Share and view ideas: CFIA presentation at the annual Canadian Fertilizer Products Forum

Information sessions

A series of information sessions are planned in January and February to discuss Canadian requirements for fertilizers and supplements.

An initial session took place on November 17, 2020. See the "What we heard" section for summaries of the discussions that took place.

About the initial presentation

At the annual Canadian Fertilizer Products Forum on November 17, 2020, CFIA experts presented:

  • the Agency's regular annual program updates and report on service delivery standards
  • an update on the development of metal standards for hydroponic fertilizers and supplements
  • a proposed timeline for the implementation of mandatory registration of products that are or contain polymers
  • a summary of the recent changes to the Fertilizers Regulations

The content focused mostly on the changes introduced by the updated Fertilizers Regulations and what these changes mean for regulated parties in the Canadian fertilizers industry.

Key topics

The following general themes were discussed:

  • definitions and terminology
  • general prohibitions
  • safety standards
  • exemptions from the act and regulations
  • exemptions from registration – fertilizers
  • exemptions from registration – supplements
  • product specific labelling requirements
  • record keeping
  • guaranteed analysis
  • phase-in implementation
  • available resources and reference materials

Significant changes have been made to the scope and the requirements of the Fertilizers Regulations. With that in mind, participants were asked to identify topics of greatest interest to them and their business through a question and answer session, and a poll.

Graph. Description follows.
Explanatory text below:
Which aspects of the new Fertilizers Regulations would you like to have explained in more detail? Response (%)
Exemptions from registration - fertilizers 73.9
Product specific labelling requirements 64.8
Exemptions from registration - supplements 64.8
Exemptions from the act and regulations 48.9
Available resources and reference materials 40.9
Record keeping 39.8
Safety standards 34.1
Phase-in implementation 29.5
General prohibitions 21.6
Definitions and terminology 21.6
Guaranteed analysis 0

Attend an information session

The CFIA will hold topic-specific webinars for regulated parties to ask questions and better understand the updated Fertilizers Regulations. The following information sessions are planned:

Webinar title Topics Date
Registration of polymers under the Fertilizers Act Policy interpretation of the definition of "supplement ", safety data requirements, labelling, timeline for implementation

Thursday, January 14, 2021 from 11 am to 12 pm (EST)

Exemption under the new Fertilizers Regulations General exemptions from all provisions of the act and regulations, exemptions from registration for fertilizers and supplement, associated definitions, relevant guidance materials

Thursday, January 21, 2021 from 11 am to 12 pm (EST)

Safety standards Prohibitions and general safety provisions in the new Fertilizers Regulations, associated definitions, precautionary labelling, CFIA safety standards, determining compliance, tiered safety assessment levels, relevant guidance materials

Thursday, January 28, 2021 from 11 am to 12 pm (EST)

Labelling and record keeping General labelling requirements, product-specific labelling, sample labels, record keeping option, associated definitions and guidance materials

Thursday February 4, 2021 from 11 am to 12 pm (EST)

What we heard


Related information

Contact us