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The Farm Product Council of Canada’s Policy on Providing Guidance on Regulatory Requirements

Farm Product Council of Canada context

The Farm Products Council of Canada (FPCC) provides oversight of the national supply management agencies for poultry and eggs, and supervises national promotion and research agencies for farm products. The FPCC is responsible for administering two federal Acts and their respective regulations:

The Farm Products Agencies Act provides for the creation and oversight of national marketing agencies as well as promotion and research agencies (PRAs). The FPCC is also responsible for hearing complaints lodged by such parties as may deem themselves unfairly affected by the operations of any of the five existing agencies, that is, the Egg Farmers of Canada, the Chicken Farmers of Canada, the Turkey Farmers of Canada, the Canadian Hatching Egg Producers or the Canadian Beef Check-Off Agency.

The Agricultural Products Marketing Act allows for the delegation of federal authority over interprovincial and export trade in the marketing of farm products to provincial commodity boards. Federal authority to regulate the marketing of commodities for interprovincial and export trade is delegated to provincial commodity boards through federal delegation Orders.

The FPCC will endeavour to provide information to assist stakeholders’ understanding of their regulatory requirements.

The information outlined in this policy is applicable to the FPCC.

Building an awareness of regulatory requirements

The FPCC reaches out to Canadians, farmers and businesses in a variety of ways. For example, the FPCC's website includes information on National Farm Product Marketing Agencies, stakeholders, National Farm Product Promotion and Research Agencies, Council decisions and public hearings.

The FPCC builds awareness by communicating with target audiences. This includes, but is not limited to, communicating through news releases, web content, information bulletins, advertising, social media, exhibits, events and regional outreach.

Guidance documents and other relevant information can be accessed on the FPCC’s website, and are provided in plain language to the fullest extent possible. As well, consultation opportunities may be found on the Consulting with Canadians website and also on the FPCC Forward Regulatory Plan..

The FPCC also publishes information to further support stakeholders. For example, in 2016, two new guidelines were published: the Agency Inspectors Designation Guidelines October 2016, the Agency Auditors and Audit Reporting Guidelines - November 2016 and, in 2017, the Guidelines for establishing a promotion and research agency (PRA)was updated.

Responding to enquiries

The FPCC commits to respond to regulatory questions in a timely manner, and to provide client-focused, helpful, and consistent responses to regulatory interpretation questions. Responses will be communicated in the form in which they are received (i.e. written questions will be responded to in writing) and will be communicated in the official language in which the question was posed.

The FPCC will ensure that all information about regulations, as well as responses to questions, are clear, relevant, objective, easy to understand and useful.

The FPCC will respond to questions regarding Proclamations and Delegation Orders respectively within 72 hours. Questions concerning regulations should be send to aafc.fpcc-cpac.acc@canada.ca, or 1-613-759-1555.

Information about regulatory instruments established under the Farm Products Agencies Act and the Agricultural Products Marketing Act can be found at the FAQ page.

Note that verbal and email responses to questions about regulations are not considered legally binding. Written interpretive responses of regulations and rules relating to practice and procedure before the FPCC are binding on the FPCC if all the material facts have been submitted, are accurate, and remain substantially unchanged. Furthermore, the interpretation applies only to the party requesting the interpretation. A written interpretive response to a question about a rule or regulation relating to practice and procedure before the FPCC can take 30 days or longer to receive depending on the complexity of the question. Requests for a written interpretive response must be submitted to the FPCC in writing. The FPCC does not issue binding interpretive responses on matters relating to the FPAA that are within the authority of Council members to determine. However, decisions of the Council are available on the FPCC's website.

Commitment to professional service

The FPCC is commited to providing professional service and takes pride in what it does. We are an organization dedicated to serving the public. We are here to provide support to both our clients and colleagues. We are committed to delivering high quality service when responding to questions related to regulatory requirements because we understand the importance of agriculture to our economy, communities, environment and human health.

The FPCC tracks all client inquiries and complaints received through phone and email.

The FPCC provides ongoing support to its employees by providing them with the regular training to deliver high quality, service-related professional services and to provide information on regulatory requirements.

Stakeholder engagement

FPCC is committed to engaging stakeholders, as appropriate, when developing, reviewing or refining practices and materials for providing information and guidance on regulatory compliance and answering questions.

FPCC will continue to seek stakeholder feedback on regulatory issues, including the Policy on Providing Guidance on Regulatory Requirements, through its existing stakeholder communication mechanisms (e.g., the National Agencies, the Provincial Commodity Boards and the Provincial Supervisory Boards web sites and periodic journals) as well as via this webpage.

Under the Complaint By-Law, the FPCC has a mechanism for hearing complaints related the Farm Products Agency Act. For further information please refer to our Complaints page

FPCC is committed to improving its services and providing guidance on regulatory requirements. FPCC posts its Newsletter which provides decision outcomes from each Council meeting. Additionally, the Letters of Decision are also available and these key documents pertain to specific requests from national agencies for amendments to regulatory instruments.

Moreover, the FPCC posts industry statistical data. These data sets, which contain statistics related to the poultry and egg industries, are collected from various federal institutions such as Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Statistics Canada, and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. The industry statistics are formatted to present a concise compilation of various data including the number of producers and volume of production, farm cash receipts value, producer prices and storage stocks.

The FPCC will continue to implement updates as new documents are produced and as new developments take place, for example, changes to the composition of FPCC’s Board of Council members or to national agencies’ boards, and notifications of upcoming industry meetings.

If you have feedback concerning the FPCC’s guidance on regulatory requirements, please email us at aafc.fpcc-cpac.acc@canada.ca.

Date of last revision

March 13, 2019

For more information

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: