Report on Annual Expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences (2016-2017)

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, 2017.

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 34 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.

Total annual expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Expenditure Category Expenditures for the year ending March 31, 2017
(in thousands of dollars)
Expenditures for the previous year ending March 31, 2016
(in thousands of dollars)
Change
(in thousands of dollars)
Travel – Public Servants 16,651 11,992 4,659
Travel – Non-Public Servants 244 235 9
Total Travel 16,895 12,227 4,668
Hospitality 196 125 71
Conference Fees 226 218 8
Total 17,317 12,570 4,747
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:

There is a significant variance in travel expenses for public servants. This is largely due to the Bovine Tuberculosis emergency in the Alberta and increased travel to deliver on new initiatives such as: Improve access to international markets for Canadian agricultural products and Improve food safety for Canadians.

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