Laboratories

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has a network of 13 reference and research laboratories across Canada. With combined expertise in animal and plant health, foreign animal diseases, and food safety, our laboratories provide the expertise and scientific knowledge needed to inform our regulatory and risk-based approach to keeping Canada's plants, animals and food safe.

CFIA Laboratories Map

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Table of CFIA laboratories.
Rank laboratories
1 Burnaby
Burnaby Laboratory
Activity: Food
Address: 3155 Willingdon Green
Municipality: Burnaby
Province/Territory: British Columbia
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3 Sidney
Sidney Centre for Plant Health Laboratory
Activity: Plant
Address: 8801 Saanich Rd. E
Municipality: North Saanich
Province/Territory: British Columbia
More information: Sidney – Plant
5 Calgary
Calgary Laboratory
Activity: Food
Address: 3650 36th St. N.W.
Municipality: Calgary
Province/Territory: Alberta
More information: Calgary – Food
1 Lethbridge
Lethbridge Laboratory
Activity: Food and Animal
Address: Twp. Rd. 9-1
Municipality: Lethbridge County
Province/Territory: Alberta
More information: Lethbridge – Animal health
5 Saskatoon
Saskatoon Laboratory
Activity: Food, plant and animal health
Address: 116 Veterinary Rd.
Municipality: Saskatoon
Province/Territory: Saskatchewan
More information:
Saskatoon – Food, plant and animal health
1 Ottawa (Fallowfield)
Ottawa laboratory Fallowfield
Activity: Food, animal health, and plant
Address: 3851 Fallowfield Rd.
Municipality: Ottawa
Province/Territory: Ontario
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Ottawa (Fallowfield) – Food, animal health, and plant
5 Ottawa (Carling)
Ottawa laboratory Carling
Activity: Food, feed, fertilizer
Address: 960 Carling Rd.
Municipality: Ottawa
Province/Territory: Ontario
More information:
Ottawa (Carling) – Food, feed, fertilizer
4 Greater Toronto Area
Greater Toronto Area Laboratory
Activity: Food
Address: 2301 Midland AVE
Municipality: Scarborough
Province/Territory: Ontario
More information: Greater Toronto Area – Food
2 Saint-Hyacinthe
Saint-Hyacinthe Laboratory
Activity: Food and animal health
Address: 3400 boul. Casavant O.
Municipality: Saint-Hyacinthe
Province/Territory: Quebec
More information:
Saint-Hyacinthe – Food and animal health
1 Longueuil
Longueuil  Laboratory
Activity: Food
Address: 1001 St-Laurent
Municipality: Longueuil
Province/Territory: Quebec
More information: Longueuil – Food
2 Dartmouth
Dartmouth laboratory
Activity: Food
Address: 1992 Agency Drive
Municipality: Halifax
Province/Territory: Nova Scotia
More information: Dartmouth – Food
5 Charlottetown
Charlottetown Laboratory
Activity: Plant
Address: 93 Mount Edward Rd
Municipality: Charlottetown
Province/Territory: Prince Edward Island
More information: Charlottetown – Plant
1 Winnipeg
Winnipeg Laboratory
Activity: Animal health/disease control
Address: 1015 Arlington St.
Municipality: Winnipeg
Province/Territory: Manitoba
More information:
Winnipeg – Animal health/disease control

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Eastern Laboratory Network

Charlottetown – Plant

Charlottetown Laboratory – Plant

The Charlottetown laboratory is responsible for detecting and diagnosing plant diseases. It plays a key role in supporting the trade of Canadian plant goods through the development of technology and techniques that satisfy import and export requirements for clean, disease and pest-free plants. It also:

  • Provides expertise in plant bacteriology (the study of bacteria), virology (the study of viruses), nematology (the study of roundworms) and mycology (the study of fungi)
  • Is certified to Plant Pest Containment Level 2 and includes a multipurpose, segregated greenhouse
  • Facilitates the CFIA's Seed Potato Approval Program and Potato Post-Entry Quarantine Program
  • Performs diagnostic testing for the domestic Seed Potato Certification Program for international trade
  • Conducts regulatory research on new pathogen detection technologies and to increase knowledge of their diversity and ecological characteristics

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Dartmouth – Food

Dartmouth Laboratory – Food

The Dartmouth laboratory carries out regulatory testing to support CFIA's food safety programs. It develops, optimizes, and validates new scientific methods for use in food related testing. It also:

  • Tests for toxic elements and heavy metals in foods
  • Tests for toxins (predominately shellfish toxins) and veterinary drug residues in fish and seafood products
  • Performs bacteriological analyses of foods and environmental samples such as soil or water
  • Researches the detection and isolation of food-borne bacteria

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Saint-Hyacinthe – Food and animal health

Saint-Hyacinthe Laboratory – Food and animal health

The Saint-Hyacinthe laboratory is active in food safety and animal health on numerous fronts. It houses the National Reference Centre for Food Virology, and includes a microbiology team that performs regulatory tests for bacteria that cause food-borne illness. It hosts a research team that develops new methods for virus detection in foods. It also:

  • Conducts external quality audits of private food laboratories
  • Researches the study of DNA sequences (genomics) and the study of proteins (proteomics)
  • Provides pathology (the study of disease through analysis of tissue, blood etc.) services, training and telepathology (remote analysis of disease through telecommunications) to support assessment of meat hygiene and quality
  • Provides expertise in animal health, performing diagnostic testing and automation of scientific tests relating to pig diseases and retrovirology (the study of retroviruses, viruses that target and infect other cells to replicate themselves)
  • Provides diagnostic support to the national centres of expertise for monitoring Trichinella (parasitic roundworms) and transmissible spongiform encephalopathies
  • Performs diagnostic testing of norovirus and hepatitis A.

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Longueuil – Food

Longueuil Laboratory – Food

The Longueuil laboratory has analytical expertise in several fields related to food safety and consumer protection. It is the only CFIA laboratory with expertise in analyzing the nutritional value of foods. This is used to check the nutrition labelling of domestic and imported food products in Canada. It is a national reference and research center for allergens. It also:

  • Provides analytical expertise in the fields of food allergens, dyes (both permitted and prohibited), marine toxins, and food composition
  • Conducts external quality audits of private food laboratories

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Ontario Laboratory Network

Ottawa (Carling) – Food, feed, fertilizer

Ottawa (Carling) Laboratory – Food, feed, fertilizer

The Ottawa Laboratory (Carling) performs services relating to the quality of food or food-related products across the food chain. These range from microbiology and chemistry services focussing on fertilizer, animal feed and food products to innovative research in DNA-based techniques such as whole genome sequencing methods and software for understanding food-borne bacteria.

It also has expertise in the detection and characterization of:

  • Food-borne illnesses
  • Food adulteration
  • Undeclared and declared food additives (e.g. MSG)
  • Irradiated foods
  • Heavy metals, veterinary drugs and mycotoxins (toxins produced by fungi) in animal feeds
  • Heavy metals in fertilizers

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Ottawa (Fallowfield) – Food, animal health, and plant

Ottawa (Fallowfield) Laboratory – Food, animal health, and plant

The Ottawa Laboratory (Fallowfield) is a multidisciplinary research, technology development and diagnostic services laboratory located on 2,000 acres of land in the Ottawa Greenbelt. It has scientific expertise in all areas of the CFIA's work in food, plant and animal health. It is the only large-animal facility in eastern Canada and is World Organization for Animal Health reference laboratory for rabies, scrapie, chronic wasting disease, and an international collaborating centre for control and epidemiology of rabies in carnivores. Scientists deliver extensive genomic research and technology development in support of animal, plant and food safety science. It also:

  • Houses the Pulsed Field Gel Electrophoresis Centre, a national food-safety program that uses DNA technology for the identification and analysis of food-borne bacteria such as Listeria monocytogenes, Salmonella spp., Shigella spp., Vibrio spp. and Escherichia coli (O157:H7 and Non-O157)
  • Is home to a group of diagnostic and research labs specializing in botany, entomology (the study of insects), molecular biology, nematology (the study of nematode worms or roundworms), plant diseases and seed science
  • Performs diagnostic tests for various plant pests, plants with novel traits, plant species and seeds for meeting CFIA domestic and import/export testing obligations under the Plant Health Program
  • Houses the Ottawa Animal Health Laboratory, which comprises seven diagnostic units: sero-diagnostic (diagnosis of disease through blood tests), rabies, microbiology, mycobacteriology (mycobacteria cause diseases such as tuberculosis), brucellosis, transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (also known as prion diseases), and molecular diagnostics
  • Has specialized animal housing facilities with Containment Levels 2 and 3 as outlined in the Canadian Biosafety Standards and Guidelines for certain pathogens
  • Provides diagnostic testing support for animal-health-related CFIA programs, such as domestic programs in disease surveillance and control, the import/export of animals, and artificial insemination

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Greater Toronto Area – Food

Greater Toronto Area Laboratory – Food

The Greater Toronto Area (GTA) laboratory analyzes food for the detection of contaminants and bacteria that pose a risk to public health. It also:

  • Analyzes canned products for container integrity and sterility, and analyzes food products for unwanted materials such as glass, metal and other contaminants
  • Develops and verifies new analytical testing methods relating to food contamination
  • Participates on research projects that focus on the development of genomics tools and methods for use in areas such as food fraud of meat and fish

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National Centres for Animal Diseases (NCAD)

Winnipeg – Animal health/disease control

Winnipeg Laboratory – Animal health/disease control

The Winnipeg laboratory is the National Centre for Foreign Animal Disease, one of CFIA's National Centres for Animal Disease. This laboratory specializes in research for the detection and prevention of animal diseases that do not originate in Canada, such as foot-and-mouth disease and avian influenza. The lab supports this work by developing technology and providing diagnostic services. It also:

  • Employs the latest techniques in immunology (the science of how immune systems respond), molecular biology and genomics to provide diagnostic results for CFIA and industry
  • Conducts work with foreign animal disease pathogens under rigorous biological containment conditions
  • Houses laboratory and animal facilities with Containment Levels 2, 3 and 4 as outlined in the Canadian Biosafety Standards and Guidelines (only large animal containment level 4 in Canada)
  • Is a World Organisation for Animal Health reference laboratory for classical swine fever and avian influenza and is a UN Food and Agriculture Organisation reference centre for foot-and-mouth disease and other vesicular diseases for Central and South American countries

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Lethbridge – Animal health

Lethbridge Laboratory – Animal health

The Lethbridge laboratory is one of the CFIA's National Centres for Animal Disease, and is the CFIA Centre for Vector-Borne Diseases. It contributes to the health and protection of animals through diagnostic testing and research initiatives. These services are vital in providing the tests required for the export of animals and animal products for trade. It also:

  • Provides diagnostic testing and research work on animal diseases such as BSE, rabies, infectious bovine rhinotracheitis, bovine viral diarrhea, equine viral arteritis, leptospirosis and brucella.
  • Conducts several genomics research initiatives aimed at supporting both animal health and food safety testing
  • Houses laboratory and animal facilities with Containment Levels 2 and 3 as outlined in the Canadian Biosafety Standards and Guidelines
  • Is the World Organization for Animal Health reference laboratory for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) and anthrax.

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Western Laboratory Network

Saskatoon – Food, plant and animal health

Saskatoon Laboratory – Food, plant and animal health

The Saskatoon laboratory specializes in testing animal feeds, seeds, and food including parasites and drug residues. It includes the Centre for Food-Borne and Animal Parasitology, the Centre for Veterinary Drug Residues and the Seed Science and Technology Section. It also:

  • Performs tests for parasites in food and animals
  • Tests for veterinary drug residues in meat, milk, eggs and honey
  • Tests for seed purity and quality
  • Supports CFIA programs in food safety, animal health and plant health by delivering specialized national programs in diagnostic services, research and technology development, scientific advice, and private laboratory accreditation support services
  • Provides proficiency testing to measure how other laboratories perform in testing for veterinary drug residues in animal tissues, seed quality, and for Trichinella (parasitic roundworm) larvae in animal tissue

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Calgary – Food

Calgary Laboratory – Food

The Calgary laboratory specializes in detecting pesticide residues and chemical contaminants such as dioxins or furans, in a wide variety of food, animal feeds and fertilizers. It does this through its microbiology and analytical chemistry testing sections. It also:

  • Provides meat-species analysis to identify food fraud
  • Conducts analytical chemistry research to address emerging food safety hazards
  • Develops technologies to improve how to analyze food contaminants

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Burnaby – Food

Burnaby Laboratory – Food

The Burnaby laboratory supports the CFIA's wide array of food safety programs with chemistry, microbiology and virology testing. It includes a regional satellite lab of the National Reference Centre for Food Virology, which tests for norovirus and hepatitis A virus, and has specialised expertise in testing for food viruses in bivalve shellfish. It also:

  • Provides regulatory bacteriological testing for food pathogens and indicators of sanitary quality of foods and environmental samples, with specialization in Vibrio bacteria (found primarily in undercooked seafood), and Yersinia spp. analyses
  • Provides regulatory testing for marine biotoxins, mycotoxins (toxins from fungus), histamines, sulphites and food allergens
  • Is actively involved in the developing, validating and verifying new analytical methods for food safety testing

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Sidney – Plant

Sidney Laboratory – Plant

The Sidney laboratory, the Centre for Plant Health, is Canada's only post-entry quarantine, research and diagnostic facility for tree fruit, grapevine and small fruit and is responsible for virus testing of these types of plants. This laboratory is isolated enough from commercial plantings to prevent a possible spread of infection and has a climate that is suited to the cultivating all of Canada's fruit crops and ornamental plants. It also:

  • Ensures the safe introduction of foreign plant material into Canada
  • Houses a national repository of commercial varieties of fruit and provides testing and certification of exports and for virus elimination services
  • Checks the reliability of approved foreign certification programs by testing samples from imported commercial shipments for virus infection and other diseases
  • Provides technical support and scientific advice for regulatory decision making, including participation in international panels that aim to develop harmonized standards for moving and testing plant materials in support of trade

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