Fee changes under the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations

Although the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) came into force on January 15, 2019, other requirements will be introduced in 2020 and 2021 based on food commodity, type of activity and business size. For more information, refer to the SFCR timelines.

The CFIA updated the Fees Notice to align with the new set of authorities under the Safe Food for Canadians Act and Regulations. No changes to monetary values are being made with two exceptions: the removal of some charges and the introduction of the two-year $250 licence.

Businesses that import or prepare food for export or to be sent across provincial or territorial borders now need a Safe Food for Canadians (SFC) licence, which costs $250 every two years. Current fees for the registration of an establishment have been converted into establishment inspection fees at the same cost. These inspection fees are in addition to the cost for the SFC licence and are payable upon the first inspection in a given year.

Table 1: High-level summary of fees changes for SFCR
Sector Current fee New fee

Dairy

No licence

Registration fee based on volume processed/produced:

  • $895 per year (≥100 000 hL of milk for processing or produces ≤1 000 000 units of dairy products per year);
  • $1,680 per year (>100 000 hL to ≤500 000 hL of milk for processing or produces >1 000 000 to ≤5 000 000 units of dairy products per year);
  • $2,415 per year (>500 000 hL to ≤1 000 000 hL of milk for processing or produces >5 000 000 to ≤10 000 000 units of dairy products per year); $3,150 per year (>1 000 000 hL for processing or produces >10 000 000 units of dairy products per year)

$20 to $100 export and import fees

$250 two-year SFC licence

Inspection fee based on volume processed/produced:

  • $895 per year (≥100 000 hL of milk for processing or produces ≤1 000 000 units of dairy products per year);
  • $1,680 per year (>100 000 hL to ≤500 000 hL of milk for processing or produces >1 000 000 to ≤5 000 000 units of dairy products per year);
  • $2,415 per year (>500 000 hL to ≤1 000 000 hL of milk for processing or produces >5 000 000 to ≤10 000 000 units of dairy products per year); $3,150 per year (>1 000 000 hL for processing or produces >10 000 000 units of dairy products per year)

$20 to $100 export and import fees

Eggs & Processed Eggs

No licence

$57 per hour, maximum $250 per inspection, for inspection at a registered processed egg station.

$28 to $104 per shipment export and import fees for inspection of eggs

$37.50 per hour, maximum $150 per inspection, for inspection of processed egg for export

$18 to $65 per shipment export and import fees for inspection of processed eggs

$250 two-year SFC licence

$57 per hour, maximum $250 per inspection, for inspection upon written request for a certificate of inspection.

$28 to $104 per shipment export and import fees for inspection of eggs

$37.50 per hour, maximum $150 per inspection, for inspection of processed egg for export

$18 to $65 per shipment export and import fees for inspection of processed eggs

Fresh fruit and vegetables

No licence

$1,075 for Agricultural Product Dealer's licence

$825 for registration of a produce warehouse or the renewal of an existing registration

$15 for the issuance of a release permit for the interprovincial trade of apples, potatoes or blueberries

$68 to $171 for inspection of produce, grading or monitoring of produce into Canada

$250 two-year SFC licence fee

Replaced by being a member in good standing with the Fruit and Vegetable Dispute Resolution Corporation (no charge)

N/A

N/A

$68 to $171 for inspection of produce, grading or monitoring of produce into Canada

Honey

No licence

Registration of establishment:

  • $100 for produce grader
  • $200 for packing
  • $400 for pasteurization

$5 to $150 per shipment import and export fee

$250 two-year SFC licence

Establishment inspection fee:

  • $100 for produce grader
  • $200 for packing
  • $400 for pasteurization

$5 to $150 per shipment import and export fee

Maple product

No licence

Registration of establishment:

  • $40 for sugar-bush
  • $210 for packing or maple syrup shipper

$50 to $150 import and export fee

$250 two-year SFC licence

Establishment inspection fee:

  • $40 for sugar-bush
  • $210 for packing or maple syrup shipper

$50 to $150 import and export fee

Meat inspection

No licence

$300 per year for inspection of a registered storage establishment and the meat products in it

Work shift fees vary depending on slaughter/processing/species

$15 to $68 import and export fee

$250 two-year SFC licence

$300 per year for inspection of an establishment identified in a licence and the meat products in it

Work shift fees vary depending on slaughter/processing/species

$15 to $68 import and export fee

Processed products

No licence

$300 to $2,710 for registration of establishment

$14 to $150 export and import fees

$250 two-year SFC licence

$300 to $2,710 establishment inspection fee

$14 to $150 export and import fees

Fish inspection

$500 for a basic licence or $5000 for QMPI licence for importing fish

For the application of a certificate of registration for an establishment:

  • $1000 (where the total size of processing areas in an establishment is 300m2 or less)
  • $1500 (where the total size of processing areas in an establishment is more than 300m2)

$500 to $1000 per type of fish processing operation if processing area is greater than 300 square metres

$25 to $100 for inspections for export certificates

$0.01 to $0.15 per kg of imported product for basic licence holders or $0.002 per kg of imported products for QMPI licence holders.

$250 two-year SFC licence

Establishment inspection fee:

  • $1000 (where the total size of processing areas in an establishment is 300m2 or less)
  • $1500 (where the total size of processing areas in an establishment is more than 300m2)

$500 to $1000 per type of fish processing operation if processing area is greater than 300 square metres

$25 to $100 for inspections for export certificates

$0.01 to $0.15 per kg of imported product for basic licence holders and new licence holders or a grandfathered rate of $0.002 per kg of imported products for previous QMPI licence holders

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