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Evaluation of AgriMarketing, Stream D: Assurance Systems – Summary Report

March 30, 2017

Purpose

To present the evaluation report and management response and action plan for approval.

About the Program

Evaluation Scope and Methodology

Evaluation Findings

Relevance

Effectiveness

Efficiency

Recommendations and Management Response/Action Plan

Recommendation 1

Moving forward in designing the Assurance System program under the Next Policy Framework, Programs Branch, in working with the Market and Industry Services Branch and the Strategic Policy Branch, should foster closer collaboration and coordination with provincial and territorial governments and industry to:

Management Response and Action Plan 1

Agreed. Programs Branch agrees that closer collaboration and coordination with provincial and territorial governments will facilitate the implementation of assurance systems and standards and will encourage greater awareness of the program. Programs Branch will revisit the mandate and operation of the existing Federal, Provincial and Territorial Assurance Coordination Working Group to further position it to be a forum for greater information sharing and consultation regarding program design, delivery, performance and project implementation.

Recommendation 2

In support of the commitment made by the FPT agriculture Ministers in 2006 to phase in the livestock component of the National Agriculture and Food Traceability System, the Market and Industry Services Branch, in partnership with CFIA, should ensure that the Traceability National Information Portal is available to authorized industry and governments following the implementation of new regulations.

Management Response and Action Plan 2

Agreed. MISB will continue to work with the CFIA through the Traceability National Information Portal Management Committee to ensure integration of industry and provincial data systems. A User Acceptance Test (UAT) is planned to take place near the end of March 2018 to ensure all system integrations have been completed successfully.

Recommendation 3

In the event that an MOU is established between AAFC and CFIA for the Next Policy Framework, Programs Branch should build upon the effective communication channels that already exist and ensure that shared responsibilities are clearly defined.

Management Response and Action Plan 3

Agreed. Programs Branch agrees that leveraging existing communication channels will benefit the development of the MOU between AAFC and CFIA for the Next Policy Framework.

Programs Branch will review the existing communication channels and will adjust or reorient these channels if or as required to ensure roles and responsibilities between program, service and policy areas are clearly established and documented in the MOU with CFIA.

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