Info Source - Sources of Federal Government and Employee Information
Introduction to Info Source

Info Source: Sources of Federal Government and Employee Information provides information about the functions, programs, activities and related information holdings of government institutions subject to the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act. It provides individuals and employees of the government (current and former) with relevant information to access personal information about themselves held by government institutions subject to the Privacy Act and to exercise their rights under the Privacy Act.

The Introduction and an index of institutions subject to the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act are available centrally.

The Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act assign overall responsibility to the President of Treasury Board (as the designated Minister) for the government-wide administration of the legislation.

Background

Responsibilities

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency's (CFIA) plans and priorities link directly to the Government of Canada's priorities for bolstering economic prosperity, strengthening security at the border and of the safety of the food supply, protecting the environment and contributing to the health of Canadians.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is one of Canada's largest science-based regulatory agencies. The Agency's vision is to excel as a science-based regulator, trusted and respected by Canadians and the international community.

The CFIA's mandate is to safeguard food, animals, and plants, which enhances the health and well-being of Canada's people, environment, and economy. The CFIA has more than 6,000 professionals working across Canada in the National Capital Region and in four operational areas — Atlantic, Quebec, Ontario, and Western.  Every day, the Agency's employees help to safeguard plant and animal health, prevent food safety hazards, manage food safety investigations and recalls, and protect the marketplace from unfair practices.

The CFIA is headed by a president who reports to the Minister of Health.

Responsibilities:

The CFIA is responsible for administrating and enforcing 13 federal statutes and 38 sets of regulations, for supporting a sustainable plant and animal resource base, and for regulating the safety and quality of food sold in Canada.

In November 2012, the Safe Food for Canadians Act received Royal Assent. This new legislation, when fully in force, will bring into effect new regulations and provide the necessary legal framework for a more consistent approach to strengthening food inspection in Canada.

The Agricultural Growth Act received Royal Assent in February 2015, and most provisions have come into force. The Agricultural Growth Act modernizes and strengthens federal agriculture legislation, supports innovation in the Canadian agriculture industry, and enhances global market opportunities for Canadians.

The CFIA shares many of its core responsibilities with other federal departments and agencies, provincial, territorial, and municipal authorities, private industry, and other stakeholders. The CFIA works with its partners to implement food safety measures; manage plant, animal, and food risks, incidents, and emergencies; and promote the development of food safety and disease control systems to maintain the safety of Canada's high-quality agriculture, agri-food, aquaculture, and fishery products.

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