2016-2017 Departmental Results Report
Results at a glance
Through its day-to-day activities, the CFIA performs these functions:
- Safeguarding and strengthening Canada's food supply system;
- Protecting animal and plant health;
- Supporting market access for Canada's food, plant and animal products; and
- Enhancing service delivery to industry and the public.
The CFIA performs these functions by developing and administering regulations that are monitored and enforced.
In 2016-17, the CFIA focused its activities in the following three areas:
Strengthening Food Safety and Consumer Protection, and Protecting Animal and Plant Health
- Conducting a total of 27 facility verifications in the United Kingdom, Portugal, Greece, Italy and the Philippines as part of the Agency's proactive offshore preventative activities to assist trading partners in complying with Canada's import food regulations.
- Responding to emerging events, such as low pathogenic avian influenza and bovine tuberculosis in Alberta.
- Finalizing amendments in the tool used by the CFIA to identify and categorize new weed species (Weed Seed Order) to limit the introduction of new types of weed seeds into Canada through seeds sold.
- Engaging with thousands in person and virtually on the proposed Safe Food for Canadians Regulations, and providing an overview of the proposal and the available tools, resources and guidance materials.
- Receiving over 11,000 comments for consideration from stakeholders regarding amendments to the health of animals regulations to improve the well-being of animals during transportation.
Supporting Market Access
Achievements included the following:
- Signing the following three arrangements that allow for the safe and fair trade of animals and animal products to continue in the event of an animal disease outbreak:
- an arrangement to provide participating countries with a supplementary emergency response team in the event of an animal disease outbreak – signed by Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States.
- an arrangement to share foot and mouth disease vaccines – signed by Australia, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand and the United States.
- an arrangement to manage biosecurity risks while minimizing trade disruptions in the event of a foreign animal disease outbreak in a participating country – signed by Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States.
- Continuing to work with the United States on regulatory cooperation and a shared vision for plant health, including agreement on technical requirements for the Greenhouse Certification Program, to be implemented in both countries. This program will align requirements in Canada and the United States and facilitate the movement of greenhouse plants.
Enhancing Service Delivery
The CFIA's achievements include the following:
- Implementing a secure and convenient entry point to access CFIA online services (My CFIA) portal in January 2017. The CFIA began making some of its services available to its regulated parties online through "My CFIA." The first release enables the dairy sector to apply or renew establishment registrations online.
- Launching a one point of entry to ask questions to help you understand and comply with regulatory requirements ("Ask CFIA") in July 2016, with the dairy, fish and seafood, and fresh fruits and vegetables sectors. "Ask CFIA" provides a simple interface that allows CFIA clients to contact the Agency for clarification of regulations on Canada's food safety, animal health and plant health.
- Increasing the Agency's social media presence by launching a new YouTube Channel in September 2016. Since the launch of the YouTube page, CFIA followers have increased across social media platforms by 42%.
- Developing a strategy for targeted food recalls.
The total resources used by the Agency for 2016-17 are as follows:
- 6,101 Actual Full-Time Equivalents (FTEs)
- $785,911,860 Actual Spending
For more information on the CFIA's plans, priorities and results achieved, see the "Results: what we achieved" section of this report.
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