2017-18 Departmental Plan
Spending and human resources

The following tables present the CFIA's total 2017-18 Planned Spending levels and full-time equivalents for the next three fiscal years (2017-18 to 2019-20). This excludes funding extensions that the Agency plans to pursue. The tables also show the 2017-18 Main Estimates amount for which CFIA will seek parliamentary approval.

Sunsetting programs are subject to government decisions to extend, reduce or enhance funding. The Agency will assess initiatives that are sunsetting and seek renewal, as required, to maintain and continuously improve Canada's strong food safety system, safe and accessible food supply, and plant and animal resource base. Following parliamentary approval, funding renewal decisions will be reflected in the Agency's budget authorities. Agency level information, including anticipated renewal of sunsetting resources, can be found in the Departmental spending trend graph.

For fiscal years 2014-15 and 2015-16, the information shown represents the actual expenditures, as reported in the Public Accounts and Departmental Performance Reports. For fiscal year 2016-17, the forecast spending and full-time equivalents represent the Agency's projected use of authorities at year-end. 2016-17 year-end authorities and actual expenditures will be reported in the 2016-17 Departmental Results.

Planned spending

Departmental Spending Trend. Description follows.
Departmental Spending Trend
2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20
Sunset Programs - - - 35.8 43.2 80.1
Voted 667.2 595.1 630.4 582.4 520.8 485.4
Statutory 181.3 154.2 141.2 129.6 127.0 123.4
Total / Forecasted 848.5 749.4 771.6 747.9 691.0 688.8
FTEs 6,138 5,901 6,031 5,691 5,469 5,156
Sunset Programs - FTEs - - - 330 367 661
Total / Forecasted - FTEs 6,138 5,901 6,031 6,021 5,836 5,817
Budgetary planning summary for Programs and Internal Services (dollars)
Programs and Internal Services 2014-15 Expenditures 2015-16
Expenditures
2016-17
Forecast spending
2017-18
Main Estimates
2017-18
Planned spending
2018-19
Planned spending
2019-20
Planned spending
Food Safety Program 421,520,442 376,113,531 394,336,688 348,722,065 349,600,493 302,688,731 292,616,400
Animal Health and Zoonotics Program 162,039,970 141,043,127 132,215,740 124,518,784 125,411,593 119,526,241 97,389,616
Plant Resources Program 90,262,195 79,807,062 84,449,649 78,138,366 78,664,213 76,076,780 75,956,733
International Collaboration and Technical Agreements 40,718,768 32,552,166 35,344,211 31,736,983 36,418,999 29,531,085 25,494,437
Subtotal 714,541,375 629,515,886 646,346,288 583,116,198 590,095,298 527,822,837 491,457,186
Internal Services 133,951,514 119,846,641 125,210,232 121,533,396 121,954,294 119,943,910 117,310,435
Total (excluding anticipated renewals) 848,492,889 749,362,527 771,556,520 704,649,594 712,049,592 647,766,747 608,767,621

Planned human resources

Human resources planning summary for Programs and Internal Services (full-time equivalents)
Programs and Internal Services 2014-15
full-time equivalents
2015-16
full-time equivalents
2016-17
Forecast full-time equivalents
2017-18 Planned full-time equivalents 2018-19 Planned full-time equivalents 2019-20 Planned full-time equivalents
Food Safety Program 3,250 3,155 3,185 2,890 2,732 2,627
Animal Health and Zoonotics Program 1,012 959 953 942 929 760
Plant Resources Program 737 703 698 688 678 678
International Collaboration and Technical Agreements 335 307 316 310 277 256
Subtotal 5,334 5,124 5,152 4,830 4,616 4,321
Internal Services 804 777 879 861 853 835
Total (excluding anticipated renewals) 6,138 5,901 6,031 5,691 5,469 5,156

The CFIA saw a spending increase in 2014-15, due to substantial one-time disbursements related to government-wide salary initiatives. As well, the Agency ratified all outstanding collective agreements. This resulted in significant one-time retroactive salary settlement payments and ongoing cost increases of approximately $30 million annually, which the CFIA absorbed. Given that 80% of the CFIA's annual operating expenditures support personnel costs, limited flexibility existed to realign non-personnel authorities. As a result, the Agency saw a decline in its full-time equivalent (FTE) complement in subsequent years.

