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Q&A: Is your business compliant with CFIA’s new Safe Food for Canadians Regulations?

If your business deals with products for human consumption, you may have new regulatory requirements! 

New Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) came into effect on January 15, 2019, including licencing, traceability, Preventive Controls, and Preventive Control Plans. Here’s how to make sure your business is prepared. 

Do these new rules impact me? 

These new rules apply to any business that conducts certain ‘activities’ across provincial or international borders. These activities include importing, exporting, inter-provincially traded foods and also some activities for foods that stay in-province. 

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has created tools to help you figure out if the new rules apply to your business: 

If you are still unsure if you have to comply with the new regulations, you can reach out to the CFIA at one of the numbers below. 

What are the new requirements? 

There are three new requirements under the SFCRs. 

When do I have to comply? 

Your business may need to comply as of January 15, 2019, but CFIB successfully pushed for additional time for small businesses to comply. These extensions are based on the size of your business (if you have less than four employees) and amount of gross annual food sales. To find out exactly when your business needs to comply, check CFIA’s links: 

Are there any exemptions? 

Yes! Through our fighting for small business owners, CFIB was able to secure an exemption for businesses making less than $100,000 in food sales. These businesses are exempt from having to write Preventive Control Plans. (If you match this criteria, you still need Preventive Controls, which inspectors will look for in any inspection they conduct). CFIA estimates that this exemption will save small businesses over $6,000 to write the Plans and $500 a year in to maintain them thereafter. 

Where can I find out more?