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Share your thoughts: proposed changes to the Health of Animals Regulations – Cervid movement permits

Current status: Open

Opened on February 22, 2021 and will close to new input on April 7, 2021.

About the consultation

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is launching a 45-day consultation period from February 22, 2021 to April 7, 2021 to seek feedback on the proposal to repeal section 76 of the Health of Animals Regulations.

Under the authority of section 76 of the Health of Animals Regulations, a permit is required to move a cervid from 1 place to another place in Canada. This requirement has been in place for 30 years, and was initially introduced to mitigate the risk of bovine tuberculosis (TB) and brucellosis spread by linking the issuance of a cervid movement permit to whole herd testing for the diseases. A lot has changed since the introduction of cervid movement permits, and the risk posed by the movement of cervids in Canada with respect to bovine TB and brucellosis is not what it was in 1990. The CFIA has reviewed the current use of cervid movement permits, and has determined the functions they serve today can be addressed through other means.

In an effort to streamline regulatory processes and reduce the administrative burden on stakeholders, the CFIA is proposing to repeal section 76 of the Health of Animals Regulations once federal farmed and captive cervid traceability regulations come into force. The feedback gathered through this consultation process will be used to inform the regulatory proposal for publication in the Canada Gazette Part I.

Who is the focus of this consultation

The CFIA would like to engage with all cervid stakeholders, including:

How to participate

Review the document: Proposal to repeal section 76 of the Health of Animals Regulations – The authority for cervid movement permits and provide your comments. We welcome your feedback by e-mail by April 7, 2021. Contact us for more information.

Key questions for comments

Related information

Contact us

Animal Health, Welfare and Biosecurity Division
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
59 Camelot Drive
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0Y9


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