Safe Food for Canadians: Strengthening Canada's Food Safety System

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is committed to strengthening Canada's world-class food safety system. This includes fully bringing into force the Safe Food for Canadians Act (SFCA) through new regulations—the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations.

These new regulations, once in force, would provide more modern and consistent requirements for all foods imported, exported and traded between provinces by:

  • consolidating and streamlining requirements from several pieces of existing legislation and across sectors; and
  • introducing an outcome-based approach to food safety rules, where possible.

Consulting with Canadians

Consumers and food businesses will have an opportunity to provide feedback on the proposed regulatory approach when the draft Safe Food for Canadians Regulations are published in Canada Gazette, Part I. This formal public consultation is an important part of the process of bringing the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations into force.

How you can get ready

Understanding the proposed requirements and what it could mean for your food business are the first steps toward being ready to provide informed feedback during the official public comment period.

Learn more:

  • Find out about our progress to date in bringing into force the SFCA and its regulations.
  • Review our resources to learn more about the three key features of the proposed regulatory approach.
    1. Licensing – to know who is involved in preparing food, what they are producing, and communicate directly with these businesses to share important information.
    2. Preventive food safety controls – to ensure all businesses preparing, importing, or exporting food understand and control the potential hazards associated with their products and processes by having, where applicable, a written preventive control plan.
    3. Traceability – to trace a food one step forward and one step back so that unsafe food can be removed quickly from the market.

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