Traceability

CAFE is working closely with industry stakeholders on livestock traceability as it pertains to fairs, exhibitions and agricultural societies. We understand that the current and proposed changes are not only potentially a financial and administrative burden to you, but also raise concerns of health and safety. As the majority of fairs, exhibitions and agricultural societies are run by or heavily rely on volunteers, these concerns become even more pressing. We want to ensure the success of your events for years to come and are working in close collaboration with the provincial associations to represent your interests.

Below you will find important documents and updates about livestock traceability as it relates to your events. NOTE: The information provided is of a federal scope. Your province may have additional rules, guidelines and information. Contact your provincial association for further information. Please review carefully.

LIVESTOCK TRACEABILITY FAQ’S

CURRENT REGULATIONS

What do I need to do this summer for livestock traceability?
There is nothing different you need to do for this summer. However, since 2000, fairs and exhibitions have been deemed responsible to ensure all animals who arrive on the grounds have approved tags. The best practice to be compliant with this is to tell all exhibitors that their animals will not be allowed on the grounds if they are not properly identified with an approved tag. You can include these in your rules and regulations and include signage on your grounds at your entrances to support this regulation.

Should I be tagging animals on my grounds?
We do not recommend you be responsible for tagging animals for liability reasons. Instead, we recommend that you do not allow animals on the grounds that are not tagged, and if a tag is removed or lost that the owner of the animal replace the tag as soon as possible.

Why did the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency (CCIA) email me?
As part of the proposed changes, you will need to get a premise identification number (PID), and the CCIA is building their database of PIDs. To get a PID, please contact your provincial representative.

What animals are subject to livestock traceability?
Currently, cattle, bison, sheep and pigs are subject to livestock traceability.

Where does the fair and exhibition industry stand on this?
The provinces and national organization (CAFE) have signed a position statement on livestock traceability. We are not in favour of fairs and exhibitions being responsible for tagging and reporting.

What should I do?
More information will follow on how you can support the position statement before and during the 75 day comment period.  It is important that we have a unified voice in advocating for change. At this point, you should:

  1. Amend your rules and regulations to specify that all animals arriving on your grounds require approved tags
  2. Sign up for a premise identification number and inform CCIA of this number (it will be required regardless of whether fairs and exhibitions are responsible for submitting when animals arrive on and leave the fairgrounds)
  3. Monitor your inboxes for emails from CAFE and your provincial association regarding next steps.
    PROPOSED REGULATIONS

What is going to possibly change?
There are proposed changes that will mean your fair or exhibition will be obligated to record and submit when animals arrive on and leave your fairgrounds. As well, goats and cervids would be subject to livestock traceability regulations.

When will these changes likely happen?
We have just received notice that the earliest these changes will be discussed is Winter/Spring 2020. Which means final approval will not occur until late 2020 at the earliest. You will likely have to implement changes in 2021. The regulations need to be published in the Canadian Gazette (Winter/Spring 2020) with a 75 day comment period. The comments are then reviewed and the final version will be published in the Canadian Gazette. Once the final version is published, the rules will be implemented.

Federal Budget

CAFE WELCOMES THE FEDERAL BUDGET AS POSITIVE FIRST STEPS (March 2019)
The Canadian Association of Fairs and Exhibitions (CAFE) is pleased to see one of their recommendations to the Federal Finance Committee has been implemented.

Last fall, CAFE provided recommendations to the Federal Finance Committee for consideration to support fairs and events across Canada.

After the release of the 2019 federal budget yesterday afternoon, the government announced $24 million over two years to support, “more festivals, large-scale and community-based celebrations and commemoration initiatives.” This funding will be provided to the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Program and the Celebration and Commemoration Program.

“We are very pleased that our recommendation is represented in the budget,” says Christina Franc, Executive Director of CAFE, “however, we will continue to meet with stakeholders to ensure that our industry is eligible for these grants and our events are considered cultural and heritage events under the definitions related to these funding opportunities, in line with another recommendation.”

CAFE also welcomes funding that will directly and indirectly support the industry and our communities. Funding to support capital infrastructure repairs, the proposed Canadian Experiences Fund, improved rural broadband internet and improving efficiency in buildings are all programs that will help fairs and events across Canada become sustainable and competitive, particularly in rural communities.

“Our organization and members don’t necessarily fit nicely into one federal department. We are agriculture, we are tourism, we are Canadian heritage,” says Franc, “and so we will work with our industry to make the best use of these opportunities while continuing to work for more structured funding dedicated to our industry.”

A final consideration CAFE would like to see in the future is dedicated funding to the newly created department of Rural and Economic Development to move their mandate forward without having to rely on inter-departmental funding.

Over the past year, CAFE presented a brief to the finance committee, made a presentation in Manitoba, and met with several Ministers of Parliament in order to ensure there was a strong voice at the federal level for fairs and events. CAFE is a charitable, service-based organization established in 1924 that represents almost 800 rural and urban events across Canada that see 35 million visitors each year and contribute $1 billion to the Canadian economy. CAFE supports stakeholders who have a direct interest and link with the Canadian fair and exhibition industry.

