Amendments to the Hatchery Regulations, Hatchery Exclusion Regulations and part of the Health of Animals Regulations

Title or Working Title of the Regulatory Initiative

Amendments to the Hatchery Regulations, Hatchery Exclusion Regulations and part of the Health of Animals Regulations

Description of the Objective

These proposed amendments to the Hatchery Regulations would replace and repeal the current Hatchery Regulations, the Hatchery Exclusion Regulations, and parts of the Health of Animals Regulations while consolidating the requirements for licensing and operating poultry hatchery establishments in Canada into a single part of the Health of Animals Regulations, 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 supply flock (breeding) sectors to keep pace with advances in science and technology; enable appropriate monitoring and controls for current, emerging and future pathogenic organisms of concern; and facilitate international trade.

The proposed regulations would establish updated national requirements for licensed hatcheries that would include licensing, developing and maintaining preventative control plans, provide national standards for sampling methods and lab testing methods for pathogens of concern and minimize disease in poultry hatcheries and supply flocks in Canada.

The amended regulations 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, which would allow Canada to promote the integrity of its hatchery industry to the international community with increased credibility for international trading.

Enabling Act

Health of Animals Act

Potential impacts on Canadians, including businesses

There would be business impacts. The affected stakeholders include hatcheries, supply flock farms and consumers. The "One-for-One" Rule and the Small Business Lens would apply. The CFIA is currently conducting analysis on the impact of the proposed changes.

There are not expected to be significant impacts on international trade or investment.

CFIA would provide transitional provisions to assist industry readiness.

Regulatory Cooperation Efforts (domestic, international)

While not part of a formal regulatory cooperation agenda, the CFIA has reached out to its U.S. counterpart, the Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) program on an ongoing basis to ensure regulatory alignment.

Public Consultation Opportunities

It is anticipated these proposed amendments will be pre-published in the Canada Gazette, Part I in winter 2020.

Departmental Contact

Date the Regulatory Initiative was first included in the FRP

This initiative was first included in the 2014 to 2016 mid-year update.

For more information

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