Consultative Groups

Expert Advisory Committee

The Expert Advisory Committee provides the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) with objective professional and technical advice on key issues related to the CFIA's three business lines: food safety, animal health and plant health.

The committee could be engaged to:

  • link into academic and scientific research
  • comment on proposals for CFIA program and policy frameworks
  • comment on CFIA priorities and risk management strategies
  • provide insight into industry and international trends and developments
  • advise on selected issues as requested by the CFIA

The committee reports to the Agency through the CFIA's President and the Executive Vice President, who are the chair and vice-chair of the committee.


The committee's members occupy diverse senior positions or are experts in their field in the public, private and academic sectors.

Ministerial Advisory Board

The Ministerial Advisory Board (MAB) is established under Section 10 of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency Act.

The mandate of the Ministerial Advisory Board is to advise the Minister of Health on:

  • issues relevant to Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) activities
  • the Minister's responsibilities for the overall direction of the CFIA

The Board will focus on discussing a variety of topics, including:

  • the strategic direction and priorities of the CFIA as reflected in its key planning documents
  • the policy and program frameworks that govern CFIA operations
  • the effects of developments in science and testing methods
  • the systems for communicating and consulting with stakeholders

The Board will consider issues requested by the Minister, and the Minister may direct the Board to consider and provide advice on any issue consistent with the mandate of the Board.

The Board shall provide impartial and independent advisory services and make recommendations in support of the Board's mandate.

The Board may provide advice to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food on issues relating to her authorities.


The current membership of the Ministerial Advisory Board is:

Value Chain Roundtables

The Value Chain Roundtables (VCRTs) were launched in 2003 as part of a shared vision between industry and government to enhance Canadian competitiveness and profitability. At the roundtables, key industry leaders from across the value chain meet with federal and provincial government policy makers. Industry leaders come from the following areas:

  • suppliers
  • producers
  • processors
  • food service industries
  • retailers
  • traders
  • associations

The roundtables are industry-specific and focus on the individual needs of each value chain. Each roundtable is industry-led and is supported by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's Value Chain Roundtable Secretariat. The CFIA is an active member of all ten of these national roundtables:

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