Acts and Regulations

The Department of Justice is responsible for maintaining the Consolidated Statutes and Regulations for the Government of Canada.

To check for recent Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) regulatory amendments, visit the recent amendments section. A record of earlier amendments is maintained in the regulatory archive section.

What are we doing?

As a federal agency, CFIA is responsible for administering acts and regulations, and for implementing government-wide regulatory initiatives:

Acts and regulations

CFIA is responsible for administering certain federal acts and regulations.

Access these federal acts and regulations at the following link:

Planned or anticipated changes to regulations (Forward Regulatory Plan, stock review plan, targeted Regulatory Review Sectoral Roadmap)

CFIA publishes a public list, with descriptions, of planned or anticipated federal regulatory changes that CFIA intends to bring forward over a 24-month period.

The Forward Regulatory Plan landing page includes a link to CFIA's stock review plan, which is CFIA's plan to review its entire regulatory stock over a set period of time. The stock review plan includes:

  • a list of the regulations that will undergo a review, prioritized in a way that makes sense to the regulator and stakeholders
  • a time frame for the review(s)

The landing page also includes a link to the targeted Regulatory Review Sectoral Roadmap published by CFIA. The regulatory initiatives identified in the roadmap where developed to address barriers to innovation and economic growth.

To develop the sectoral roadmap, the department was required by the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat to:

  • determine regulatory issues and irritants that are barriers to innovation, competitiveness, and economic growth for a particular sector
  • assess opportunities for innovative approaches to regulation, such as iterative co-development, pilot projects or regulatory sandboxes
  • in the sectoral roadmap, identify actions that will be taken to address issues or irritants expressed by stakeholders and describe opportunities for innovation

View the Forward Regulatory Plan.

View the Agri-food and Aquaculture Regulatory Review Roadmap.

View the Regulatory Stock Review Plan.

CFIA posts information about its regulatory initiatives and notices of intent that are published in the Canada Gazette, and notices of intent that are published on CFIA's website.

View Regulatory Initiatives and Notices of Intent

Timeliness service standards and performance information

CFIA publishes timeliness service standards and performance information for its services, including services for regulated parties to obtain regulatory authorization such as a permit or licence to engage in a regulated activity.
View Service Standards for High-Volume Regulatory Authorizations

How guidance on regulatory requirements is provided

CFIA's Policy for Providing Guidance on Regulatory Requirements:

  • outlines the commitments, practices and tools that CFIA applies when providing Canadians and businesses with information and guidance on regulatory obligations to be met
  • identifies the conditions under which written responses to questions will be provided

View CFIA's Policy for Providing Guidance on Regulatory Requirements.

Number of administrative burden requirements in regulations

The Administrative Burden Baseline initiative requires departments and agencies to:

  • establish a baseline count of federal regulatory requirements that impose administrative burden on business
  • annually update and report publicly on the count of baseline requirements

View the number of administrative burden requirements in regulations administered by CFIA: Administrative Burden Baseline: Update 2019

Other regulatory information

Food safety and the protection of plant and animal resources are central priorities guiding Canada's food safety regulations. However, CFIA also recognizes that we can support innovation and productivity by streamlining regulations and cutting red tape.
View Reducing Red Tape.

CFIA is undertaking a review of its regulations for food safety, plant and animal health to improve their consistency, reduce their complexity and strengthen consumer protection.
View Regulatory Modernization.

CFIA is implementing a modern regulatory framework that is safe and responsive and that maintains high standards for health and safety while enabling opportunities for industry to innovate.
View Safe and Responsive Regulatory Framework.

CFIA has developed a policy to articulate a clear and comprehensive process for identifying documents that could be incorporated by reference.
View Incorporation by Reference Policy.

For more information

All of the government's Acts and Regulations can be found on the Justice Laws Website.

Consult the following for links to the Cabinet Directive on Regulation and supporting policies and guidance, and for information on government-wide regulatory initiatives implemented by departments and agencies across the Government of Canada:

To learn about upcoming or ongoing consultations on proposed federal regulations, visit:

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