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Share your thoughts: Proposed amendments to fish import inspection fees in the CFIA Fees Notice

Current status: Open

Opened on May 13, 2024 and closes on June 12, 2024

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is seeking feedback on the proposed changes to Part 16 – Fish Inspection Fees of the CFIA Fees Notice related to import inspection fees.

Join in: How to participate

Stakeholders are encouraged to share comments on the proposed amendments to the fish import inspection fees if there are any concerns with the approach to the amendments.

Comments can be sent to cost-recovery@inspection.gc.ca. Please use "Fish import inspection fees" in the subject line of the email. The CFIA is asking for comments and feedback by June 12, 2024, 30 days from the date of this posting.

Who is the focus of this consultation

Stakeholders, including:

  • fish and seafood importers
  • industry associations
  • other government departments
  • international trading partners

All comments are welcome from industry, governments, the public, or other organizations or individuals.

Background: Key areas for discussion

When the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) came into force in 2019, the Safe Food for Canadians (SFC) licence replaced all former food licences, including the two fish and seafood import licence types issued under the repealed Fish Inspection Regulations.

For fish and seafood importers, this meant that licensing fees were reduced, but import inspection service fees were maintained at the same level until the CFIA's service fees modernization initiative could be advanced. This approach was consulted with stakeholders in 2018, as part of the SFCR consultation, and supported for implementation based on the feedback received.

The CFIA is now in a position to advance its service fees modernization initiative, and is focusing current efforts on reviewing areas in the CFIA Fees Notice that require updates. Based on recent feedback from fish and seafood stakeholders, the CFIA is prioritizing the review and amendment of the service fees related to imports of fish products.

Proposed changes

Changes to Part 16, Fish Inspection Fees, fall into the following two main categories:

Category 1: Updates to wording and references of Section 4 by aligning the existing wording and references with the requirements found in the SFCR related to the SFC licence and consequent elimination of the reference to the Quality Management Program. Wording updates to Section 4 will not impact services to fish and seafood importers.

Proposed new wording and references:

4. (1) Subject to subsection (2), a licensed importer who imports fish into Canada shall pay in respect of the type of product set out in column 1 of an item of table 2, an inspection service fee, per kilogram of declared weight of fish imported, in the amount identified in column 2 of table 2.

Category 2: Updates to wording and fees of "Table 2: Inspection Service for Imports" by deleting the wording and reference to the Quality Management Program and all fees associated with Column 2. A single fee of $0.00230 (adjusted annually for inflation, as per Service Fees Act), per kilogram of declared weight of fish imported into Canada, will be established for all types of fish products. Wording and updates to fees will not impact services, but will impact costs to fish and seafood importers currently paying fees associated with Column 2.

Next steps

The CFIA will review all of the comments received. If no significant concerns are raised, the CFIA will finalize the approval of the amendments. If significant concerns are raised, the CFIA will re-evaluate the approach. A "What We Heard" report that summarizes the feedback received along with final amendments will be published.

Related information

Contact us

Service Fees
Policy and Programs Branch
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
1400 Merivale Road
Ottawa, ON K1A 0Y9
Email: cost-recovery@inspection.gc.ca