Regulations amending the Agriculture and Agri-food Administrative Monetary Penalties Regulations (Safe Food for Canadians Regulations Safe Food for Canadians Regulations and Safe Food for Canadians Act)

Title or Working Title of the Regulatory Initiative

Regulations amending the Agriculture and Agri-food Administrative Monetary Penalties Regulations (Safe Food for Canadians Regulations and Safe Food for Canadians Act)

Description of the Objective

With the proposed introduction of the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR), amendments to the Agriculture and Agri-Food Administrative Monetary Penalties Regulations are being proposed to introduce administrative monetary penalties (AMPs) for failure to comply with certain requirements of the SFCR and Safe Food for Canadians Act. If the regulatory proposal is approved, CFIA inspectors would be authorized to issue notices of violation for non-compliance with 310 violations that would be designated in respect of the Safe Food Canadians Act and the proposed SFCR.

The failure to comply with a statute or regulations is a failure to observe the public policy objectives of the legislation. Non-compliance must be addressed to ensure that important societal, economic, and environmental objectives are met. An administrative monetary penalty is an enforcement measure to encourage compliance with legislation and can address a range of compliance issues, from the relatively minor to the more severe. Administrative monetary penalties are one of several enforcement options for the CFIA to respond to non-compliances.

Enabling Act

Agriculture and Agri-Food Administrative Monetary Penalties Act

Indication of Business Impacts

There are no expected business impacts. There are no direct costs as a result of the regulatory amendment.

Public Consultation Opportunities

It is anticipated the public comment period of 60 days will be complete in late Fall 2017 and final publication would proceed in late Spring 2018.

Departmental Contact

Legislation@inspection.gc.ca

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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