2017-18 Departmental Plan
Minister's Message

The Honourable Jane Philpott, PC, MP
Minister of Health

The Honourable Jane Philpott

It is my pleasure to present to my colleagues in Parliament and to all Canadians the 2017-2018 Departmental Plan for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). Every day, the Government of Canada relies on the CFIA and its more than 6,000 employees to safeguard the health and well-being of Canadians. The CFIA does this by protecting plant and animal health, preventing food safety hazards, managing food safety investigations and recalls, and defending the marketplace from unfair practices.

Our 2017-18 Departmental Plan provides parliamentarians and Canadians with information on what we do and the results we plan to achieve during the upcoming year and beyond, to fulfill our mandate and the Government's priorities. To improve reporting to Canadians, we are introducing a new, simplified report to replace the old Reports on Plans and Priorities. The name of the report has been changed to reflect its purpose: to communicate our annual performance goals and the financial and human resources forecast needed to deliver those results. The report has also been restructured to tell a clearer, more straightforward and balanced story of the actual results we are trying to achieve while continuing to provide transparency on how taxpayers' dollars will be spent. We describe our programs and services for Canadians, our priorities for 2017-18, and how our work will fulfill our departmental mandate commitments and the government's priorities.

The CFIA is one of Canada's largest science-based regulatory agencies. The Agency works closely with its federal portfolio partners, Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada, to adopt a modern, preventive approach to protecting the health of Canadians. This approach is based on managing risk, using science and technology to their best advantage, and reflecting international standards. This Departmental Plan describes the many initiatives that the CFIA will advance during the 2017-18 fiscal year to support this modern, preventive approach.

In addition, a key priority for the CFIA is to develop and enhance its client services. Through the CFIA's new approach - where being a regulator also means being a service provider - the Agency is using digital tools to provide stakeholders and clients with better service. The CFIA continues to invest in more effective tools and resources, written in plain language, to make it easier for industry to understand and comply with the rules. I am confident that the CFIA is meeting the complex challenges of its plant health, animal health, and food safety mandate. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of its staff, the Agency continues to contribute in a meaningful way to the health and prosperity of all Canadians.

The Honourable Jane Philpott, PC, MP
Minister of Health

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