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Amendments to the Plant Protection Regulations (Newfoundland Quarantine Protocol)

Title or Working Title of the Regulatory Initiative

Amendments to the Plant Protection Regulations (Newfoundland Quarantine Protocol)

Description of the Objective

This proposed regulatory amendment would support a re-design of the Newfoundland Quarantine Program using a comprehensive risk-based approach. In Newfoundland, movement is currently restricted to four ports that are specified in the Regulations (Cornerbrook, Argentia, St. John's, and Port aux Basques). It is therefore prohibited to move a high risk article outside these identified areas. This proposal would permit the use of movement certificates for high-risk articles, such as used vehicles and equipment that could be, or is found to be, infested as a result of contact with soil. Inspection and cleaning of high risk articles would be moved inland and away from the ports, enabling more efficient and effective loading at terminals. These proposed changes would align the province of Newfoundland and Labrador with other areas of Canada regulated for the same pests using other regulatory tools.

Enabling Act

Plant Protection Act

Potential impacts on Canadians, including businesses

There may be business impacts. The "One-for-One" Rule and the Small Business Lens may apply. The CFIA is currently conducting analysis on the impact of the proposed changes.

Regulatory Cooperation Efforts (domestic, international)

The proposed changes are to align domestic regulatory requirements; therefore, regulatory cooperation is not applicable in this context.

Public Consultation Opportunities

It is anticipated these proposed amendments will be pre-published in the Canada Gazette, Part I in winter/spring 2021. A public comment period will be available for Canadians and other interested parties to provide feedback on the regulatory proposal.

The CFIA also plans to consult with the provinces and territories on how the proposed amendments would continue to protect Canada's plant resource base from the spread of soil borne pests present in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Departmental Contact

cfia.legislation-legislation.acia@canada.ca

Date the Regulatory Initiative was first included in the FRP

This initiative was first included in the 2017 to 2019 update.

For more information

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