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As required by the Treasury Board Directive for the Management of Expenditures on Travel, Hospitality and Conferences, 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, 2012.

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 nutritional 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, animls, 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 over 7,200(1) employees working across Canada including in the National Capital Region (NCR) and in four operational areas (Atlantic, Quebec, Ontario and Western). Many of these staff are required to travel from place to place in order to do their work. These travel expenditures are included in the total expenditures for Travel - Public Servants on the next page.

Total annual expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency are summarized below:

Expenditure CategoryExpenditures for the year ending March 31, 2012 (a)Expenditures for the previous year ending March 31, 2011 (b)Variance
(a - b)
(in thousands of dollars)
Travel - Public Servants$14,175.00$16,459.00($2,284.00)
Travel - Non-Public Servants$171.00$214.00($43.00)
International Travel by Minister and Minister's Staff$0.00$0.00$0.00
Total Travel$14,346.00$16,673.00($2,327.00)
Conference Fees$273.00$272.00$1.00

Significant variances compared to the previous fiscal year.


Compared to fiscal year 2010-11, the decrease in the Agency's travel expenditures by public servants in 2011-12 is mainly attributable to:

  • Expenditure restraints for travel implemented by the Agency. As a result of these restraints, the Agency was required to find more efficient methods to deliver programs. Through the review of ground transportation policies, and the minimization of discretionary travel, more strategic methods for utilizing travel funds such as, reduced representation at meetings, the use of video and teleconferencing, and fleet sharing, were developed to increase the Agency's value for money.

(1) This number includes active, leave without pay, paid leave and suspended employees.

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