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Notice to industry - Changes to the requirements for importing earthworms into Canada

June 1, 2020

Beginning October 1, 2020, the following changes to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's (CFIA) plant protection requirements for importing earthworms for commercial or personal purposes will come into effect:

These changes follow a public consultation on a proposal to enhance alignment of the CFIA's earthworm import requirements with plant health risks and international plant protection principles.

Based on comments received during the consultation, the CFIA clarified and added a level of scrutiny to the process for adding to the list of earthworms pre-approved for import. The CFIA may add earthworms to the list:

These changes bring consistency to CFIA's import and domestic requirements, and provide safeguards to account for uncertainties.

You can now submit the Application for permit to import plants and other things (CFIA/ACIA 5256) by using My CFIA online services or by email, fax or mail.

If you have questions, please email

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