Phase one consultations: cost recovery initiative

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has extended the comment period for the phase one consultations on the cost recovery initiative. Submit comments and have your say by April 21, 2017.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is dedicated to safeguarding food, animals and plants, which enhances the health and well-being of Canada's people, environment and economy.

Committed to continuous improvement to better serve Canadians, the CFIA is proposing to streamline and update its cost recovery program. Our objectives are to support regulated parties in the food, plant and animal sector with greater consistency in fees, increased efficiencies and improve predictability in service delivery while aligning fees to better reflect the current costs of delivering service.

Currently, hundreds of sector-specific CFIA fees are in place, which creates complexity and inconsistencies in how fees are calculated. In addition, most of the CFIA's fees have not changed since the organization was created almost 20 years ago, but the cost of delivering services has increased with inflation and other factors.

To advance the cost recovery initiative, the CFIA is undertaking a two-phased consultation.

Phase one: From January 26 to April 21, 2017, the CFIA is seeking your input on:

  • a proposed list of services that allows fees to be charged consistently for similar CFIA services
  • proposed service standards for CFIA services
  • the appropriate level of cost sharing between regulated parties and taxpayers
  • impacts of potential fee increases on businesses

Phase two: The CFIA will provide stakeholders with a summary of feedback received during phase one consultations and specific fee proposals for each service.

To participate

Comments should be submitted by April 21, 2017 to:

Director – User Fees
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
1400 Merivale Road
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0Y9
or by email:

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