Acts and Regulations
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada is responsible for a number of Acts passed by the Parliament of Canada that are related to agriculture in Canada.
What are we doing?
As a department, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada is responsible for administering Acts and Regulations and for implementing government-wide regulatory initiatives.
Targeted Regulatory Reviews
Following the recommendations of the Advisory Council on Economic Growth, and recognizing the importance of ensuring that regulatory frameworks remain effective and relevant, the Government of Canada announced in Budget 2018 that it would fund over three years "targeted reviews of regulatory requirements and practices that are bottlenecks to economic growth and innovation." The first round of targeted Regulatory Reviews focused on three high-growth sectors, including agri-food and aquaculture.
Based on feedback from stakeholder engagement, the departments and agencies drafted a Sectoral Regulatory Roadmap to address issues raised. The Agri-food and Aquaculture Regulatory Review Roadmap lays out a regulatory modernization plan in support of innovation and economic growth in the agri-food and aquaculture sector.
Planned or anticipated changes to regulations (Forward Regulatory Plan or the Stock Review plan)
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada publishes a public list, with descriptions, of planned or anticipated federal regulatory changes that Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada intends to bring forward over a 24-month period (Forward Regulatory Plan).
The Forward Regulatory Plan landing page includes a link to the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's stock review plan, which is Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's plan to review its entire regulatory stock over a set period of time. The stock review plan includes
- a list of the regulations that will undergo a review, prioritized in a way that makes sense to the regulator and stakeholders
- a time frame for the review(s)
View the Forward Regulatory Plan.
How guidance on regulatory requirements is provided (Policy on Providing Guidance on Regulatory Requirements)
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's Policy on Providing Guidance on Regulatory Requirements:
- outlines the commitments, practices and tools that Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada applies when providing Canadians and businesses with information and guidance on regulatory obligations to be met
- identifies the conditions under which written responses to questions will be provided
View Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's Policy on Providing Guidance on Regulatory Requirements.
Number of administrative burden requirements in regulations (Administrative Burden Baseline initiative)
The Administrative Burden Baseline initiative requires departments and agencies to
- establish a baseline count of federal regulatory requirements that impose administrative burden on business
- annually update and report publicly on the count of baseline requirements
View the number of administrative burden requirements in regulations administered by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Administrative burden baseline count and annual updates.
Frequently asked questions — regulations
The frequently asked questions are meant to provide Canadians and businesses with basic information about all of the regulations that Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada administers directly.
All of the Government of Canada's acts and regulations can be found on the Justice Laws website.
Consult the following for links to the Cabinet Directive on Regulation and supporting policies and guidance, and for information on government-wide regulatory initiatives implemented by departments and agencies across the Government of Canada:
To learn about upcoming or ongoing consultations on proposed federal regulations, visit
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