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As required by the Treasury Board Directive on Management of Expenditures on Travel, Hospitality and Conferences, this report provides information on the total annual expenditures for each of travel, hospitality and conferences for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2014.

This information is updated annually and does not contain information withheld under the Access to Information Act or the Privacy Act.

Expenditures on travel, hospitality and conferences incurred by federal departments and agencies are related to supporting departmental mandate(s) and the government's priorities.

In particular, for the CFIA, this includes the delivery of the following core programs and/or services to Canadians:

  • The CFIA is dedicated to safeguarding food, animal and plant health, which enhances the health and well-being of Canada's people, environment, and economy.
  • The Agency is responsible for administering and enforcing 13 federal statutes and 38 sets of regulations, for regulating the safety and quality of food sold in Canada, and for supporting a sustainable plant and animal resource base.
  • The CFIA's activities include verifying the compliance of imported products; registering and inspecting establishments; testing food, animals, plants and their related products; and approving the use of many agricultural inputs. The CFIA also provides scientific advice, develops new technologies, provides testing services, and conducts regulatory research.
  • The CFIA has approximately 6,925Footnote 1 employees working across Canada in the National Capital Region (NCR) and in four operational areas (Atlantic, Quebec, Ontario and Western).
  • The CFIA's employees develop and deliver inspection and other services in order to:
    • Prevent and manage food safety risks;
    • Protect plant resources from pests, diseases and invasive species;
    • Prevent and manage animal and zoonotic diseases;
    • Contribute to consumer protection; and
    • Contribute to market access for Canada's food, plants, and animals.

Travel is essential for the delivery of these services.

Total annual expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Expenditure Category Expenditures for the year ending March 31, 2014
(in thousands of dollars)
Expenditures for the previous year ending March 31, 2013
(in thousands of dollars)
Change
(in thousands of dollars)
Travel – Public Servants 16,216 15,023 1,193
Travel – Non-Public Servants 118 226 (108)
Total Travel 16,334 15,249 1,085
Hospitality 172 202 (30)
Conference Fees 245 318 (73)
Total 16,751 15,769 982
International Travel by Minister and Minister's Staff (included in Travel - Non-Public Servants) 0 0 0

Significant variances compared to the previous fiscal year.

Travel – Public Servants

Compared to fiscal year 2012-13 Agency requirements for public servants travel increased, however, other travel, hospitality and conference fees decreased. The increase in the Agency's travel expenditures by public servants in 2013-14 is mainly attributable to:

  • The Agency is in the process of transforming how it delivers its mandated programs and activities to better meet the needs of today's consumer and industry. In order to initiate the design of modernized inspection programs a dedicated national team was mobilized, which contributed to increased travel expenditures. With these substantial changes for the Agency, face to face interactions with staff have expedited the design of new business processes to support government priorities for inspection modernization and the coming into force of the Safe Food for Canadians Act.
  • Further to the Agency transformation, an initiative to modernize and maintain one of the best food safety systems in the world, the Agency made a significant investment in the training of supervisors across Canada, resulting in increased travel costs.
  • The Agency increased its response to the Infectious Salmon Anaemia outbreak. In 2013-14 there were four major depopulation exercises that necessitated the rapid mobilization of personnel. As was also the case in 2012-13, the Agency incurred substantial travel costs in 2013-14 to monitor and control aquatic activities in the affected areas.
  • In accordance with the inspection verification team initiative, as announced in Budget 2013, teams commenced travel across the country to perform risk-based verifications at federally registered establishments. These new travel requirements also contributed to the increase.
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