CFIA's Strategic Priorities

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The CFIA's five strategic priorities support our course of continuous improvement in what we do and how we do it. They also help the Agency anticipate new challenges. Under each strategic priority are goals and how we plan to achieve them.

Modern Regulatory Toolkit

Goal

Outcome-based regulations and new compliance tools that focus on safety, allowing industry to innovate and the Agency to adapt in response to emerging risks

Modern regulatory toolkit

How the CFIA will meet this goal

Key Strategic Initiatives:

Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR)

The Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) will make our food system even safer by focusing on prevention and allowing for faster removal of unsafe food from the marketplace as well as help maintain and grow market access for Canada's agri-food and agricultural sector.

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AAFC Administrative Monetary Penalties Regulations (AMPs)

Proposed changes to AAFC Administrative Monetary Penalties Regulations (AMPs) will provide the CFIA with an additional enforcement response to regulated parties who are not in compliance with certain provisions of the Safe Food for Canadians Act (SFCA) and Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR).

Feeds Regulations

The proposed amendments will modernize the Feeds Regulations in order to reduce overlap and redundancy, increase responsiveness to industry changes, address gaps, weaknesses and inconsistencies.

Fertilizer Regulations

The proposed amendments to the Fertilizer Regulations would introduce a risk-based approach to regulatory intervention, and revise the scheme of exemptions from registration.

Food and Drug Regulations (Beer Standard and Ale, Stout, Porter or Malt Liquor Standard)

These proposed amendments to the Food and Drug Regulations would redefine the compositional standard for "beer" to better reflect innovation and market developments in brewing.

Health of Animals Regulations (HAR) and Administrative Monetary Penalties (AMPs)

The proposed amendments to the Administrative Monetary Penalties (Health of Animal Regulations) would allow Notices of Violation to be issued for the provisions that were added to the Health of Animals Act in 2012. Administrative monetary penalties are one of several enforcement options for the CFIA to respond to non-compliance with certain proposed requirements in the Health of Animals Regulations.

Compensation for Destroyed Animals Regulations (CDAR)

The proposed amendments to the Compensation for Destroyed Animals Regulations (CDAR) are required to align with the amendments to the Health of Animals Act (made in 2012) to allow the Minister to grant compensation for costs of disposal where an animal is destroyed during an event, such as a disease response.

Animal Disease Zoning and Administrative Monetary Penalties (AMPs)

The proposed amendments to the Animal Disease Zoning are necessary to match the changes to the Health of Animals Act made in 2012 and gave the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food the authority to use zoning as a tool for animal disease control, where it would be an appropriate response.

These proposed amendments would remove redundancies respecting eradication areas for certain animal diseases, ensure permits required by the newly introduced parts of the Act are issued on the same basis as the licences and permits required by the Health of Animals Regulations, and enable effective disease management controls using the 2012 zoning authorities.

Zoning is an internationally recognized disease control strategy whereby flexible, geographically defined areas are established for the purposes of eradicating or controlling an animal disease.

The proposing changes to the Health of Animals Regulations (zoning) are necessary to match the changes to the Health of Animals Act made in 2012.

Humane Transport (HT) and Administrative Monetary Penalties (AMPs)

The amendments to the Health of Animals Regulations (Humane transportation) would better align Canada's animal transportation regulations with current science, industry practices, World Organisation for Animal Health welfare standards, and societal expectations about the proper care and transport of all animals in Canada. The CFIA has completed a review and analysis of the feedback received and is now finalizing the proposed amendments to be published in the Canada Gazette, Part II.

The proposed amendments to the Administrative Monetary Penalties (animal transportation violations) would address animal transportation violations and also address several outstanding concerns identified by the Standing Joint Committee for the Scrutiny of Regulations.

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Livestock Identification & Traceability

Proposed amendments to the Health of Animals Regulations, Part XV Livestock identification and traceability would support the ability to trace animals and include requirements to identify and report the movement of bison, cattle, sheep and pig. Livestock identification and traceability is the ability to follow an item or a group of items - be it animal, plant, food product or ingredient - from one point in the supply chain to another, either backwards or forwards. Identification and movement reporting requirements for cattle, bison, sheep, pigs and farmed wild boars apply under the Health of Animals Regulations.

