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Canada creates a National Plant and Animal Health Strategy
The health of Canada's plant and animal resources will be strengthened by a new strategy currently in development by federal, provincial and territorial (FPT) governments, industry, academia, and non-governmental organizations, and facilitated by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. The strategy focuses on prevention-based approaches to risk management. In doing so, improvements in communication, coordination and collaboration between industry and FPT governments will harness and build the collective strengths of these sectors.
The strategy includes forestry, aquaculture, and apiculture industry associations at a national and provincial level, as well as other sectors that play a role in plant and animal health, such as academia, invasive species organizations, and scientific societies.
A national plant and animal health planning forum with various stakeholders was held in December 2016. The agenda included:
- Raising awareness through effective communications
- Exploring how to influence behaviour to safeguard plant and animal health
- Collecting and sharing information across plant and animal health systems
- Building and exercising Canadian and international networks and relationships
- Promoting a strong science base through coordinated research to support plant and animal health
Partners are currently finalizing the National Plant and Animal Health Strategy, which will be available for public consultation in spring 2017. The strategy will set a clear direction for plant and animal health and identify actions for industry and FPT governments to modernize and enhance their management of plant and animal health risks. When implemented, the strategy will provide advantages for all stakeholders, such as more proactive approaches to minimizing the threat of new pests and diseases in Canada's environment that might result from climate change. The strategy will also improve the sharing of risk-based information and best practices between groups who deal with plant and animal health, by connecting experts across the various fields.
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Consultation is a key activity of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). It supports open and transparent government. A number of consultations are underway over the course of winter 2017, including the proposed Safe Food for Canadians Regulations, cost-recovery, food labelling, among others. We encourage you to have a look at the complete list of consultation and engagement opportunities, become informed and have your say.
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