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Current measures during COVID-19 for industry regulated by the CFIA


In recent days, the CFIA has received many requests from industry to have its inspectors and officials sign various documents, such as Visitor Request Forms and COVID-19 Screening Forms, before entering its facilities. Inspectors have also received requests from industry to follow specific directives before entering a place for inspection. As you are aware, CFIA officials are not present at establishments as "visitors" but as inspectors under CFIA legislation that allows them to enter any place in which they have reasonable grounds to believe that an activity regulated by CFIA legislation is conducted, for the purpose of verifying compliance and/or preventing non-compliance.

To ensure that inspectors continue to meet the health and safety requirements stemming from the Public Health Agency of Canada's (PHAC) and Health Canada's guidelines regarding the management of the COVID-19 Pandemic, CFIA employees have been asked to conduct a self-assessment of their daily health status for potential symptoms of the virus prior to each shift. They have also been asked to follow COVID-19 protocols put in place by the establishments in which they work, such as the monitoring of temperature upon arrival on or at an establishment.

Please note that CFIA employees have been advised by the CFIA not to sign documents such as your company's COVID-19 Form as they are required to abide by the policies, procedures and terms of employment established by their employer, the CFIA. As a reminder, CFIA inspectors are not obligated to share personal information with regulated parties regarding their personal travels or health conditions. This is protected personal information under the federal Privacy Act.

The CFIA understands the concerns of industry with respect to COVID-19 and the exceptional circumstances that currently exist. The purpose of this Notice is to inform regulated parties of some of the measures that it has put in place regarding the COVID-19 situation. These measures are informed by the CFIA's obligations regarding the health and safety of its employees, which derive from federal legislation, that is, the Canada Labour Code, Part II, and the Canada Occupational Health and Safety Regulations. Regarding the COVID-19 situation, the CFIA is also taking into consideration the advice and recommendations of the Public Health Agency of Canada, Health Canada and Treasury Board.

The CFIA takes its obligations regarding the health and safety of its employees very seriously. As a result, it has advised its employees of the following based on the current advice from the Public Health Agency of Canada (please note, this advice to employees is subject to change and to being updated):

The CFIA expects regulated parties to take similar measures.

Due to the evolving nature of a pandemic, the information contained in this Notice is subject to change. Please check the CFIA's website regularly for updates to this Notice.

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