The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has embarked on a transformation and modernization agenda, propelled by the new Safe Food for Canadians Act that is focused on stronger food safety rules, more effective inspection, commitment to service and more information transparency for consumers.

In May 2014, CFIA published the latest framework for food inspection. To download this document, click here.

CFIA is inviting feedback from industry regarding the latest framework; visit the CFIA’s website for more information.The Safe Food for Canadians Act is the cornerstone of CFIA’s agenda for change that is aimed at promoting safer food and better protection to optimize the health and safety of Canadians and make Canadian businesses more competitive globally.

Key change initiatives include:

  • Inspection Modernization;
  • Food Regulatory Modernization;
  • Food Safety Action Plan’s Import Licensing;
  • Compliance Promotion; and
  • Food Labelling Modernization

Part 1 – Present & future
Part 2 – Licensing
Part 3 – Traceability
Part 4 – Preventative Control Plan (PCP) 
Part 5 – Implementation timelines

Livingston will continue to analyze the CFIA’s Imported Food Sector Regulatory Proposal, Inspection Modernization and Food Labelling Modernization programs to understand its potential impact on our clients. We’ll be updating our website regularly in the coming months as we learn more about the upcoming changes and how they may affect your business.

Getting ready for CFIA modernization

Get ready for CFIA modernization and learn how you compare to your industry peers in aligning your food safety practices with CFIA’s modernization agenda.


CFIA coming into force plan

Registered Sector* Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Non-Registered*
CFIA Federal
April 2018 April 2018 April 2020
Control Plan
April 2018 April 2019 April 2020
– Minimal changes
for industry
– No substantive food safety provisions- FDA applies – Most change for industry- FDA applies

*Includes new export requirements for these products