Report on Annual Expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences (2017-2018)

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, 2018.

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 safety and animal and plant health, which enhances Canada's environment, economy, and the health and well-being of its residents.
  • The CFIA administrates and enforces 14 federal statutes and 36 sets of regulations. In addition to supporting a sustainable plant and animal resource base, these statutes and regulations regulate the safety and quality of food and agricultural inputs sold in Canada, such as feed, seed, fertilizers, and veterinary biologics.
  • The CFIA has over 6,900Footnote 1 employees working across Canada in the National Capital Region (NCR) and in four operational areas (Atlantic, Quebec, Ontario and Western).
  • The CFIA develops program requirements, conducts laboratory testing, and delivers inspections and other services in order to:
    • Prevent and manage food safety risks;
    • Protect plant resources from regulated 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, animals and their products.

Travel is essential for the delivery of these services.

Travel, Hospitality and Conference Expenditures

Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Year ended March 31, 2018
Expenditure category Expenditures for the year ending March 31, 2018
(in thousands of dollars)
Expenditures for the year ending March 31, 2017
(in thousands of dollars)
Variance
Travel
Operational activities 8,449 N/A N/A
Key stakeholders 572 N/A N/A
Internal governance 389 N/A N/A
Training 2,674 N/A N/A
Other 1,134 N/A N/A
A. Total Travel 13,218 16,895 (3,677)
B. Hospitality 120 196 (76)
C. Conference fees 181 226 (45)
Total 13,519 17,317 (3,798)

Significant variances compared to the previous fiscal year.

In 2017-18 the CFIA requirements for travel for saw a significant decrease when compared to 2016-17. This decrease is largely due to:

  • In 2017-18 the CFIA entered the final stages of the Bovine Tuberculosis emergency outbreak in Alberta. In 2016-17 during the height of the emergency, travel requirements had increased significantly in order to deploy specialists required to support the investigation. In 2017-18 travel requirements for the Bovine Tuberculosis outbreak reduced significantly; and,
  • The Government of Canada Budget 2016 Reduction to Professional Services, Travel and Advertising initiative.
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