For more information:
Christina Franc, Executive Director
1-800-663-1714 Ext. 700 | christina@canadian-fairs.ca

Bill S-228

FEDERAL BILL CONCERN FOR FAIRS, EXHIBITIONS AND EVENTS (April 2018)
Subject: Bill S-228: An Act to amend the Food and Drugs Act (prohibiting food and beverage marketing directed at children), a.k.a. Child Health Protection Act

Dear fairs, exhibitions and agricultural societies,
Over the past several months, the Canadian Association of Fairs and Exhibitions (CAFE) has been pursuing conversations with the Federal Government in regards to the above-noted Bill (the full text of the Bill is available here: https://parl.ca/DocumentViewer/en/9118296). The purpose of this Bill is to regulate advertising towards children as it relates to any unhealthy foods as defined by Health Canada. Regulations may come into effect as early as 2019. CAFE fully supports engaging in healthy practices and encouraging healthy lifestyles for children, however the vague language of the Bill raises concern for our events in two ways:

Many local fairs and events rely heavily on the support from local businesses, sponsors, and corporations to sustain their community-building activities. Bill S-228 may impact upon their industries and their support of our events. Without the support of the private sector partners who also support other events, like sports events (i.e. Tim Horton’s hockey sponsorship) that are exempted under Bill S-228, these events may suffer from significant revenue loss.
Examples of sponsorships that may be lost include: support from your Local Tim Horton’s, sponsorship from Coca Cola or Pepsi, program funding from McDonalds, to name a few.

Furthermore, there are hundreds of small businesses in the form of vendors, food trucks and concessionaires at our events who will likely have difficulty abiding by the law within the timeframe and within their own budgets. The atmosphere of the fair is a colourful, joyous event, and we are concerned that our vendors will be relegated to painting their trucks white, thereby losing sales themselves, and negatively impacting the fair’s income and ambiance.
As a result, CAFE has, and will continue to be taking several steps to seek an amendment in the Bill or a commitment from Health Canada that our events will be exempt in the regulations.

CAFE’s Key Messages

The majority of our events have been around for decades and therefore hold deep cultural roots and traditions within their communities. Generations of families have been involved as volunteers, participants or visitors. 90%+ of visitors to fairs agree they are a major social gathering for the community, they are important to Canadian tradition and the events enhance the quality of life for people living in the region. Likewise, our events are key opportunities to involve all ages in civic engagement, whether it is volunteering for the event or for an organization attending the event, event the smallest fairs and exhibitions easily see 150-300 volunteers engaged each year.
Often, it is the one event of the year that not only brings together the entire community but is a driving force for economic stimulation, averaging an economic impact of $17.2 million on the local economy per fair. Small fairs alone average $750,000, which in a small town represents a huge boon for business.
These events are family friendly, offering entertainment and activities for all ages. In fact, the demographics are balances up to the age of 59, and children aged 10-13 represent less than 26 per cent of the total audience.
The strength of our events comes from their rich backgrounds, which are complemented with modern innovations, education and entertainment. Our events have been at the forefront of technological innovation and educational exchange for decades, having in the past been the only place where this information could be sought. Today, while individuals can find information elsewhere, it has not prevented our events from offering top-notch educational opportunities, particularly in relation to technology, agriculture and healthy living. More than 50 per cent of individuals say the educational component of our events enhances their visits and the top educational reasons for visiting fairs include: healthy eating, food safety, cooking and food preparation and agriculture and farming.
CAFE would be glad to work with the Federal Government to complement Bill S-228 by developing and offering educational modules on healthy eating at our events, something many have already been doing independently for years.
Finally, we are one of the few events that offers real, authentic experiences that still see children get outside and do something, whether it’s riding the midway, visiting animals or playing games, to name a few.
This letter is to inform you of the current situation, so that you may also in turn inform your boards and other relevant stakeholders.

Whether you are a fair, exhibition, rodeo, agricultural society, other event, service member or provincial association, we are now seeking your assistance as we launch a letter-writing campaign. We would like to encourage you to contact your Member of Parliament (MP) directly with a letter and/or a phone call expressing your concern in regards to this bill. The effect this Bill will have on our events has not been considered and this is a great way to build the conversation. In contacting your MP directly, you will make a connection with them as a constituent but also will be able to speak to your event specifically and how this bill may affect you.

We have some simple steps to follow:
1. If you are unsure who your local MP is, visit http://www.ourcommons.ca/parliamentarians/en/constituencies/FindMP to find your MP.
2. For your convenience, we have attached a sample letter you may use. Please adjust it and send it to your MP. If possible, please try to copy info@canadian-fairs.ca so we may track the responses.
3. Follow up a few days later with your MP on the telephone to discuss his/her thoughts and possible actions.

If you require any assistance, CAFE is here to help at 1-800-663-1714 or info@canadian-fairs.ca

CAFE is here to represent our best interests and so we encourage you to continue your engagement with us. In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at christina@canadian-fairs.ca.

Kind regards,

Christina Franc
Executive Director, CAFE