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Forward Regulatory Plan: 2020 to 2022
Amendments to the Health of Animals Regulations (Schedule III - aquatic animal imports)

Description of the objective

Schedule III of the Health of Animals Regulations advises regulated parties which aquatic species need an import permit from CFIA. Schedule III is currently part of the Health of Animals Regulations and has not been updated since 2012. It is no longer consistent with the international standards set out by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).

As a signatory to the World Trade Organization (WTO)  Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS Agreement), CFIA is expected to meet the requirements of the International Standard Setting Body; for aquatic animal health these are set by the OIE.

This regulatory proposal would allow Schedule III of the Health of Animals Regulations to be incorporated by reference in order to allow for the list of aquatic species that require a permit or may no longer require a permit to be easily updated to remain consistent with OIE international standards updates. This regulatory amendment is required to reduce the risk of the introduction of disease by allowing the list to remain up to date in a timely and cost-efficient manner.

Enabling act

Health of Animals Act

Potential impacts on Canadians, including businesses

There will be minimal business impacts. After analysis, it has been determined that the "One-for-One" Rule and the Small Business Lens apply. However, with respect to the Small Business Lens, the impact is considered to be insignificant.

Regulatory cooperation efforts (domestic, international)

These regulatory amendments are intended to align Schedule III of the Health of Animals Regulations with OIE international standards, which are updated annually. No direct impact on trade is expected because trade partners expect CFIA to maintain consistency with international agreements and make necessary regulatory updates to ensure that Canada's import requirements are aligned with the OIE as per the WTO SPS Agreement.

Public consultation opportunities

It is anticipated these proposed amendments will be published as final in the Canada Gazette, Part II in winter 2021.

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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