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.
Departmental Spending Trend
|Total / Forecasted||848.5||749.4||771.6||747.9||691.0||688.8|
|Sunset Programs - FTEs||-||-||-||330||367||661|
|Total / Forecasted - FTEs||6,138||5,901||6,031||6,021||5,836||5,817|
|Programs and Internal Services||2014-15 Expenditures||2015-16
|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|
|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
|Programs and Internal Services||2014-15
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|
|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.
(2017-18 Planned results minus 2016-17 Forecast results)
|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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