Regulations amending the Health of Animals Regulations, Part XV (Livestock identification and traceability)

Title or Working Title of the Regulatory Initiative

Regulations amending the Health of Animals Regulations, Part XV (Livestock identification and traceability)

Description of the Objective

Animal traceability is the ability to follow an animal or group of animals through all stages of its life. This regulatory proposal would amend Part XV of the Health of Animal Regulations (HAR) to include mandatory animal identification, traceability, and record keeping requirements for cattle, bison, sheep, goat, and cervid species. This regulatory proposal would amend the HAR to strengthen existing livestock identification traceability requirements in Canada to enable effective and timely disease control investigations and to improve the protection of animal health, public health and food safety.  Traceability would contribute to protecting the livelihood of ranchers and agricultural producers when using the tool in responding to a foreign animal disease outbreak. Traceability would also contribute to reducing risks of economic loss and market disruptions by supporting a rapid response in cases of disease outbreak. Having a traceability system for animals contributes to food safety outcomes from a gate-to-plate perspective.

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. The CFIA is currently conducting these analyses.

Public Consultation Opportunities

These proposed amendments will be pre-published in the Canada Gazette, Part I in Fall 2017. A public comment period of 75 days 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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