Regulations amending the Hatchery Regulations, Health of Animals Regulations, and Hatchery Exclusion Regulations

Title or Working Title of the Regulatory Initiative

Regulations amending the Hatchery Regulations, Health of Animals Regulations, and Hatchery Exclusion Regulations

Description of the Objective

These proposed amendments to the Hatchery Regulations would replace the Hatchery Regulations and Hatchery Exclusion Regulations while consolidating the requirements for operating licensed poultry hatchery establishments in Canada into a single regulation under the Health of Animals Act. The regulatory proposal would result in a modern, more outcome-based regulatory framework that would allow the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and hatchery sector to keep pace with advances in science and technology and enable appropriate monitoring and controls for current, emerging and future pathogenic organisms of concern.

The regulatory proposal would provide national standards for sampling methods and lab testing methods for pathogens of concern. In addition to clarifying definitions, the regulatory proposal would establish national requirements for licensed hatcheries that would include developing and maintaining preventive control plans.

The objective of this regulatory amendment is to minimize disease in poultry hatcheries and supply flocks in Canada, and acknowledge updated industry practices and new scientific knowledge on the control and prevention of pathogenic organisms. The amended regulation would incorporate by reference standards for the production and management of eggs and chicks sourced by hatcheries from supply flocks. These standards would extend the mitigation of disease and welfare risks up the supply chain enabling Canada to promote the integrity of our hatchery industry to the international community with increased credibility for international trading.

Enabling Act

Health of Animals Act

Indication of Business Impacts

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

Public Consultation Opportunities

It is anticipated these proposed amendments will be pre-published in the Canada Gazette, Part I in Fall 2018.

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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