The proposed Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) are expected to come into force late spring or early summer. Once implemented, a DRC membership is mandatory for Canadians to buy, sell, import or export fresh fruits and vegetables. Under the existing Canada Agricultural Products Act (CAP Act), the current requirement is to secure either a CFIA Produce Licence or a DRC membership to be in regulatory compliance. Under the new regulations, there will only be one option: a DRC membership. This change will require some modifications to the way DRC currently conducts business.
We will be proposing housekeeping changes to the DRC By-laws and related in-house administrative procedures at our next Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Members in June 2018. These changes relate primarily to increasing the transparency of our membership application and membership maintenance processes. As we get closer to the AGM and in keeping with current By-laws, we will provide members with the proposed changes along with explanatory notes to help members understand the new By-law changes and how they will work on a day-to-day basis.
Hopefully you have been able to take part in some of our recent outreach activities. If you haven’t but are interested in learning more about the proposed SFCR, please contact our office we will be happy to help walk you through the draft regulations.