Archived - Questions and answers: Engagement on the Draft Administrative Monetary Penalties Policy
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The consultation closed on 2016-12-18
What is the purpose of this engagement process?
The CFIA is seeking feedback on a draft policy that defines how the Agency will use administrative monetary penalties (AMPs) to address non-compliance consistently and fairly across Canada.
Currently, the CFIA can issue AMPs to those who do not comply with certain regulations in plant health, animal health and meat inspection.
Under the Safe Food for Canadians Act, AMPs will be expanded across the food sector when the associated new regulations come into force.
More information about AMPs is available on the CFIA website.
What are the key elements of the draft AMPs policy?
The policy provides clear guidelines for applying AMPs consistently, fairly and in a transparent manner, such as:
- Guidelines are to be clearly defined concerning when and how to apply AMPs should be clearly defined.
- The type of penalty (i.e., minor, serious and very serious) is to be assigned based on the severity of consequences associated with not complying with regulations.
- Industry will be informed of being issued an AMP promptly.
- Information regarding AMPs violations is made available to the public in an open, unbiased and consistent manner.
What impact will the final AMPs policy have on regulated parties?
All regulated parties, whether already subject to AMPs or not, will benefit from a policy that sets out clear guidelines about how AMPs are used by the CFIA. The principles set out for enforcement through the use of AMPs will be consistent, fair and transparent.
How can I share my views on the AMPs policy?
The feedback process is open for 30 days ending December 18, 2016. To participate, please read the draft policy and complete the short questionnaire [closed 2016-12-18].
What will happen following this feedback process?
The CFIA will use the feedback to finalize the policy. The final policy will be published on the CFIA's website.
Who can I contact for more information about the policy and engagement process?
For more information, please send your inquiries by email to CFIA-Modernisation-ACIA@inspection.gc.ca. You may also send your comments in by regular mail to
Program Policy Integration Division
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
1400 Merivale Road
Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0Y9
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