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            CFIA's Policy for Providing Guidance on Regulatory Requirements

            This policy outlines the commitments, practices, and tools applied by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) when providing Canadians and businesses with information and guidance on meeting regulatory obligations. It also identifies the conditions under which the CFIA will provide written responses to enquiries.

            Agency context

            The CFIA's core responsibility is to protect Canadians by safeguarding Canada's food system and the plant and animal resources on which we depend, and supporting the Canadian economy through the trade of Canadian goods.

            The CFIA is committed to being fair and consistent in the application of regulations. The CFIA will, to the extent possible, endeavour to provide information to assist regulated parties and stakeholders in understanding their regulatory obligations. The following describes the CFIA's commitments in the areas of building awareness of regulatory requirements, responding to enquiries, service and stakeholder engagement.

            Plain language commitment

            Building an awareness of regulatory requirements

            Responding to enquiries


            Commitment to professional service


            Staff training

            Stakeholder engagement

            As a regulator, the CFIA engages with stakeholders, including the following groups:

            Commitment to stakeholder engagement

            Stakeholder engagement practices


            For interpretation, clarification or inquiries regarding this policy please contact:

            Regulatory, Legislative and Economic Affairs Division
            Policy and Regulatory Affairs Directorate
            Policy and Programs Branch

            Date of last revision of this 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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