What to expect from future traceability regulations
The Canadian Sheep Federation (CSF) has engaged with the CFIA
through two rounds of national consultations in 2013 and 2015 on
proposed amendments to the Health of Animals Regulations dealing
with livestock identification and traceability. Through the
Regulatory Implementation Committee, national industry associations
including the CSF, provinces and the federal government are
preparing the implementation of the proposed regulations in order
to ensure compliance with the new proposed requirements and message
consistency. What follows provides insight into what's to be
expected from amended traceability regulations. Proposed
regulations are expected to be published in Part I of the Canada
Gazette in the spring or fall 2018, providing greater detail about
specific requirements. There will be a 75 day comment period
following publication in Part I of Canada Gazette, and the CSF will
continue to advocate for the interests of Canadian sheep farmers
and ranchers as regulations are finalized.
Objectives, Goals, Current Gaps
1. The objective of the livestock traceability system is to
provide timely, accurate and relevant information to reduce the
impacts of a disease outbreak, food safety issue or natural
disasters originating from and /or affecting livestock.
- Effective traceability can better protect public health and
support industry market access, competitiveness and consumer
2. Four gaps that have been identified in the current livestock
identification and traceability
- livestock species that share diseases are not all subject to
- the time period provided to report an event to a responsible
administrator is too long too support an efficient response to
disease outbreaks, or natural disasters;
- information about the geographical location of sites (premises)
where animals are located is limited; and,
- information about the domestic movements of livestock is
unknown or not readily available.
3. The proposed livestock traceability regulation amendments
will align with livestock identification and traceability
requirements already adopted by provincial and territorial
4. The objective of the proposed regulatory amendments is to
address the gaps previously identified during consultations in 2013
5. An industry-government Regulatory Implementation Committee has
been formed with the objective to collaboratively identify and
prioritize actions to help prepare for a smooth implementation of
proposed amendments to the Health of Animals Regulations.
Proposed Requirements: Animal Identification
6. The proposed regulatory amendments include identification
requirements for goat, farmed deer, and elk thereby broadening the
scope of activities and animals that are subject to traceability
requirements. Identification requirements for bison, cattle, sheep
and pigs are already covered under the Health of Animals
Proposed Requirements: Premises Identification
7. A premises is a land parcel where farm animals are kept,
assembled or disposed of.
8. Each province issues premises identification numbers. A premises
identified by a provincial or territorial government will not be
required to be re-identified through the proposed federal
9. Under the proposed regulations, persons who own or have the care
or control of livestock will be required to provide the premises
identification number for the location where approved indicators
are applied to their animals. Should the animals be moved, to a new
location, outside of the farm operation, the premises
identification number for the destination location will also need
to be provided.
10. Under the proposed amendments, a unique premises identification
number is provided once information about the specific premises is
validated by the provincial or territorial government where it is
located. Examples of what must be received, include;
- contact information,
- location of the premises,
- type of agricultural and agri-food operation on site, and
- animal species kept on the premises.
Proposed Requirements: Movement Reporting
11. Under the proposed amendments, with some exemptions, the
domestic movement for all regulated species will be required to be
12. Under the proposed amendments, the allowable time to report the
movement or death of animals to the responsible administrator will
be reduced to seven (7) days from 30 days.
Proposed Requirements: Documentation
13. Under the proposed amendments certain information will be
required to accompany a load of animals and/or animal carcasses
being transported. The format/media on which the information should
be provided will not be prescribed within the regulations, but
could include paper or electronic forms.
14. Under the proposed amendments, the federal requirement for
information to accompany animals and carcasses will not apply for
species where similar provincial regulatory requirement already
15. To support transporters with compliance in provinces that do
not currently require any movement documentation, a voluntary
movement document template will be made available.
Milestones and Timelines
16. The proposed regulations are expected to be published in
spring or fall 2018. Following the publication of the proposed
regulations in Part I of the Canada Gazette
stakeholders will have 75 days to review and provide comment.
17. CFIA will review and consider all comments received prior to
finalizing the regulation amendments and publishing them in Part II
of the Canada Gazette. Once published in Part II of the Canada
Gazette, the regulations will be considered final and immediately
come into force.
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