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Proactive Disclosure

The Government of Canada is working hard to enhance the role of Parliament and the proactive disclosure of information so that Canadians are better able to hold Parliament, their Government, and public sector officials to account.

To this end, the Government announced the mandatory publication on departmental web sites of travel and hospitality expenses for selected government officials; contracts entered into by the Government of Canada for amounts over $10,000 (with only limited exceptions such as national security) and grants and contributions over $25,000.


On March 23, 2004, the government announced a new policy on the mandatory publication of contracts over $10,000. Every three months we will be reporting contracts awarded by the institution in the previous three months.

Disclosure of Wrongdoing

The Public Servants Disclosure Protection Act (PSDPA), which came into force on April 15, 2007 following the passing of the Federal Accountability Act in December 2006, requires all departments and agencies to make an internal disclosure process available to their staff for reporting allegations of wrongdoing. The Agency has established such an internal disclosure process. The PSDPA also requires each chief executive to promptly provide public access to information on founded cases of wrongdoing investigated in accordance with the Act.

Grants and Contributions

On October 21, 2005, the Government announced its commitment to proactively disclose the awarding of grants and contributions over $25,000 as part of its Management Improvement Agenda. Every three months this Web site will be updated to include information on grants and contributions awarded in the previous fiscal year quarter.

Position Reclassifications

On December 16, 2003, the Treasury Board announced a freeze on reclassifications as a measure to control costs and minimize disruption during the transition of government. On February 25, 2004, the government announced it was lifting the freeze on reclassifications and introduced the mandatory publication of information concerning the reclassification of occupied positions as part of its framework to promote greater transparency and accountability throughout the government of Canada.

Although this new framework was aimed primarily at departments and agencies where the Treasury Board is the employer, given its objectives of transparency and increased accountability, the CFIA has decided to adopt this approach.

Public Opinion Research

It is now a legal requirement for institutions to send written Public Opinion Research (POR) reports to Library and Archives Canada (LAC) within six months of completion of data collection to make them available to the public.

Travel and Hospitality

On December 12, 2003, the Prime Minister announced a new policy on the mandatory publication of travel and hospitality expenses for selected government officials. This web page provides information on the travel and hospitality expenses incurred by senior employees at the President, Executive Vice-President, Vice-Presidents and equivalent levels of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency according to the Treasury Board Secretariat Proactive Disclosure: Transparency and Accountability Guidelines.