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CFIA Population and Inspection Staff, from Agency Inception to March 2011

The chart below reflects the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA) total employee population each year beginning June 1997. Within the CFIA population (blue), there are additional breakdowns to reflect the number of inspection staff (orange) and within the inspection staff, the number of field inspection staff / inspectors (black).

The CFIA population represents all employees, including inspection staff, as well as additional essential positions relating to audit and evaluation, legal, human resources and corporate services.

Inspection staff includes the field inspection staff (as defined below) as well as a variety of other inspection positions such as chemists, risk assessors, supervisors and scientific researchers. These positions are crucial to the CFIA's inspection and enforcement responsibilities as they conduct tasks such as laboratory testing, food safety investigations and veterinary evaluation.

Field Inspection Staff includes front-line inspectors and inspection managers who work in food processing plants, import service centres and field offices across the country. This includes food safety inspectors for meat, fish, dairy, eggs, processed products, fruits and vegetables, labelling, as well as inspectors who specialize in food safety investigations. Field inspectors are responsible for animal health, plant health, as well as feeds, seeds and fertilizers.

Inspectors and Inspection Staff, from Agency Inception to March 2011
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  June
1997
March
1998
March
1999
March
2000
March
2001
March
2002
March
2003
March
2004
March
2005
March
2006
March
2007
March
2008
March
2009
March
2010
March
2011
CFIA
Population
4,698 4,469 4,502 4,688 4,869 5,467 5,585 5,754 5,858 6,121 6,585 6,961 7,053 7,272 7,544
Inspection
Staff
3,139 3,348 3,143 3,213 3,252 3,596 3,836 3,871 4,006 4,165 4,336 4,571 4,610 4,703 4,898
Inspectors /
Field Inspection Staff
1,845 1,947 2,073 2,189 2,199 2,409 2,552 2,573 2,691 2,823 2,914 3,030 3,228 3,342 3,502