Cost Recovery Initiative: Consultation Document
4. CFIA services

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Currently, the CFIA Fees Notice has hundreds of fees, organized by commodity. Existing fees are complex, inconsistent, and defined differently for different commodities. For example, import inspections of eggs are charged a flat rate per shipment; import inspections of animals are charged per animal; and import inspections for plant commodities are charged by the lot. This means that the CFIA currently has multiple fees for the same service (such as inspection), often performed by the same inspectors and all charged on a different basis (e.g. by weight, by unit, by lot, by the hour). This leads to different amounts being charged for the same service.

Furthermore, many food commodities produced in or imported into Canada currently have no applicable fees (e.g. baked goods, oils, spices). Once the Safe Food for Canadians Act and regulations are in forceFootnote 1, the new requirements will apply to all food imported, exported or traded between provinces, and many previously non-federally registered commodities will require CFIA services for the first time.

To address the complexity and inconsistency in the current CFIA Fees Notice, the CFIA is proposing to streamline its list of services and to charge for the services on a consistent basis. As outlined in Table 1, this would include grouping services into nine service categories, each linked with either a flat rate or an hourly rate fee. The end result would be a reduction in the overall number of fees and a consistent basis upon which the Agency charges fees across its activities. The proposed service categories are also broad enough to cover new CFIA services that may arise in the future in response to changes in the operating environment.

Table 1 - Canadian Food Inspection Agency proposed service categories
Service Description Basis for fee
Application Process a permission or document request; which includes screening and assessment. Permissions include licenses, registrations, certificates, permits, etc. Flat Rate
Technical review Review, assessment and evaluation by CFIA subject matter experts of relevant materials (as needed) including (but not limited to) premises/product information, planning documents, data, etc. Hourly Rate
Requested Inspection Inspection done at request of regulated parties, either in support of a request for a permission for export, import or trade between provinces, in support of a product registration or for inspection pursuant to a work shift agreement. Hourly Rate
Follow-up inspection CFIA inspection activities carried out to ensure that a regulatory contravention or prior non-compliance has been corrected. Hourly Rate
Audit CFIA assessment and evaluation of adherence to certain program or system requirements. Hourly Rate
Requested Laboratory Test Testing that is done in a CFIA laboratory to support a permission for export, import or trade between provinces or a product registration. Flat Rate
Follow-up Laboratory Test Testing that is done in a CFIA laboratory as part of a follow-up inspection to ensure that a regulatory contravention or prior non-compliance has been corrected. Flat Rate
Official Document Issuance of an official document (license, registration, permit, certificate, etc) which may include preparation, signing or endorsement. Flat Rate
Technical Training Provision of CFIA training to third party/designated participants on inspection methods, testing methods, or other technical activities. Hourly Rate
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