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Introduction

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) developed a draft Consultation Policy and Framework as part of the CFIA's commitment to effectively consult with stakeholders. The policy and framework will bring consistent approaches to consultation that will better serve the needs of all stakeholders and the CFIA.

The CFIA did a 30-day online consultation on the draft Consultation Policy and Framework. People who were invited to comment include stakeholders, CFIA staff, a variety of industry contacts, and Canadians. The purpose of the consultation was to inform people of the CFIA's intention to adhere to a formal process for future consultations. This includes seeking comment from stakeholders on consultation topics.

This report summarizes the policy- and framework-related comments received from respondents

About the respondents

Table 1: Respondent profile
Categories of participants Total responses Distribution
Consumer (general public) 3 20%
Consumer associations 0 0%
Industry (including industry associations) 4 27%
Government 6 40%
Health and nutrition professional 2 13%
Academic 0 0%
Table 2: Language of response
Language Total responses Distribution
English 14 93%
French 1 7%
Table 3: Participation in past CFIA consultations
Response Total responses Distribution
Yes 6 40%
No 8 53%
Don't know 1 7%
Table 4: Number of CFIA consultations participated in over the last 5 years
Response Total responses Distribution
1 to 2 1 17%
3 to 4 1 17%
5 or more 4 67%
Don't know 0 0%
Table 5: Topics of previous consultationsFootnote 1
Response Total responses Distribution
Animal programs 1 17%
Plant programs 4 67%
Food programs 4 67%
Don't know 0 0%

Table Notes

Table Note 1

Some respondent topics fall into more than one category, as a result the distribution percentage appears to exceed 100 percent.

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Table 6: Consultation method previously usedFootnote 2
Response Total responses Distribution
Online 5 83%
In person 6 100%
Telephone 2 33%
Mail 2 33%
Other 0 0%
Don't know 0 0%

Table Notes

Table Note 2

Some respondent topics fall into more than one category, as a result the distribution percentage appears to exceed 100 percent.

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Table 7: Preferred method for future consultations Table Note 3
Response Total responses Distribution
Online 13 87%
In person 10 67%
Telephone 4 27%
Mail 3 20%
Other: online meeting 1 7%
Other: doesn't matter 1 7%
Don't know 0 0%

Table Notes

Table Note 3

Some respondent preferred methods fall into more than one category, as a result the distribution percentage appears to exceed 100 percent.

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An additional 23 incomplete responses were received. As no comments on the draft Consultation Policy and Framework were included in these responses, they are not included in this report.

What we've heard

Overview responses to the Consultation Policy and Framework

Respondents were generally supportive of the draft Consultation Policy and Framework.

Some suggestions include

Below are the overall comments we received from respondents. These are posted in the exact style they were received in and have not been edited for grammar, spelling, or clarity.

Specific responses to the Consultation Policy and Framework

The following lists comments from respondents as they apply to various sections of the draft Consultation Policy and Framework. These are posted in the exact style they were received in and have not been edited for grammar, spelling, or clarity.

1. Preamble

1.1 Government of Canada Commitment

1.2 Public Involvement

1.3 The Canadian Food Inspection Agency

2. Policy

2.1 Policy Statement

2.2 Policy Objectives

2.3 Stakeholders

2.4 Monitoring

3. Framework

3.1 Consultation Process

3.2 Consultation Mechanisms

3.3 Principles

3.3.1 Planning and Evaluation

3.3.2 Mutual Respect

3.3.3 Consultation Culture

How we are responding

The CFIA would like to thank everyone who contributed their time to the consultation process and shared their views.

All comments received were attentively reviewed and considered before the Consultation Policy and Framework was finalized. Specific wording and terminology decisions were made based on existing and recognized consultation, engagement and public participation material. This includes those produced by other government departments, as well as by internationally recognized associations such as the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2).

The final version of the Consultation Policy and Framework is now posted online. Any subsequent modifications to the policy and framework will require internal CFIA approvals.

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