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CFIA rules cost Canadian farmers $657 million a year

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On day three of CFIB’s 5th annual Red Tape Awareness Week™ we released the 2nd CFIA Report Card. For the first time, the cost of complying with CFIA regulations has been calculated, totaling $657 million each year for Canadian farmers.

The report is based on a survey of CFIB agri-business members and provides a comprehensive review of how the CFIA interacts with farmers and the agency’s impact on Canada’s agriculture sector.

We know farmers support rules necessary to ensure safe food and are tired of getting the runaround from the CFIA. Spending thousands of dollars and countless hours navigating through confusing forms and contradictory information leaves farmers completely frustrated. And this does nothing to promote food safety.

Key findings on the CFIA:

  • Since 2006, the annual average cost of complying with the agency’s rules and paperwork has increased from $19,000 to $20,396 per agri-business owner;
  • Only one-in-five business owners believe the CFIA provides good ‘overall service’, the same as previous findings in 2006, indicating there is no improvement in overall service.
  • 60% of agri-business owners say CFIA regulations add significant stress to their lives; and
  • 46% report that the agency’s regulations significantly reduce productivity in their business, up from previous findings (40%) in 2006.

While the report shows improvements to accessibility and attitude of Agency staff, CFIA clearly still has a lot more work to do when it comes to communications and overall service.

We encourage you to show your support for CFIB’s Red Tape Revolution by signing the on-line petition that will be delivered to governments.