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Forward Regulatory Plan: 2021 to 2023
Amendments to the Hatchery Regulations, Hatchery Exclusion Regulations and part of the Health of Animals Regulations

Description of the objective

These proposed amendments to the Hatchery Regulations would replace and repeal the current Hatchery Regulations, the Hatchery Exclusion Regulations and parts of the Health of Animals Regulations in order to consolidate the requirements for licensing and operating poultry hatchery establishments in Canada into a single part of the Health of Animals Regulations, under the Health of Animals Act.

The regulatory proposal would result in a modern, more outcome-based regulatory framework that would allow CFIA and hatchery and supply flock (breeding) sectors to keep pace with advances in science and technology; enable appropriate monitoring and controls for current, emerging and future pathogenic organisms of concern; and facilitate international trade by raising the Canadian requirements to an equivalent level to several international trading partners. The proposed amendments would establish updated national requirements for hatcheries related to licensing, preventive control plans, and sampling and testing in order to minimize diseases in poultry hatcheries and supply flocks in Canada.

The amended regulations would incorporate by reference the National Farm Animal Care Council's Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Hatching Eggs, Breeders, Chickens and Turkeys that sets standards for the production and management of eggs and chicks sourced by hatcheries from supply flocks. Referencing these standards would extend the mitigation of disease and welfare risks down the supply chain, which would allow Canada to promote the integrity of its hatchery and breeding industry to the international community with increased credibility for international trade.

Enabling act

Health of Animals Act

Potential impacts on Canadians, including businesses

There would be business impacts. The affected stakeholders include hatcheries, supply flock farms and consumers. The "One-for-One" rule and the Small Business Lens would apply. CFIA's analysis on the impacts of the proposed changes is ongoing.

It is expected that this initiative will not have significant impacts on international trade or investment.

CFIA would provide transitional provisions to assist industry readiness.

Regulatory cooperation efforts (domestic, international)

While not part of a formal regulatory cooperation agenda, CFIA has reached out to its United States counterpart, the Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's National Poultry Improvement Plan program and continues to consult with them.

Public consultation opportunities

The proposed regulatory amendments to the Health of Animals Regulations (Hatchery) were pre-published in the Canada Gazette, Part I, on March 14, 2020. The public consultation period was extended from the original 60-day period (which would have ended on May 12, 2020), to September 30, 2020.

CFIA has completed its analysis of all comments received during the public consultation and is making the appropriate changes to the regulatory package. A "what we heard" report was published on the CFIA website:

Final publication in Canada Gazette, Part II, is anticipated for fall 2021.

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Date the regulatory initiative was first included in the FRP

This initiative was first included in the 2014 to 2016 mid-year update.

For more information

Consult CFIA's acts and regulations web page for:

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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