Food Safety and Traceability Training


Stream: Processor



For food safety or traceability training from a qualified third party to increase knowledge and adoption of recognized food safety or traceability systems.

Who should apply?

See “To apply you must”.

To apply you must

Meet all of the following criteria:

  • Be a new processor business (new entrant) that:
    • Constitutes a legal person
    • Is new to the food and agri-product processing industry and has business projections that demonstrate potential annual gross business income of $30,000 or more within three years of applying
    • Files personal income taxes in Ontario
    • Has not filed taxes of $30,000 or more in annual gross business revenue as a food or agri-product processing business in the two years prior to applying for funding
    • Has a valid Premises Identification (PID) Number (if a processing facility is established)
  • Be involved with food products for human consumption
  • Have 100 or fewer employees

Eligible activities and expenditures

Costs for courses, training and materials from a third- party training institution or industry expert related to the adoption of food safety or traceability practices or programs.

Food safety courses may be offered by:

  • Colleges or universities
  • National or international food safety program owners
  • Accredited/approved auditing bodies for national or international food safety programs
  • Not-for-profit industry organizations
  • Licensed pest control companies
  • Sanitation companies

Ineligible activities and expenditures

  • Training and education projects that fulfill academic requirements toward completion of a professional certificate, diploma or degree program
  • Mentoring or coaching services
  • Sponsorship or admission to conferences and learning events or initiatives
  • Writing, development, implementation or audit of a food safety program or traceability system
  • Capital expenses or costs of equipment required to put a food safety program or traceability system in place
  • Training of staff on newly developed or updated procedures, policies or practices related to food safety or traceability
  • In-kind contributions
  • Travel and meal costs
  • Activities and expenditures as detailed here

Available cost-share

45 per cent, up to a maximum of $1,500

Required documentation

  • Course outline detailing training to be provided and outcomes, including a cost summary or quote from a training provider

Merit assessment criteria

  • Food safety priority of the food product
  • Current food safety program certification status to national or international program standards (e.g., Safe Quality Food, British Retail Consortium)
  • Traceability system status
  • Purpose of the project and activities included in the training
  • Impact of the education or training

What's Next?

Is this project for you? Find out if you meet the program requirements
Program Requirements


For more information on upcoming application intakes, visit omafra.gov.on.ca

Edit date: November 27, 2019

Need Help?

For assistance with the Online Program Guide, please contact the Agricultural Information Contact Centre – Mon. to Fri., 8 am – 5 pm, 1-877-424-1300 or ag.info.omafra@ontario.ca