The CFIA will also be required to absorb the retroactive and ongoing costs of upcoming collective agreement salary settlements related to fiscal years 2014-15 and 2015-16. Consequently, the Agency has included the estimated impacts of these upcoming costs on planned human resources for 2017-18 and future years.

The CFIA's planned spending is forecasted to peak again in 2016-17. This is mainly due to increased temporary resources for the Federal Infrastructure Initiative, Electronic Service Delivery Platform Initiative, and resources related to improved food safety for Canadians. In addition, the Agency realigned existing resources and full-time equivalents from the programs to Internal Services to comply with the April 2016 amendment to the Treasury Board requirements for classifying Internal Services activities.

In 2017-18, the Federal Infrastructure Initiative, the Electronic Service Delivery Platform Initiative, the incremental Budget 2016 resources and full-time equivalents related to improved food safety for Canadians, as well as, the Canadian agriculture and agri-food sector in seizing market opportunities and securing agriculture market access initiative will wrap up.

Projected resources for 2018-19 and 2019-20 are stable, based on anticipated funding renewals for programs that are sunsetting. The Agency will assess the level of resources required for these sunsetting initiatives and seek renewal, as required, to maintain and continuously improve Canada's strong food safety system, safe and accessible food supply, and plant and animal resource base.

In 2014-15 through to 2016-17, Agency full-time equivalents trend lower than the total and forecasted expenditures. This difference is due to significant actual and forecasted spending that would not increase full-time equivalents. One example of this spending is the significant one-time salary disbursements in 2014-15, related to the transition to salary payments in arrears and the cash out of accumulated severance. Other examples are the statutory compensation payments, made under the Health of Animals Act, as a result of the outbreak of Avian Influenza, 2015-16 and 2016-17 spending related to the implementation of the Federal Infrastructure Program and the Electronic Service Delivery Platform Initiative.

Estimates by vote

For information on the CFIA's organizational appropriations, consult the 2017-18 Main Estimates.

Future-Oriented Condensed Statement of Operations

The Future-Oriented Condensed Statement of Operations provides a general overview of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's operations. The forecast of financial information on expenses and revenues is prepared on an accrual accounting basis to strengthen accountability and to improve transparency and financial management.

Because the Future-Oriented Condensed Statement of Operations is prepared on an accrual accounting basis, and the forecast and planned spending amounts presented in other sections of the Departmental Plan are prepared on an expenditure basis, amounts may differ.

A more detailed Future-Oriented Statement of Operations and associated notes, including a reconciliation of the net cost of operations to the requested authorities, are available on the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's website.

Future-Oriented Condensed Statement of Operations
For the Year Ended March 31
(In thousands of dollars)
Financial information 2016-17
Forecast results
2017-18
Planned results
Difference
(2017-18 Planned results minus 2016-17 Forecast results)
Total expenses 876,524 808,983 (67,541)
Total revenues 52,525 52,687 162
Net cost of operations before government funding and transfers 823,999 756,296 (67,703)

The forecast results for fiscal year 2016-17 and planned results for fiscal year 2017-18 slightly differ. The difference noted in the expenses is mainly explained by the differences in the statutory authority and Treasury Board Secretariat rates used for the employee benefit plan, the increase in allowance for expired collective agreements for fiscal year 2016-17, and the sunsetting of programs in the Food Safety Program. The new capital spending authorities received through capital vote for the Federal Infrastructure Initiative (FII) and the Electronic Services Delivery Platform (ESDP) will increase the Agency's Capital Assets in the future and impact expenses when amortized. Note that the majority of the Agency's revenues are considered re-spendable via statutory authority. The Main Estimates figure for statutory revenues was therefore used as a base to estimate revenues earned for both 2016-17 and 2017-18.

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