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Strategic Priorities: Responding to Today, Building for the Future

The CFIA is committed to continuous improvement to keep up with changing risks to plants, animal health and food safety.

Our five strategic priorities guide the Agency so that it is best positioned to adapt to emerging risks, respond to consumer demands and support industry as they compete in the global market.

A number of key strategic initiatives are underway in line with these priorities.

Find out more about the work under each priority and how the CFIA is moving its change agenda forward.

Strategic Priorities

Modern Regulatory Toolkit


Modern Regulatory Toolkit

The CFIA protects Canada's food, plant and animal resource-base while supporting innovation through a modern regulatory toolkit that includes outcome-based regulations with new compliance promotion tools.

Integrated Risk Management


Integrated Risk Management

The CFIA targets resources to where they are needed most through integrated risk management. New risk management tools, analytics and surveillance will inform resource allocations and enforcement priorities.

Consistent and Efficient Inspections

Consistent and Efficient Inspections

The CFIA will have greater efficiency and agility to respond to emerging risks through consistent and efficient inspections. An inspection approach carried out nationally in a fair, consistent and predictable manner that is focused on regulatory outcomes and supported by mobile tools and guidance.

Digital-First Tools and Services

Digital-First Tools and Services

The CFIA embraces technology to make it easy to get information and services. Our digital-first tools and services provide electronic access as the preferred method of requesting and receiving services.

Global Leader

Global Leader

The CFIA supports international consensus to safeguard food, plant and animals while supporting market access. As a global leader, we will pursue improved international standards, fairness in trade practices, enhanced use of technology and regulatory cooperation.

Progress Report 2018: Looking Back, Looking Forward

Key Strategic Initiatives - Milestones at a Glance

Building for the Future Snapshot

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