Safe Food for Canadians Regulations

Title or Working Title of the Regulatory Initiative

Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR)

Description of the Objective

The Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) would replace the current regulations made under the Canada Agricultural Products Act, the Fish Inspection Act, the Meat Inspection Act, and the food-related provisions of the Consumer Packaging and Labelling Regulations. The regulatory framework would create food inspection regulations with consistent, internationally recognized requirements for all food commodities that are imported, exported, or traded inter-provincially. The proposed framework builds on the policy direction articulated in the Improved Food Inspection Model for which consultations concluded in May 2013. The SFCR would support market access for Canadian exporters by keeping pace with food safety modernization efforts in other countries and by strengthening Canada's reputation for having a world class food safety controls system.

Enabling Act

Safe Food for Canadians Act

Indication of Business Impacts

There would be business impacts. The "One-for-One" Rule and the Small Business Lens would apply. At the time of pre-publication, the estimated total administrative cost increase was estimated as having an annualized value of approximately $11.4 million. A flexible option is provided for small businesses that are involved in importing food, or preparing food for export or for interprovincial trade. The estimated total cost savings for these small businesses from the flexible option was estimated as having an annualized value of approximately $53.2 million.

Public Consultation Opportunities

Final publication of the regulations in the Canada Gazette, Part II is anticipated in spring/summer 2018. Canadian and international stakeholders will have a period of time to review the final regulations once published and prepare to meet the new requirements before they come into force. Information and guidance resources will be available at the time of publication to help businesses understand and transition to the new regulations. More details on the timing for the coming into force of the Act and regulations will be available when the regulations are published.

These amendments were pre-published in the Canada Gazette, Part I on January 21, 2017. Canada also notified the proposed regulations to the WTO and provided international trading partners with the opportunity to provide comments. A public comment period of 90 days closed on April 21, 2017. During that time, Canadians and other interested parties were able to provide feedback on the regulatory proposal. In total, the CFIA received 1717 submissions from a variety of stakeholders including industry, consumers, provincial and foreign governments. The CFIA is taking these comments into account in preparing the regulations for final publication in the Canada Gazette, Part II.

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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