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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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