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2018-19 – Departmental Plan
Minister's Message

Minister of Health
The Honourable Ginette Petitpas
Taylor, PC, MP Minister of Health

As the Minister of Health, I am pleased to present the 2018-19 Departmental Plan for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).

I know Canadians care deeply about the food they eat – where it comes from, how it's produced and its safety. Canada continues to be recognized as having one of the best food safety systems in the world, and the CFIA plays a key role in maintaining that global recognition. The CFIA has a broad mandate that encompasses food safety, animal health, plant protection and international market access. Still, the CFIA's main priority is preserving the health and safety of Canadians, and the Agency works 24/7 to fulfill that mandate.

In service to Canadians, the CFIA continues its collaborative work with Health Canada, the Public Health Agency of Canada, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, and other partners in government and industry, to achieve objectives important to CanadiansFootnote 1: including implementing food safety measures; managing food, animal and plant risks; responding to incidents and emergencies; and promoting the development of enhanced food safety and disease control systems.

The CFIA is continuously innovating to proactively position itself to address emerging food safety, animal health and plant health risks as well as rapid advances in technology, at home and abroad. The CFIA is committed to openness and transparency and engages with Canadians so the Agency can better respond to consumers.

The CFIA supports a healthy, and competitive, agriculture and agri-food industry through its capacity as a science-based regulator. The Agency monitors trends in the global marketplace and actively participates in the development of international science-based rules, standards, guidelines and policies. The Agency works on behalf of Canada's agriculture and agri-food sectors by helping to open or maintain access to markets – contributing to a healthy economy.

I am confident that the CFIA, with its thousands of dedicated employees working across Canada, is well positioned to deliver on Government of Canada priorities on behalf of all Canadians.

The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, PC, MP
Minister of Health

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