New food safety regulations coming

Published November 22, 2018

Many businesses will require a licence when the new Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) come into force next year.

Click here to find out if your business will need a license or be required to meet other SFCR requirements by Jan. 15, 2019.

Businesses that will need a license should enrol now in My CFIA and be prepared to apply for a licence once it becomes available. Click here to learn more about My CFIA and how to enrol.

In order to apply for a licence, businesses will need to attest that they have preventive controls in place. Those who submit an SFCR licence application by email or fax will be redirected to apply online using My CFIA. The CFIA has proposed a $250 fee for the SFCR licence. This fee amount will be confirmed prior to coming into force on Jan. 15, 2019.

Click here to visit the SFCR website, where new and updated guidance documents will be posted on a regular basis to help businesses prepare for the new consolidated regulations.

Click here to read an article in FoodSafety Magazine by Paul Glover, the president of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, to learn more about the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations, which the federal government finalized this past June to replace 14 sets of regulations with one.

If you have any questions or concerns, you can reach out to Lauren van den Berg, Restaurants Canada National Vice President, Government Affairs, at or David Lefebvre, Restaurants Canada Vice President, Federal and Quebec, at


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