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Environmental Management Policy Statement

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is responsible for the delivery of federal inspection and associated services relating to food, animal health and plant protection across Canada.

The CFIA operates a range of facilities, including national, area, and regional offices, field offices, quarantine and import facilities, and laboratories. The CFIA also has staff located within hundreds of non-governmental establishments across the country.

The CFIA will apply sound environmental principles and practices in the management of its facilities and associated operations. We have made a strong commitment to environmental best practice and prevention of pollution, and through a process of continual improvement, we aim to ensure implementation of efficient and effective environmental practices.

The CFIA is committed to:

  • Ensuring operations and activities meet or exceed federal environmental laws and policies, and where appropriate, operate in a manner compatible with municipal, provincial, territorial, and international statutes, regulations, and standards;
  • Developing and implementing an environmental management program, consistent with the intent of ISO 14001;
  • Working within the federal government’s approach to green government operations;
  • Promoting and engaging our workforce into sharing best practices in the delivery of our services wherever feasible;
  • Providing our employees with the necessary training to carry out their environmental responsibilities in an effective manner; and,
  • Developing and implementing appropriate performance measures and accountability frameworks.

The CFIA prescribes to three pillars of sound environmental management principles and practices to ensure we meet our commitments:

Environmental Protection: Minimizing the release of pollutants into the environment
Planning and Prevention: Integration of environmental considerations into CFIA decision-making
Environmental Stewardship: Conservation of natural resources


Carol Swan
President, CFIA
September 17, 2007

This policy statement applies to all CFIA employees, students, visitors, and contractors. It shall be reviewed and revised every three years.