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Food safety is a top priority for the Government of Canada. The Conference Board of Canada has rated Canada's food safety system number one out of 17 OECD countries.

The Government has made significant investments in the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) resulting in some of the highest funding levels in history.

These investments are giving the CFIA the tools its needs to ensure a strong food safety system including enhancing food inspection activities, hiring more inspectors, and developing further food safety regulations and standards.

Through Economic Action Plan 2014, the Government has announced resources to support the hiring of 200 additional inspectors over three years and other staff to further strengthen Canada's food safety system.

Since 2008, the Government of Canada has invested $727M in various food safety initiatives. This investment is evidence that food safety is a priority.

For more information regarding the Government of Canada's commitment to food safety, please refer to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's Departmental Performance Report (see Section 2.1. ­ Strategic Outcome: A Safe and Accessible Food Supply and Plant and Animal Resource Base).

CFIA Resources Dedicated to Food Safety-Related Activities

Bar graph - Spending on Food Safety-Related Activities.   Description follows.

Spending (in Millions) Dedicated to Food Safety-Related Activities
2011/12 2012/13 2013/14
Food safety-related activities 328.9 353.6 364.3
Total operating budget 737.7 782.1 805.8
Full-Time-Equivalents (FTEs) Dedicated to Food Safety-Related Activities
2011/12 2012/13 2013/14
Food safety-related FTEs 3,238 3,216 3,296
CFIA total 6,623 6,446 6,378
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