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Notice to industry: Simplified plant import permit application process

May 1, 2019

Beginning June 1, 2019, importers applying for an import permit under the Plant Protection Act can submit their application electronically to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, without having to submit a hard copy.

Removing the hard-copy requirement makes the electronic application process easier, faster and cheaper, and reduces the administrative burden. This updated process promotes electronic access to CFIA services in line with the Agency's priority to offer digital-first tools and services.

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 e-mail, fax or mail.

For more information on how to apply for this permit, see CFIA's Directive D-97-04.

If you have questions about this notice, please email

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