Monday, March 20, 2017

CFIA wants to revamp fees

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has begun the process to change the fees it charges for services.

On its website, this week it says:

“Currently, hundreds of sector-specific CFIA fees are in place, which creates complexity and inconsistencies in how fees are calculated.

“In addition, most of the CFIA's fees have not changed since the organization was created almost 20 years ago, but the cost of delivering services has increased with inflation and other factors.

“To advance the cost recovery initiative, the CFIA is undertaking a two-phased consultation.

“Phase one: From January 26 to April 21, 2017, the CFIA is seeking your input on:
   a proposed list of services that allows fees to be charged consistently for similar CFIA services
   proposed service standards for CFIA services
   the appropriate level of cost sharing between regulated parties and taxpayers
   impacts of potential fee increases on businesses

“Phase two: The CFIA will provide stakeholders with a summary of feedback received during phase one consultations and specific fee proposals for each service.

To participate

   Review what changes are being proposed: Cost Recovery Initiative: Consultation Document.
   Complete the Impact Assessment Questionnaire.
   Sign up for a webinar or for one of the face-to-face meetings taking place across the country.
   New: The cost recovery initiative will be discussed during Food Regulatory Workshops in Fredericton, New Brunswick on March 30, 2017, and Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island on March 31, 2017.

For more details and to register, please contact Chad MacPherson at ,