Ministerial Appointments

We know that our country is stronger and our government more effective when decision-makers reflect Canada's diversity. Moving forward, the Government of Canada will use an appointment process that is transparent and merit-based, strives for gender parity, and ensures that Indigenous Canadians and minority groups are properly represented in positions of leadership. We will continue to search for Canadians who reflect the values that we all embrace: inclusion, honesty, fiscal prudence, and generosity of spirit. Together, we will build a government as diverse as Canada.

Ministerial Advisory Board

The Ministerial Advisory Board (MAB) is established under Section 10 of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency Act.

The mandate of the Ministerial Advisory Board is to advise the Minister of Health Canada on:

  • issues relevant to Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) activities, and
  • the Minister's responsibilities for the overall direction of the CFIA.

The Board will focus on discussing a variety of topics, including:

  • the strategic direction and priorities of the CFIA as reflected in its key planning documents,
  • the policy and program frameworks that govern CFIA operations,
  • the effects of developments in science and testing methods, and
  • the systems for communicating and consulting with stakeholders.

The Board will consider issues requested by the Minister, and the Minister may direct the Board to consider and provide advice on any issue consistent with the mandate of the Board.

The Board shall provide impartial and independent advisory services and make recommendations in support of the Board's mandate.

The Board will be composed of not more than twelve (12) members, including ex-officio members that collectively represent a broad base of knowledge in the federal regulatory system in the capacity of food, plant and animal health.


The committee's members occupy diverse senior positions or are experts in their field in the public, private and academic sectors.

Applications have been received and are currently under review.

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