The Canadian Fertilizer Products Forum (CFPF) was launched in Ottawa November 28-29, 2006. The decision to form the CFPF was based on months of consultation across the country.
In March 2005, initial consultations with industry, a broad range of stakeholders and government were held to gauge the level of interest in working together on regulatory and policy issues. Following these meetings, the fertilizer sector started formal discussions on the possibility of creating a forum to discuss and address regulatory issues and opportunities, and provide centered, consensus-based advice to government.
In February 2006, representatives from the fertilizer and supplement industries held meetings with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) in Montreal, Quebec and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, to discuss issues relating to the regulation of their products. These consultations identified priority issues and explored possible strategies for collaborative action.
During March 14-16, 2006, a follow-up industry consultation took place in Ottawa. Industry and stakeholders agreed that a forum was needed to address the challenges of the existing regulatory system. The meeting created an Executive Committee of volunteers to establish the CFPF and obtain government funding.
In October 2006, government funding was confirmed by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Advancing Canadian Agriculture and Agri-Food Program (ACAAF). A month later the CFPF was formally launched in Ottawa.
Since the November 2006 conference, stakeholders have been meeting regularly in Working Groups to develop concrete recommendations to submit to government, and research and communications projects are underway. Please click here for a full list of project activities.