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What is Alternative Service Delivery (ASD)?

An ASD arrangement is one in which an external party delivers programs or services that directly pertain to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's (CFIA) mandate and that would otherwise be delivered by the CFIA. External parties may include other federal government departments or agencies, other levels of government in Canada (provincial, territorial or municipal), foreign governments; and private and not-for-profit entities.

The CFIA retains responsibility for overseeing ASD arrangements to verify their compliance with conditions specified in the relevant arrangement.

Why does the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) use ASD arrangements?

Food safety and the protection of plant and animal resources are the first priorities when making decisions about ASD arrangements. However, the CFIA also recognizes that ASD arrangements can offer valuable benefits to both industry and the CFIA, such as:

  • efficiencies and innovation in program design,
  • flexibility,
  • access to specialized expertise, and
  • cost-effectiveness.

ASD arrangements can create efficiencies that help to enhance the CFIA's delivery of its core mandate.

Why is the CFIA developing an ASD Policy?

The CFIA is developing an ASD policy to encourage a coordinated and consistent approach for establishing and overseeing ASD arrangements for agency programs and services. This policy promotes rigorous analysis, consultation with stakeholders, effective oversight and thorough review processes for ASD arrangements.

What impact will the policy have on the timeliness of the development and approval of ASD arrangements?

Meeting the rigorous requirements of the ASD policy may require a moderate investment of time. However, the ASD policy also aims to improve the efficiency of developing ASD arrangements by providing a clear and standardized process.

Will this policy lead to more ASD arrangements being created in the future?

The CFIA has a number of ASD arrangements already in place and expects to create others in the future, as appropriate. The intent of the planned ASD policy is neither to encourage nor discourage the creation of more ASD arrangements, but rather to provide clear internal guidance to ensure that all CFIA ASD arrangements undergo consistent and rigorous analysis and are subject to appropriate oversight.

Why is the CFIA conducting consultations with respect the ASD policy?

The CFIA is consulting with stakeholders to ensure that stakeholder perspectives are considered when developing the policy.

How can I make my views on the ASD policy known?

Now that a draft ASD policy has been developed, the CFIA is consulting with stakeholders to seek feedback before the policy is finalized. The consultation began on April 20, 2015 and will remain open for 60 days, ending on June 19, 2015.

To participate in the consultation, please review the draft policy, complete the consultation questions and submit your responses.

Who can I contact for more information about the consultation?

For further information on this initiative, please send your inquiries to CFIA-Modernisation-ACIA@inspection.gc.ca or call toll-free 1-800-442-2342.

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