Regulations amending the Seeds Regulations and the Health of Animals Regulations, Veterinary Biologics (Bilingual labelling)

Title or Working Title of the Regulatory Initiative

Regulations amending the Seeds Regulations and the Health of Animals Regulations, Veterinary Biologics (Bilingual labelling)

Description of the Objective

These proposed amendments to the Seeds Regulations and the Health of Animals Regulations would respond to a Standing Joint Committee for the Scrutiny of Regulations' recommendation to make sure certain labelling provisions of these regulations comply with section 26 of the Official Languages Act which requires that labelling provisions pertaining to health and safety be presented in both official languages. The amendments provide health and safety benefits to consumers and the environment by enhancing consumer access to health, safety and security information for these products.

Amendments to the Seeds Regulations would require that for seed treated with a pest control product and destined for the Canadian market, the signal word (e.g. "Caution") and the statement not to use the seed for food or feed appear in both official languages

Amendments to the Health of Animals Regulations would require that all label information on veterinary biologics commercially distributed in Canada be written in both official languages. As such, these amendments would require manufacturers to provide bilingual product information such as the assigned name, container size, intended use, dose, route of administration, withdrawal time, precautions and disposal instructions for all veterinary biologics that are represented for prevention, diagnosis, or treatment of infectious diseases in animals in Canada. Other consequential amendments to the Health of Animals Regulations would also be required to facilitate the implementation of the bilingual labelling requirements. Also, there is difference in the French equivalent of the term "veterinary biologic" between the Health of Animals Regulations and the Health of Animals Act as a result of changes to the Act that needs to be corrected to avoid confusion.

It is a priority of the Government of Canada to be in full compliance with the requirements of the Languages Act.

Enabling Act

Seeds Act and Health of Animals Act

Indication of Business Impacts

There may be business impacts. The "One-for-One" Rule would not apply as there is no change in administrative costs to business. The Small Business Lens does not apply to this proposal as there are insignificant costs on small business. The nationwide costs would be less than $1 million annually and there is no indication that small businesses would be affected disproportionately.

Public Consultation Opportunities

The CFIA contacted stakeholders via email and in person to discuss the amendments and seek comments. For the seed sector, the CFIA sent a survey questionnaire to affected stakeholders (the Canadian Seed Trade Association, the Canadian Seed Institute, the Canadian Seed Growers' Association, the Pest Management Regulatory Agency and a general stakeholder list). For the veterinary biologics sector, various types of group and individual notifications were released and consultations were held. Provincial government officials from New Brunswick and Quebec, where French is an official language, were also consulted. Presentations and updates have also been made at meetings with the Canadian Animal Health Institute, a trade association representing companies that develop, manufacture and distribute animal health products in Canada.

Canada's trading partners were notified of the regulatory changes via the World Trade Organization and were provided with 60 days to provide comments. No comments were received.

It is anticipated these proposed amendments will be published in the Canada Gazette, Part II in Winter 2018. As the amendments are necessary in order to comply with the official language requirements under the Official Languages Act, an exemption from pre-publication in the Canada Gazette, Part I is being sought.

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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