The proposed amendments to Administrative Monetary Penalties (Livestock traceability violations), as one of several enforcement options for the CFIA to respond to non-compliance, would broaden the identification and movement requirements to include goat and farmed deer and elk.

Integrated Risk Management

Goal

Better use of our data, reports and surveillance to identify trends, allowing us to focus on risk and support program design, planning, compliance and enforcement efforts

Integrated risk management

What is risk? Risk refers to the effect of uncertainty on objectives. Risk is an uncertain event or condition that, if it occurs, would have a negative effect on an objective.

How the CFIA will meet this goal

Key Strategic Initiatives:

Establishment-based Risk Assessment (ERA) Data Collection and ERA Results Integration

The CFIA has worked together with academia, industries and government partners to create the Establishment-based Risk Assessment (ERA) model which uses data and a mathematical algorithm to evaluate federally regulated food establishments in terms of the level of risk they represent to Canadian consumers.

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Comparative Risk Model

The Comparative Risk Model (CRM) is a tool developed by the Agency to compare the cost-effectiveness of control measures for risks across or within business lines.

Canadian Food Safety Information Network (CFSIN)

The Canadian Food Safety Information Network (CFSIN) is a federal initiative that will better anticipate, detect and respond to food safety events and emergencies, by connecting and coordinating federal, provincial and territorial (FPT) food safety and public health authorities.

Consistent and Efficient Inspections

Goal

An inspection approach carried out nationally in a fair, consistent and predictable manner that is focused on regulatory outcomes and supported by mobile tools and guidance

Consistent and efficient inspections

How the CFIA will meet this goal

Key Strategic Initiatives:

Standard Inspection Procedure (SIP)

The CFIA is now using a Standard Inspection Procedure (SIP) to make inspection and enforcement activities more consistent and predictable. Today, it's being successfully used by inspectors in the dairy, fish, greenhouse, fresh fruits and vegetables, oilseeds (feed) and specified risk material permitting programs.

The SIP provides operational guidance to inspect the preventive control plan of regulated parties. It contains food and commodity-specific guidance to assess preventive control plan elements and to conduct sampling and product inspection.

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Modernized Slaughter Inspection Program for Hogs

The Agency is testing a Modernized Slaughter Inspection Program for Hogs (MSIP-Hog). The new process would better incorporate advances in science and technology and industry compliance, without compromising food safety. This modern approach to slaughter has been used to inspect federally-registered poultry establishments for more than 15 years with excellent results. The MSIP-Hog pilot undertaking is a key initiative in the modernization of our inspection activities.

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Compliance Verification System (CVS) Updates in Meat

The Compliance Verification System (CVS) in Meat is a tool inspectors use to verify a registered establishment's compliance to Acts and Regulations. It provides efficient and uniform approach to compliance verification through specific tasks used by CFIA staff to conduct inspections.

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Mobile Rollout

The Agency is deploying digital tools to our front-line staff and replacing older technology and devices with new smartphones and tablets so that employees can expect better connectivity, collaboration and information sharing.

Digital-First Tools and Services

Goal

To equip industry with a full range of electronic services and information to comply with regulations and employees with the necessary tools to carry out their work effectively and efficiently

Digital-first tools and services

How the CFIA will meet this goal

Key Strategic Initiatives:

Online Services (My CFIA)

My CFIA is an online entry point that allows people who do business with the Agency to request, manage and track permissions such as licences, permits, registrations and export certificates by signing up for a secure online account.

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External Support (Enquiries Management)

Ask CFIA provides industry with one point of entry to ask questions to promote understanding and compliance with regulatory requirements.

Global Leader

Goal

To pursue improved international standards, fairness in trade practices, enhanced use of technology and regulatory cooperation

Global Leader

The CFIA supports international consensus to safeguard food, plant and animals, while supporting market access.

How the CFIA will meet this goal

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CFIA's International Strategic Plan

Refining the International Strategic Plan will articulate a more focused and strategic approach to the CFIA's international efforts so that we can deliver on our core mandate and government priorities.

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