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Report on Annual Expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences (2014-2015)

As required by the Treasury Board Directive on Travel, Hospitality, Conferences and Event Expenditures, this report provides information on the total annual expenditures for each of travel, hospitality and conferences for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2015.

This information is updated annually and does not contain information withheld under the Access to Information Act or the Privacy Act.

Expenditures on travel, hospitality and conferences incurred by federal departments and agencies are related to supporting departmental mandate(s) and the government's priorities.

In particular, for the CFIA, this includes the delivery of the following core programs and/or services to Canadians:

  • The CFIA is dedicated to safeguarding food, animal and plant health, which enhances the health and well-being of Canada's people, environment, and economy.
  • The Agency is responsible for administering and enforcing 13 federal statutes and 38 sets of regulations, for regulating the safety and quality of food sold in Canada, and for supporting a sustainable plant and animal resource base.
  • The CFIA's activities include verifying the compliance of imported products; registering and inspecting establishments; testing food, animals, plants and their related products; and approving the use of many agricultural inputs. The CFIA also provides scientific advice, develops new technologies, provides testing services, and conducts regulatory research.
  • The CFIA has approximately 6,762Footnote 1 employees working across Canada in the National Capital Region (NCR) and in four operational areas (Atlantic, Quebec, Ontario and Western).
  • The CFIA's employees develop and deliver inspection and other services in order to:
    • Prevent and manage food safety risks;
    • Protect plant resources from pests, diseases and invasive species;
    • Prevent and manage animal and zoonotic diseases;
    • Contribute to consumer protection; and
    • Contribute to market access for Canada's food, plants, and animals.

Travel is essential for the delivery of these services.

Total annual expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Expenditure Category Expenditures for the year ending March 31, 2015
(in thousands of dollars)
Expenditures for the previous year ending March 31, 2014
(in thousands of dollars)
(in thousands of dollars)
Travel – Public Servants 12,070 16,216 (4,146)
Travel – Non-Public Servants 211 118 93
Total Travel 12,281 16,334 (4,053)
Hospitality 126 172 (46)
Conference Fees 144 245 (101)
Total 12,551 16,571 (4,020)
International Travel by Minister and Minister's Staff (included in Travel - Non-Public Servants) 0 0 0

Significant variances compared to the previous fiscal year.

Travel – Public Servants

Compared to fiscal year 2013-14 Agency requirements for public servants travel decreased, while other travel, hospitality and conference fees remained fairly static. The decrease in the Agency's travel expenditures by public servants in 2014-15 is mainly attributable to the following:

  • In 2014-15 the Agency continued to focus its efforts to reduce travel expenditures by: utilizing available technology (e.g. video conferencing), limiting meetings requiring travel, and monitoring delegate attendance.
  • In 2013-14, the Agency's travel costs were elevated due to efforts to support inspection modernization. A dedicated national team was mobilized to initiate the design of the modernized inspection process, which contributed to the increase.
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