Safe Food for Canadians Regulations

Canada is recognized as having one of the strongest food safety systems in the world. But the speed, volume and complexity of food production have produced new risks and challenges – including new threats to food safety, changing consumer preferences and prevention-focused international standards. Responding to these challenges is critical to maintaining Canada's reputation as a world leader in food safety and to help Canada's food businesses remain trusted both at home and abroad.

The Safe Food for Canadians Regulations will make our food system even safer by focusing on prevention and allowing for faster removal of unsafe food from the marketplace. They will reduce unnecessary administrative burden on businesses by replacing 14 sets of regulations with one, and will help maintain and grow market access for Canada's agri-food and agricultural sector.

The new consolidated regulations will require food businesses that import or prepare food for export or to be sent across provincial or territorial borders to have licences, as well as preventive controls that outline steps to address potential risks to food safety. They will also help reduce the time it takes to remove unsafe food from the marketplace by requiring businesses to trace their food back to their supplier and forward to whom they sold their products.

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Services and information

Licensing

Find out if your food business will need a licence, when and how to apply and other related information.

Toolkit for businesses

Learn about requirements for labelling, standards and grades.

General food requirements and guidance

Businesses that import or prepare food for export or to be sent across provincial or territorial borders must meet new requirements.

Food-specific requirements and guidance

In addition to general requirements, other requirements apply to specific foods.

Food imports

Importers will require a licence under the new consolidated regulations. Find out what other requirements apply to importers.

Food exports

Businesses that prepare food for export or that require an export certificate will need a licence. Find out what other requirements apply to exporters.

Labelling, standards of identity and grades

Learn about requirements for labelling, standards and grades.

Regulatory compliance

Learn more about compliance and inspection.

Submit your questions online

If you have questions, fill out our feedback form or call 1-800-442-2342.

Guidance Finder

Our new Guidance Finder can search all the latest SFCR technical and regulatory information.

Features

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My CFIA

Sign up for My CFIA to apply for a licence when they become available.

SFCR videos
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Watch these videos to learn more about the new consolidated regulations.

Exporting to the US
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Find out how an SFCR licence can help businesses comply with their U.S. importers' requirements.

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