Report on Plans and Priorities 2014-15

Analysis of Programs by Strategic Outcome

Program 1.5 - Aquatic Animal Health

Description

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)

2014-15
Main Estimates
2014-15
Planned Spending
2015-16
Planned Spending
2016-17
Planned Spending
5,564,900 5,564,900 5,445,580 5,445,580

Human Resources (full-time equivalents)

2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
53.0 53.0 53.0

Performance Measurement

Expected Result Performance Indicator Target Date to be Achieved
Decision makers have access to diagnostic test results for the regulation of aquatic animal health Percentage of criteria completed in support of SCC ISO 17025 accreditation for each of the three Fisheries and Oceans Canada National Aquatic Animal Health Laboratory System Laboratories 100% March 31, 2015
Percentage of tests completed for submitted fish samples at Fisheries and Oceans Canada National Aquatic Animal Health Laboratory System Laboratories 100% March 31, 2015
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% March 31, 2015