Safe Food for Canadians Regulations

Title or Working Title of the Regulatory Initiative

Safe Food for Canadians Regulations

Description of the Objective

The Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) would replace the current regulations made under the Canada Agricultural Products Act, the Fish Inspection Act, the Meat Inspection Act, and the food-related provisions of the Consumer Packaging and Labelling Regulations. The regulatory framework would create food inspection regulations with consistent, internationally recognized requirements for all food commodities imported or traded inter-provincially. It builds on the policy direction articulated in the Improved Food Inspection Model for which consultations concluded in May 2013. The SFCR would support market access for Canadian exporters by keeping pace with food safety modernization efforts in other countries and by strengthening Canada's reputation for having a world class food safety controls system.

Enabling Act

Safe Food for Canadians Act

Indication of Business Impacts

There would be business impacts. The "One-for-One" Rule and the Small Business Lens would apply. The estimated total administrative cost increase would have an annualized value of approximately $11.4 million. A flexible option is provided for small businesses that are involved in importing food, or preparing food for export or for interprovincial trade. The estimated total cost savings for these small businesses from the flexible option would have an annualized value of approximately $53.2 million.

Public Consultation Opportunities

These amendments were pre-published in the Canada Gazette, Part I on January 21, 2017. A public comment period of 90 days, which closes on April 21, 2017, is available for Canadians and other interested parties to provide feedback on the regulatory proposal.

In 2013, 2014 and 2015, the CFIA held consultations on the regulatory framework for bringing the Safe Food for Canadians Act into force. During the summer of 2015, the CFIA engaged extensively with micro and small businesses to better understand the potential impact for these businesses. The Agency also released proposed regulatory text that consolidated the food regulations. Altogether, more than 10,000 stakeholders were engaged and responded by sending in over 100 detailed submissions on the overview of the proposed regulations.

Final publication of the regulations in the Canada Gazette, Part II is anticipated in Winter/Spring 2018.

Departmental Contact

For more information

To learn about upcoming or ongoing consultations on proposed federal regulations, visit the Canada Gazette and Consulting with Canadians websites.

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