OUR VISION: Canada is trusted as a world leader in the provision of safe and wholesome meat.
OUR MISSION: Canadian Meat Council advocates for the needs of its members to secure and improve Canada’s global meat competitiveness.
As the national association of federally inspected meat packers and processors, the Canadian Meat Council acts as a forum in which member company representatives come together with like-minded firms to consolidate opinion on important issues. The Canadian Meat Council has been doing just this, with success, since its founding in 1919.
A major industry today needs to be able to speak responsibly with a single voice to Governments. Although it is sometimes difficult to reach industry consensus, the industry voice gains in strength and is respected when the majority of firms in the sector support the industry position. Food safety and animal welfare and handling are example of non-competitive issues for which industry best practices are shared.
Members participate at the national level through a number of Board-mandated Committees or sector groupings which include:
- Beef, Veal and Lamb
- Associate Members
- Annual Conference
- E. coli & Listeria Working Groups
- Prepared Meats
The current regular membership includes 51 firms operating 133 plants.
Canadian Meat Council
Lobbying Activity Information
Legislative Proposal, Bill or Resolution
- Bill S-11 Safe Food Act for Canadians, the Canadian Meat Council is advocating for clarity surrounding sections 52 to 55 of the Bill that refers to "Incorporation by Reference".
- Canada-EU: the Canadian Meat Council is providing input into technical access issues for Canadian meat into Europe underthe Canada European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement.
- Canada-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement: the Canadian Meat Council is very supportive of this Agreement and is providing input for an ambitious outcome.
- Food and Drugs Act: the Canadian Meat Council is advocating for an ammendment to the Act to allow for the immediate approval in Canada of all antimicrobial agents currently approved by European Union and by the U.S. Food and Drugs Administration.
- Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement- the Canadian Meat Council is advocating for Canada's full participation in the TPP with a very ambitious free trade agenda.
- World Trade Organization Doha Round Negotiations: the Canadian Meat Council supports an ambitious trade deal at the World Trade Organization to gain better access to important export markets. We need a significant reduction in import tariffs, the elimination of export subsidies and greatly reduced domestic support that distorts pricing and international markets.
Legislative Proposal, Bill or Resolution, Policies or Program, Regulation
- Canadian Food Inspection Agency Fees and the User Fees Act: The Canadian Meat Council is a member of the CFIA Working Group on User Fees. We are requesting that the CFIA fee structure be reviewed and that service standards be established as required by the User Fees Act.
Legislative Proposal, Bill or Resolution, Regulation
- Interprovincial Meat Trade Pilot Project:the Canadian Meat Council is advocating that all meat processed in Canada should be inspected by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency under the Meat Inspection Act and Regulations.
Policies or Program
- Abattoir Competitiveness Program: the Canadian Meat Council is requesting an extension of the Abattoir Competitiveness Program until such time as the Specified Risk Material Regulations are equivalent with the USA
- Food Safety Tax Credit: the Canadian Meat Council is advocating for the creation of a new Food Safety Tax Credit based on eligible expenses for Canada’s food processing industry for a safer food supply for Canadians.
- Manual of Procedures: The Canadian Meat Council is requesting the removal of the Meat Cuts Manual from the Meat Hygiene Manual of Procedures and the immediate ceasing of its strict enforcement.
- Manual of Procedures: the Canadian Meat Council is requesting that the Government update policies on animal transportation and welfare issues- Chapter 12 of the Meat Hygiene Manual of Procedures.
- Product of Canada Guidelines: the Canadian Meat Council supports a review of the Product of Canada Guidelines with regard to labelling of meat products. Specifically we seek an ammendment to the restrictive interpretive Q&As developed by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency on the what defines elgibility of live animals for meat products when using the term Product of Canada labels.
- Temporary Foreign Worker Program: the Canadian Meat Council is advocating for the continued access for the Temporary Foreign Worker Program for Canada's meat industry. Nevertheless, and notwithstanding extensive efforts to recruit domestically, it is the reality of our industry that the number of workers required exceeds, by far, the number of both “lower-skilled” and “higher-skilled” Canadian candidates who are both willing and able to work in Canada's meat processing industry.
- Veterinary Import Policy: Animal Health Risk Assessment: the Canadian Meat Council has requested an updated risk assessment on the importation of live American hogs for slaughter in Canada.
Policies or Program, Regulation
- Sodium Reduction Strategy: the Canadian Meat Counci is a member of the Health Canada Working Group on Sodium Reduction. We support the full adoption by the Government of Canada of the July 2010 recommendations in the Sodium Reduction Strategy Report.
- Biofuels Regulations: the Canadian Meat Council is advocating for government policies that promote the use of non-feed grain inputs for ethanol (such as cellulose) and bio fuels and that provide opportunities to convert animal by-products into biofuels, energy, and electricity.
- Food and Drug Regulations: the Canadian Meat Council is advocating for the approval of new regulations to extend the use of food irradiation in Canada to include ground beef, poultry, and beef carcasses.
- Health Canada Own Use Drug Provision: the Canadian Meat Council supports the introduction of amendments to the Food and Drug Regulations to restrict personal use importation of unapproved veterinary drugs intended to be administered to food-producing animals.
- Listeria Control Policy: the Canadian Meat Council is advocating for more flexibility in the Listeria control policy to allow for less mandatory testing of ready-to-eat meat products that do not support the growth of Listeria such as pepperoni and salami. We have also asked for clarity on qualifying for less mandatory testing through the addition of antimicrobials or a post packaging processing like High Pressure Processing. In addition we seek approval in Canada of all rapid assay testing methods that are permitted for use in the United States.
- Meat Inspection Regulations: the Canadian Meat Council has requested an ammendment to Meat Inspection Regulations and Manual of Procedures to allow for the recognition of the equivalent effectiveness of potassium chloride (KCl) to salt so that KCl may be used as a partial substitute for salt in these formulations. The Canadian Meat Council members are commited to reducting sodium in prepared meat products
- Meat Inspection Regulations: the Canadian Meat Council has requested that the Government of Canada have more retail inspection of pre-packaged imported meat products to ensure that the proper "Product of..." declaration is present. In addition, many imported prepackaged meat products do not meet current Canadian labelling regulations such as mandatory bilingual labels, use of only approved ingredients and the Canadian Nutrition Facts panel.
- Meat Inspection Regulations: the Canadian Meat Council is seeking an ammendment to Meat Inspection Regulation 94 to require federally registered meat processors to include their establishment number and the meat inspection legend on all packaged meat in a bulk container.
- Meat Inspection Regulations: the Canadian Meat Council supports the April 7, 2012 Gazette I Proposed ammendment to Meat Inspection Regulation 92 the premarket registration process for food packaging materials used by federally registered establishments. The safety of all materials used for packaging foods is already controlled under Division 23 of Part B of the Food and Drug Regulations.