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- Why are we doing this?
- Globalization and industry consolidation
- Shifting consumer landscape – aging population and increasing expectations
- Evolving production and processing technologies
- Emerging pathogens and diseases
- Increased knowledge of risk and systems-based approaches
- Advances in science and technology
- Modernization initiatives of trading partners
What is CFIA Transformation?
- A comprehensive agenda to strengthen our legislative foundation, regulatory programs and inspection delivery
- CFIA's transformation agenda is focussed on the four inter-connected pillars of the Safe Food for Canadians Action Plan:
- stronger safety rules;
- more effective inspection;
- commitment to service; and
- more information for consumers.
- Transformation efforts started with food, with plant and animal following
Modernizing the CFIA's Inspectorate
- To deliver modernized regulations and inspection modernization, the CFIA's inspectorate must be:
- Trained and knowledgeable;
- Technology-enab led and flexible;
- Predictable and consistent in decision making; and
- Organized and structured to carry out a consistent inspection approach across business lines
- The inspectorate must also have an organizational culture that is professional and is based on behaviours that demonstrate courage, rigour and respect
- To make this happen, the CFIA is:
- Focussing on inspector training and providing modern technology and tools;
- Providing clear, written, timely and readily-accessible operational guidance;
- Designing an organizational structure with centralized administrative and service functions to allow for improved service delivery;
- Promoting and reinforcing behaviours that are consistent with a culture based on courage, rigour and respect; and
- Engaging with staff, unions and stakeholders
Inspector Training & Tools
- The vision for training is a career-spanning learning path to develop the progressive competencies needed to resolve increasingly complex situations
- The CFIA has made significant investments to provide training and tools:
- Pre-Requisite Inspector Training (PREP) for new inspectors is operational and successful completion will be a mandatory requirement prior to appointment as an inspector;
- Piloting a national supervisor training program;
- Continuing to consolidate core and technical training to ensure consistency across the inspectorate; and
- "Rugged" devices have been distributed to the field to provide connectivity and promote mobility – will continue to provide and support portable and enabling technology for the inspectorate
- In a modernized environment, consistent program delivery and decision making is fundamentally important.
- To increase consistency and predictability in the delivery of programs and related enforcement decisions, improvements are being made to how operational guidance is provided to the field.
- Processes and approaches are being established in order to ensure that inspectors have easy access to clear, written and up-to-date operational guidance.
- Centralizing and streamlining this process will improve consistency in interpretation and predictability in decision making.
Structuring and Supporting the Inspectorate
- Inspection in the future would be team-based with broader inspection activities and capacity at different levels, promoting a focus on inspection decisions and relationship/leadership issues
- A modernized organizational structure includes building a service delivery culture by organizing into service units – for instance, the Centre of Administration and the National Import Service Centre
- Modernizing the organizational culture involves the promotion and reinforcement of expected and desired behaviours:
- Courage: making decisions based on established procedures and guidance and providing fearless advice
- Rigour: delivering responsibilities with thoroughness, diligence and consistency
- Respect: acting professionally, with courtesy and dignity
Looking to the Future
- A modern, flexible inspectorate – able to react to situations consistently and predictably
- An inspectorate aligned with the Agency's evolution towards more system-based and outcome-based oversight
- A workforce trained and prepared to deliver the Safe Food For Canadians Act, and modernized regulations
- A culture based on courage, rigour and respect
- By email: CFIA-Modernisation-ACIA@inspection.gc.ca
- By mail:
Strategic Partnerships Division
1400 Merivale Road, Tower 1
Floor 6, Suite 218
Ottawa, ON K1A 0Y9
Attn: Linda Webster
- By fax: 613-773-5606
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