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What we heard report – Consultation on the proposed amendments to the Fertilizers Regulations

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Introduction

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency's (CFIA) modernization of the Fertilizers Regulations is part of a multi-year initiative to respond to industry changes. The proposed amendments to the Fertilizers Regulations would improve consistency and provide clarity and flexibility to support regulated parties in fulfilling their obligations.

This report summarizes the feedback received during the 75-day comment period further to the pre-publication of the proposed amendments to the Fertilizers Regulations in the Canada Gazette Part I. The participants views expressed below do not reflect those of CFIA or the Government of Canada.

Consultation overview

Who we heard from

CFIA received 13 detailed submissions outlining questions and proposed adjustments to the regulatory text during the comment period from:

What we heard

A high-level summary of comments received is provided below. Overall, the proposed modernization of the Fertilizers Regulations and its underlying principles received strong support from all respondents. This included support for:

Elements well supported

Elements not supported

Elements with mixed reactions

Elements that require clarification or adjustment to the regulatory text

Next steps

CFIA thanks everyone who participated in the consultation process. We will consider all input as we work to update the Fertilizers Regulations. CFIA expects to publish the final amendments in the Canada Gazette, Part II in winter 2020.

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