Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

December 06, 2010 10:30 ET

CFIA: Pilot Project Applications Ready to Facilitate Interprovincial Trade

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 6, 2010) - Fulfilling a promise made at the Agriculture ministers' meeting in July, the Government of Canada will invest up to $3 million for a series of pilot projects that will investigate and help better position provincial meat processors to move their safe, high quality product across the country while keeping with Canada's high federal food safety standards.

"Producers and processors can be proud of their safe, high quality meat, but are often unable to sell to customers just kilometres away because of a provincial border," said Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz. "We are working with the provinces to inject some common sense into interprovincial trade so that producers and processors can share their world-class product with more Canadian consumers."

As part of the ongoing work by federal and provincial Ministers to create market opportunities for farmers and producers, these pilot projects are part of a roadmap that would expand interprovincial trade in meat. Officials will work with industry to validate new inspection procedures, collect samples and information, and determine what technical procedures could be adapted to better reflect the operating environments of meat processors of all sizes.

"Breaking down interprovincial trade barriers will benefit our producers, processors and packers, who will be able to expand their markets," said Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Bob Bjornerud, who was the co-chair of the Ministers' meetings this year. "Consumers in Saskatchewan and across Canada will benefit from a sound science-based approach to reducing red tape and interprovincial trade barriers."

Facilities interested in participating in the pilot project are invited to submit their application by January 7th to their respective province. Information about this project, including the list of participating provinces/territories, and how to apply, is available at the following website:

http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/fssa/meavia/interprov/interprove.shtml

"One of the Canadian Cattlemen's Association's principles is free and competitive trade, both internationally and interprovincially," said Canadian Cattlemen's Association President Travis Toews. "The domestic market is our biggest market; removing barriers to improve interprovincial trade is a worthy undertaking."

This federal investment is being delivered through the Agricultural Flexibility Fund. The Agricultural Flexibility Fund provides up to $500-million to implement new initiatives that will help the agriculture sector adapt to pressures and improve its competitiveness by funding projects that reduce production costs, improve environmental sustainability, promote innovation and respond to market challenges.

Provincial governments and industry will be invited to contribute to those selected pilot projects.

Contact Information

  • Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    Media Relations
    Media Inquiries
    613-773-6600
    or
    Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz
    Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Minister
    for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    Meagan Murdoch
    Press Secretary
    613-759-1059