Safe Food for Canadian License Enforcement as of January 1, 2020

Date posted: December 18, 2019 | Author: Chad Swance, Director of Regulatory Affairs and Trade Compliance


The CFIA in conjunction with the CBSA has released the below statement notifying importers of the enforcement schedule of Safe Food for Canadian License requirements. Also, be reminded of the expanded scope of licenses that will be entering into force in July 2020. To see the complete notice click here. Excerpts below:

“When the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations came into force on January 15, 2019, importers were required to have a
Safe Food for Canadians (SFC) licence to import food into Canada. Since then, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has been using a graduated enforcement approach to help food business comply with the new regulations.


We would like to inform you that, beginning January 15, 2020, if you import any of the following food commodities without
a valid Safe Food for Canadians (SFC) licence to import, you may experience delays or rejection of your shipment at the
border, and you may be subject to other enforcement actions:

  • Meat products and food animals
  • Fish
  • Dairy products
  • Eggs and processed egg products
  • Fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Processed fruit or vegetable products
  • Honey products
  • Maple products

For all other foods, you will require an SFC licence to import on July 15, 2020.”