On January 24, 2018 your Bargaining Team reached a tentative agreement with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to renew your Collective Agreement. Please find all the proposed amendments to the agreement attached for review.

We would like to thank all the members of the IN Group for their patience and support during these drawn out negotiations. Your Bargaining Team was successful in fending off some major concessions tabled by the Employer and securing improvements that will have a positive impact on members in the workplace.

This agreement must now be ratified by the CFIA-IN membership. An electronic vote will be held in order to ratify this agreement. All members in good standing will receive the voting instructions by email. The voting will be open for a period beginning March 29, 2018 and closing on April 16, 2018. Please ensure your membership information is up to date.

There will be a town hall scheduled during the open voting period to answer questions from the membership regarding the proposed amendments to the collective agreement. Members will receive a separate communication with the date and time of the town hall, with call-in instructions.


You will find all the information below. It is important that you take the time to review everything prior to voting and prior to asking questions to the Bargaining Team and during the town hall call.

A Yes vote means: You are accepting all of the changes proposed in the tentative agreement. Those changes will take place at the date of the signing (except as otherwise noted) and the employer will have a period of 120 days to implement them.

A No vote means: You reject the tentative agreement and instruct the CFIA-IN Bargaining Team to re-engage the Employer and pursue further negotiations.

The Bargaining Team unanimously recommends the acceptance of this tentative agreement.

In Solidarity,

Your Bargaining Team