Agriculture Acts and Regulations - Frequently Asked Questions

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 What are the Provincial Acts and Regulations related to Agriculture, that govern farming and food protection?
The Water Act, Agricultural Operations Practices Acts and Regulations, Agricultural Pests Acts and Regulation, Surface Rights Acts, Public Lands Acts, Line Fence Act, Bee Act and Regulation, Crop Payments Act, and Horned Cattle Purchase Act are just a few of the 42 Acts that govern farming and food protection. Click here for a complete listing of the 42 Acts and Regulations, all Acts are listed with a Table of Contents that are explained in greater detail.

Example: Bee Act

Table of Contents

2.Apiculturist, inspectors
4.Production of documents
5.Beekeeper registration
6.Bee information
7.Bees coming into Alberta
8.Problem bees
9.Orders served
10.Order compliance

What Federal body is responsible for helping the people of Canadian residency maintain and improve their health?
"In partnership with provincial and territorial governments, Health Canada provides national leadership to develop health policy, enforce health regulations, promote disease prevention and enhance healthy living for all Canadians." " It also works closely with other federal departments, agencies and health stakeholders to reduce health and safety risks to Canadians." (Health Canada, 2004)

What Acts are the Minister of Health and Health Canada involved in?
The Canadian Environmental Protection Act, Food and Drugs Act, Pest Control Products Act (Administered by Pest Management Regulatory Agency), Canadian Food Inspection Agency Act, and Feeds Act.

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What Body enforces food safety and nutritional quality standards established by Health Canada, for animal health and plant protection, to set standards and carry out enforcement and inspection?
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) protects consumers by contributing to food safety, the protection of plants and the health of animals in Canada. Food safety and consumer protection are essential to the health of Canadians. Inspection and verification of importers and exporters enhance the level of confidence in agricultural inputs, animal and plant health and food safety, elements essential to marketplace confidence. The legislative authorities provide health, social and economic benefits for all Canadians. (CFIA, 2004)

What Agricultural Inputs does the CFIA enforce and administrate?
Animal Health, Feeds, Fertilizers, Grains and Field Crops, Horticulture, Plant Breeder’s Rights, Plants with Novel Traits, Potato, Seeds, Variety Registration, Veterinary Biologics. Acts that are carried out under these commodities include Canada Agricultural Products Acts, Feeds Act, Fertilizers Act, Plant Breeder’s Rights Act, Plant Protection Act, Seeds Act, Health of Animals Act, and Meat Inspection Act.

Prepared by Kim Zeleny, Ag-Info Centre, Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development

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This information published to the web on March 18, 2004.
Last Reviewed/Revised on February 7, 2018.