Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Good afternoon, Ms. Pelletier.
Your work is extremely important, especially when it comes to the health of the public.
You mentioned in your speech that the Enforcement Branch has enhanced its capacity for conducting investigations. However, one witness told us that Environment and Climate Change Canada has conducted fewer investigations under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act and that there has been a decrease in the number of inspections.
For example, in 2014-15, there were 4,915 inspections, while in 2018-19, there were 1,608. In addition, there were 60 investigations in 2014-15, compared to 16 in 2018-19, which were therefore conducted prior to the pandemic.
What explains this significant drop in the number of investigations?