Mitigating risks to food safety is the CFIA's highest priority, and the health and safety of Canadians is the driving force behind the design and development of CFIA programs. The CFIA, in collaboration and partnership with industry, consumers, and federal, provincial and municipal organizations, continues to work towards protecting Canadians from preventable health risks related to food and zoonotic diseases.
The current and future economic prosperity of the Canadian agriculture and forestry sectors relies on a healthy and sustainable animal and plant resource base. As such, the CFIA is continually improving its program design and delivery in the animal health and plant resource areas in order to minimize and manage risks. In an effort to protect the natural environment from invasive animal and plant diseases and plant pests, the CFIA also performs extensive work related to the protection of environmental biodiversity.
To excel as a science-based regulator, trusted and respected by Canadians and the international community.
Dedicated to safeguarding food, animals and plants, which enhances the health and well-being of Canada's people, environment and economy.
Statement of values
As employees of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency:
- We value scientific rigour and professional and technical competence. These play a crucial role in our decision making. We do not manipulate science to achieve a desired outcome but acknowledge that other factors must be taken into account in this decision making.
- The reputation and credibility of the Agency are vital to our ability to deliver our mandate. As such, we behave, internally and externally, in a way that trust is preserved.
- We are proud of the contributions we make to the quality of life of Canadians. We value dedication and responsiveness from all employees day to day and, particularly, during an emergency.
- We value competent, qualified and motivated personnel, whose efforts drive the results of the Agency.
- To develop effective policies and strategies, we value the perspectives of the stakeholders who are affected by our decisions.
- We maintain our regulatory independence from all external stakeholders. We have the courage to make difficult and potentially unpopular decisions and recommendations, free from personal bias.
- We are committed to our physical and psychological well-being.
- Statement of values (full text)
- The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and its regulated parties, stakeholders and partners: an ethical relationship
- Policy on the responsible conduct of research and development
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