The Canadian Food Inspection Agency's (CFIA) Evaluation Directorate is responsible for evaluating the relevance and performance of Agency programs, policies and initiatives. This effort supports informed decision-making and enhances performance and accountability.
The Evaluation Directorate is accountable to the CFIA's Performance Measurement and Evaluation Committee, chaired by the President. All evaluations must be reported to the Performance Measurement and Evaluation Committee and must be conducted in accordance with the Treasury Board's Policy on ResultsFootnote 1. Evaluation projects are selected during an annual Agency planning process, and then reflected in the Agency's Evaluation Plan, which is approved by the Performance Measurement and Evaluation Committee.
The Evaluation of the Meat Programs covered all four program components; the domestically
produced and distributed products, imported products, exported products, and recalls. The Meat Programs comprise a major part of the CFIA's activities, with an annual budget that ranged from $207 million in 2010-11 to $301 million in 2014-15, and from 30-36 per cent of the Agency's overall expenditures.
This evaluation focused on the operation of the Meat Programs over the five-year period from 2009-14 (the "study period"), with some data included from 2014-15. Data collection methods included: