Framework for Implementing and Maintaining the Arrangement between the CFIA and the USDA for the Recognition of Foreign Animal Disease Control and Eradication Zones
Part III - Promoting Stakeholder Awareness and Involvement

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1. Consultation and Engagement with Stakeholders

The active involvement of governmental and non-governmental stakeholders in both Canada and the United States is critical to the success of this RCC initiative. APHIS and CFIA plan to solicit stakeholder input in implementing and maintaining the Arrangement and share that information through public meetings on RCC activities and accomplishments.

Decisions on Working Group projects and priorities will be made by the Steering Committee, taking into account the views of stakeholders. The Working Group will determine the best mechanism to ensure stakeholders are provided with progress updates and opportunities for input on projects and priorities.

2. Target Audience of Stakeholders

The target audience of stakeholders will include but is not limited to several categories of interested groups and individuals, both in the United States and in Canada. The list below is not comprehensive but merely serves as guidance for the outreach efforts of the Steering Committee and Working Group.

Target Audience

  • Livestock and meat trade associations
  • Livestock farmers' associations
  • Federal, State, Tribal, and Provincial animal health officials
  • Tribal and Aboriginal groups
  • Other public officials/agencies
  • General public

3. Annual Consultation on Projects and Priorities

The CFIA and APHIS will formally solicit feedback at least once per year on existing Working Group projects and priorities. The agencies will also solicit proposals for additional projects for consideration under this Framework. This will occur via a mechanism such as a webinar, joint town hall meeting, Federal Register Notice, or e-mail solicitation (such as through the APHIS Stakeholder Registry) and will take place prior to the annual Steering Committee meeting.

4. Communication/Consultation

In addition to the annual stakeholder consultation on projects and priorities, the Working Group Co-chairs will coordinate ongoing stakeholder engagement through appropriate modes of communication, such as webinars, conference calls, face-to-face meetings, internet notices, or other means necessary to solicit input and provide updates on projects and priorities.

APHIS and CFIA will also provide updates on projects that are carried out under this Framework to other stakeholders using established forums such as Cross-Border Livestock Health Association meetings, national and regional United States Animal Health Association meetings, and the National Farmed Animal Health and Welfare Council.

5. Frequency of Communication

Frequency of communication will depend on both the needs of individual projects and the degree of stakeholder participation and interest.

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