Border Services Agency

Contracting authority

Participating departments

Not Applicable (N/A)

Prime contractor

N/A

Major subcontractors

IBM, Emerion

Project phase

Execution Phase

Major milestones

The eManifest planned milestones include the completion of six deployments:

Accomplished:

Planned:

Progress report and explanation of variances

Treasury Board approved eManifest project authority of $415 million.

The eManifest project plan is tracking deliverables and milestones against a revised project plan approved in June 2014. The project is expected to be completed by September 2017 within the approved project authority.

Project Name: CBSA Assessment and Revenue Management Project (CARM)

Description

The CARM project will modernize and transform the systems and processes that support the assessment and collection of revenue from importation activities, and for reporting on revenue information and trade data. CARM will support a number of business improvements needed to address inefficiencies with current systems and processes and also meet key Government of Canada (GC) objectives for "red tape" reduction.

When fully implemented, CARM will provide the CBSA with a modernized and transformed financial management regime focused on providing client-based services and processes, including an accrual system of accounting to ensure CBSA's compliance with the GC's Financial Information System. CARM will additionally facilitate CBSA’s capacity to sustain a control-based audit and meet the requirements under the Treasury Board Secretariat's (TBS) Policy on Internal Controls.

CARM plans to modernize, transform and reduce administrative burdens by the very way it interacts with its clients through automation and the development of smart tools for both clients and CBSA employees to use. CARM will remove administrative burdens associated with business reporting of trade information and improve transparency, predictability, accountability and overall performance. Furthermore, CARM will develop new assessment processes and tools to modernize the CBSA's revenue management and trade programs.

Implementing CARM will address the following business needs in support of CBSA and government-wide priorities and plans:

The CARM project is included in the TBS's oversight portfolio of major Information Technology (IT)-enabled projects.

CARM is dependent on, or has linkages to, the CBSA's eManifest Project and the Beyond the Border Action Plan on Perimeter Security and Economic Competitiveness. Elements common to eManifest and CARM, i.e., identification and authentication, information warehouse, and data acquisition and notification will be used to maximize economies of scale and minimize duplication of effort. CARM will harmonize and streamline the CBSA's revenue accounting and reporting processes.

Project outcomes

Industrial benefits

The CARM project will benefit commercial clients and Canadian businesses by:

Sponsoring department

Canada Border Services Agency

Contracting authority

Participating departments

Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)
Shared Services Canada (SSC)
Treasury Board Secretariat (TBS)

Prime contractor

To be determined.

Major subcontractors

To be determined.

Project phase

CARM is currently in the Planning phase for CARM Phase 2.

In October 2014, the Accounts Receivable Ledger (ARL) project was consolidated with the CARM project. The ARL project was implemented in January 2016 as the first release of CARM.

Major milestones

CARM Phase 1 (Complete)

Major Milestones 2014–15 and 2015–16

CARM Release 1 included the following deployments: Client Master Data, e-payments for customs self-assessment (CSA) clients, ARL, including e-payments for all commercial clients.

CARM Phase 2 (In Process)

CARM Phase 2 includes the execution - in partnership with PSPC - of a collaborative procurement (“Smart Procurement”) to select a vendor partner for design, implementation and ongoing technical operational support of CARM, and completion of a Treasury Board (TB) submission to obtain necessary authorities to enter into a contract with the selected vendor.

Major milestones 2016–17 and 2017–18:

Progress report and explanation of variances

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