2014-15 Departmental Performance Report

Analysis of Programs by Strategic Outcome

Program 1.5 - Aquatic Animal Health


In collaboration with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Fisheries and Oceans Canada is responsible for co-delivering Canada's National Aquatic Animal Health Program. The objective of the program is to protect against the introduction or spread of serious infectious disease in wild and cultured aquatic animals. Detection and reporting of aquatic animal diseases of national and international importance in wild and cultured aquatic animals is imperative to prevent or control serious disease outbreaks. An integrated approach to aquatic animal health protects the health of Canada's aquatic resources, wild and farmed, and provides greater economic stability and potential for growth for the industries and regions that depend on these resources. Preventing the spread of aquatic animal diseases within Canada and guarding against the introduction of serious infectious aquatic animal diseases is critical to safeguarding the health of Canada's aquatic resources and our export markets for fish and seafood products. Fisheries and Oceans Canada's scientific expertise provides scientific advice, diagnostic testing and research. Knowledge derived through science informs the certification of aquatic animal health status in support of the Canadian fish/seafood trade, market access, and the delivery of federal responsibilities under the Health of Animals Act and the Fisheries Act.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

Main Estimates Planned Spending Total Authorities Available for Use Actual Spending Difference (actual minus planned)
5,564,900 5,564,900 6,301,222 6,108,151 543,251

Human Resources (full-time equivalents)

Planned Actual Difference
(actual minus planned)
53.0 47.5 -5.5

Performance Measurement

Expected Results Performance Indicator Target Actual Results
Decision-makers have access to diagnostic test results for the regulation of aquatic animal health Percentage of criteria completed in support of Standards Council of Canada International Organization for Standardization 17025 accreditation for each of the three Fisheries and Oceans Canada National Aquatic Animal Health Laboratory System laboratories 100% by March 31, 2015 100%
Percentage of tests completed for submitted fish samples at Fisheries and Oceans Canada National Aquatic Animal Health Laboratory System laboratories 100% by March 31, 2015 70%
Decision-makers have access to scientific knowledge and advice to support the regulation of aquatic animal health Percentage of research project reports that are available to decision-makers 90% by March 31, 2015 92%

Performance Analysis and Lessons Learned

Overall, the three diagnostic laboratories completed 100% of their respective criteria for ISO accreditation.

The Program completed 70% of tests for submitted fish samples within identified turnaround times. Due to a large number of test requests by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), including requests for tests which have yet to be implemented, a significant quantity of testing has been deferred into next fiscal year. In addition, it was a priority for both Fisheries and Oceans Canada and CFIA to have all three National Aquatic Animal Health Laboratory System (NAAHLS) diagnostic laboratories apply to the Standards Council of Canada by the end of this fiscal year to achieve ISO 17025 accreditation. This objective was met; however, this necessitated the dedication of laboratory resources which negatively impacted the NAAHLS diagnostic capacity. These delays were communicated to CFIA and the potential impacts were discussed and agreed upon.

A total of 65 milestones were identified through nine funded research projects; 60 of these milestones were achieved as planned. The result for this indicator has improved when compared to the previous year due to better planning and tracking of the research projects.