What is the Canadian Food Inspection Agency?

The CFIA’s top priority is risk reduction with regard to food safety. Together with industry, consumers, and federal, provincial and municipal organizations, the CFIA continuously works hard in order to protect the Canadian people from preventable food-related health risks as well as diseases that can be transmitted from animals to humans.


What does the CFIA do?

The CFIA is constantly improving its animal health and plant resources program designs and delivery to manage and minimize risks. This is important, as the economic success of the Canadian agriculture relies on a base of healthy and sustainable plant and animal resources. Furthermore, the CFIA works extensively to protect the environment from invasive animal and plant diseases and plant pests.


CFIA Job Opportunities:

The CFIA employs approximately 7,000 individuals who work towards improving the health and welfare of the Canadian people. There are several career opportunities available among various fields within the CFIA. Such opportunities include:

  • Agricultural Officers
  • Biologists
  • Chemists
  • Inspectors/Inspection Managers
  • Laboratory Technicians
  • Veterinarians
  • Administration/Clerical
  • Communications
  • Information Technology
  • Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Policy Officer
  • Statistician

Preparing for the CFIA Exams

Officer positions at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency often require candidates to take an assessment test. If you are a recent graduate you will have to apply through the Post-Secondary Recruitment. Find out what assessment test you may encounter through the PSR program. If you are looking to become a public service employee you will need to take one of the various Public Service Commission Exams.


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