Regulations amending the Plant Protection Regulations (Newfoundland Quarantine Protocol)

Title or Working Title of the Regulatory Initiative

Regulations amending the Plant Protection Regulations (Newfoundland Quarantine Protocol)

Description of the Objective

The Plant Protection Regulations regulate the movement of soil, and items that could be contaminated with soil, for plant protection risks across Canada. The objectives of the plant protection program within the CFIA are to prevent the introduction and spread within Canada of plant pests of quarantine significance, (i.e., a pest that is injurious to plants or plant products and is of potential economic importance and is subject to official controls) to detect and control or eradicate designated plant pests in Canada. This amendment would support a re-design of the Newfoundland Quarantine Program, using a comprehensive, risk-based approach including movement certificates for high-risk articles that would align with other areas of Canada regulated for the same pests.

The regulatory amendment would allow articles identified in item 49 of Schedule II (such as used vehicles and equipment that are infested or likely to be infested as a result of contact with soil) to leave the province of Newfoundland and Labrador from any point of exit with a movement certificate and not only the four ports (i.e., Cornerbrook, Argentia, St. John's, and Port aux Basques) currently specified in the Schedule. Inspection and cleaning of high risk articles would be moved inland and away from the ports enabling more efficient and effective loading at terminals.

Enabling Act

Plant Protection Act

Indication of Business Impacts

There may be business impacts. The "One-for-One" Rule and the Small Business Lens would apply.

Public Consultation Opportunities

The CFIA 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 to discuss how to better address water and soil conservation and development issues.

It is anticipated these proposed amendments will be pre-published in the Canada Gazette, Part I in Fall 2018. A public comment period will be available for Canadians and other interested parties to provide feedback on the regulatory proposal.

Departmental Contact

For more information

To learn about upcoming or ongoing consultations on proposed federal regulations, visit the Canada Gazette and Consulting with Canadians websites.

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