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CFIA Transformation

  • 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

Single Window Initiative Overview

  • The SWI is an economic facilitation component of the Beyond the Border Action Plan led by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA)
  • SWI Concept: A single window through which industry can electronically submit information pre-arrival to comply with Government of Canada import requirements
  • CBSA is working with nine participating government agencies (PGAs):
    • Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC), Environment Canada (EC), Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD), Health Canada (HC), Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), and Transport Canada (TC)
  • Five priority partners been identified as early adopters of the initiative: CFIA, Transport Canada, Health Canada, DFATD, NRCan

CFIA SWI Objectives

Canadian Food Inspection Agency Single Window Initiative Objectives. Description follows.
Description of Image - CFIA SWI Objectives

The images illustrate the CFIA SWI Objectives and are divided into three sections, each containing two images.

The Top Section

The first image is composed of a stick figure person wrapped in ribbon, followed to the right, by the text: Streamline processes and eliminate redundancy in collection of information from importers

This is then followed, to the right, by the image of scissors cutting through ribbon.

The Middle Section

The first image is composed of a person sitting at a desk that is covered in piles of files, followed to the right, by the text: Reduce paper burden by moving to electronic services

This is followed, to the right, by the image of a person sitting at a desk that is cleaned off and only a computer is present.

The Bottom Section

The first image is composed of a woman sitting at a desk with a computer, followed to the right, by the text: Improve information sharing and reporting capacity among government departments

This is followed, to the right, by the image of two computers with an arrow pointing from one computer to the next.

SWI – Integrated Import Declaration

  • The Integrated Import Declaration (IID) is the new electronic data interchange (EDI) message for the importation of commercial goods.
  • IID will replace current electronic message (OGD-PARS) service options.
  • IID includes:
    • data required for the CFIA to make a release recommendation to CBSA;
    • some data elements that are currently submitted to the CFIA via paper;
    • data fields that will support the implementation of the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations, e.g. licence number;
    • no new data

SWI – Commodity Identification

  • The CFIA has a commodity identification system:
    • It identifies CFIA regulated commodities and their associated import requirements;
    • It is embedded in the CFIA's Automated Import Reference System (AIRS); and
    • The SWI will continue to use this system
  • Initial analysis of existing commodity identifiers indicate that they will not provide benefits to the CFIA at this time, e.g. Global Trade Item Number (GTIN), Taxonomic Serial Number (TSN).
  • In 2016, the CFIA will carry out a commodity identification case study to examine the CFIA's commodity identification system.

SWI Implementation

Single Window Initiative Implementation. Description follows.
Description of Image - SWI Implementation

The image on this slide illustrates the SWI Implementation timeline. It consists of a bar that is divided into three sections.

The three sections include the following subjects, from left to right:

  • Current OGD-PARS;
  • OGD-PARS and IID;
  • IID

In between the subjects there are dividing lines with a target date indicated beneath each line.

Under the line between "Current ODG-PARS" and "OGD-PARS and IID", the target date is Dec 2014. Under the line between "OGD-PARS and IID" and "IID", the target date is TBD.

Above the bar, there is an arrowed bar starting from above the section "OGD-PARS and IID", pointing to the right, over the section "IID", with SWI Implementation written in it.


  • Current border process continues (OGD-PARS) until IID implementation

December 2014 (Transition)

  • IID goes live, importers will transition to IID

Full Implementation (TBD)

  • Sunset current service options
  • Full implementation of the IID
  • Notice to trade 4-6 months in advance

Next Steps

Leading to the SWI Production date of December 2014, key activities will be executed to support implementation for Trade:

  • Outreach and promotion of SWI through existing CBSA trade engagement forums as well as dedicated SWI information sessions.
  • Continue to engage trade stakeholders in design and development, with a particular focus on the data collection and process modernization requirements.
  • Continued CBSA and PGA engagement workshops with importers/brokers to walkthrough pre-border, at-border and post-border data requirements and process changes.
  • CBSA testing and certification of importers/brokers for EDI processing (beginning July 2014).


  1. What area(s) is/are working well today that you would like to see continue?
  2. What is your state of readiness with respect to the December 2014 implementation?
  3. Do you have any concerns relating to the December 2014 implementation?


CFIA Modernization

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    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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