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Amendments to the Health of Animals Regulations  (Emergency transit of regulated Animals)

Title or Working Title of the Regulatory Initiative

Amendments to the Health of Animals Regulations (Emergency transit of regulated animals)

Description of the Objective

In 2016, under the Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC), CFIA developed a joint policy with the United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA APHIS) for the transit of regulated animals through both countries during emergency situations, such as natural or man-made disasters, or when routine transportation routes are impaired without feasible alternatives. Under this policy, an import permit would not be required for the transit of regulated animals during these emergency situations.

This regulatory proposal would amend Parts II and VIII of the Health of Animal Regulations to align with the joint policy. These proposed amendments would contribute to preserving animal welfare during emergency situations; reduce the regulatory burden on stakeholders and industry in emergency situations; include provisions for import permit and export certificate requirements in special situations where animal welfare may be compromised, without increasing the risk to Canada; and expedite CFIA's ability to adopt and implement the CFIA-USDA APHIS joint policy on the Emergency Transit of Regulated Animals.

Enabling Act

Health of Animals Act

Potential impacts on Canadians, including businesses

There may be business impacts. The "One-for-One" Rule and the Small Business Lens may apply. The CFIA is currently conducting analysis on the impact of the proposed changes.

The joint policy received support from stakeholders, industry and the USDA APHIS.

Regulatory Cooperation Efforts (domestic, international)

The CFIA-USDA APHIS joint policy has been developed in the Regulatory Cooperation Council.

Public Consultation Opportunities

It is anticipated that these proposed amendments will be pre-published in Canada Gazette, Part I in spring 2020. A public comment period of 75 days will be available for Canadians and other interested parties to provide feedback on the regulatory proposal.

Departmental Contact

Date the Regulatory Initiative was first included in the FRP

This initiative was first included in the 2019 to 2021 update

For more information

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