Food Safety and Traceability System Improvements

Stream: Producer



Who should apply?

Producers who are implementing or improving food safety and traceability systems by writing programs and purchasing related equipment, upgrading facilities, conducting laboratory testing specifically required to reduce food safety risks, and initial food safety certification.

Livestock (except for dairy) and poultry operations are not eligible to apply.

Eligible activities and expenditures

  • In-kind time (to a maximum of $2,000 per project) or third-party costs to develop written policies, procedures, schedules and records related to:
    • Personnel and handling (worker practices) Cleaning and sanitizing
    • Water treatment and testing
    • Pest control
    • Preventative maintenance and calibration
    • Facility interior and exterior (e.g., facility environment)
    • Shipping and receiving
    • Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) or Preventative Control Plan (PCP)
    • Product recall
    • Traceability (ability to trace product and/or attributes through the facility and/or supply chain)
    • Process controls
    • Other food safety and traceability practices
  • In-kind time (to a maximum of $2,000 per project) or third-party costs to modify existing written food safety and traceability systems (e.g., to a Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) benchmarked scheme, traceability to meet GS1 standards)
  • Third-party costs for a qualified individual to develop or perform validation studies. Examples include:
    • Validation of control measures outlined in HACCP plans or CCPs
    • Validation of cleaning, sanitizing and water treatment
    • Validation of food safety process control measures (e.g., ozone interventions)
    • Shelf life studies
    • Cost of acquiring scientific and technical documentation to demonstrate that the control measures can control the identified hazard to a specified outcome. Examples include: scientific journal articles or other published scientific literature, Health Canada guidelines, processing authority documents, instructions, or research, written information from industry experts or consultants, university extension publications
    • In-plant studies, research or evaluation of historical data
    • Testing performed by an accredited laboratory to obtain validation results
  • Equipment and associated training by the manufacturer/ supplier on the specific equipment to support the implementation of written food safety and traceability systems
  • Costs related to supporting or managing information sharing networks (e.g., cloud-based subscription costs), limited to the duration of the project
  • Initial GS1 Canada costs, limited to one-time company Prefix Licence expense, initial activation and one-time annual fee with national product registry (does not include initial individual product registrations)
  • Barcoding systems and automated product identification systems
  • Capital costs (building or production site upgrades) to support implementation of written food safety and traceability systems
  • First-time certification audit from an internationally or nationally recognized program or scheme (e.g., GFSI)

Ineligible activities and expenditures

  • All ineligible activities and expenditures as detailed here
  • Staff time for training on newly developed or updated procedures, policies or practices related to food safety or traceability
  • Equipment not related to food safety or traceability
  • Ongoing, routine maintenance and costs associated with regular business activities (e.g., disposable items, consumables, time for ongoing record keeping)
  • Multi-use items (e.g., water heaters, vacuums, laptops, computers, tablets, printers, ink, labels)
  • Structural modifications and equipment that are not directly related to food safety or traceability (e.g., modifications to increase production or processing capacity)
  • Program assessments/certification not specifically for food safety (e.g. gluten-free, halal, organic)
  • Ongoing software licensing costs or fees
  • Ongoing advisory costs or expenses associated with data analysis and reporting
  • Re-certification of an existing food safety program or traceability system
  • Costs associated with expanding your business (e.g., new products, processing lines)

Available cost-share

50 per cent, up to a maximum of $75,000

Required documentation

  • Quote from the manufacturer to include a clear description of all equipment and equipment specifications
  • Quote or proposal from third party detailing services to be provided, costs and outcomes
  • Completed Food Safety and Traceability Action Plan template (see org)

Merit assessment criteria

  • Food safety priority of the food product and related market channels
  • Current food safety program certification status to national or international program standards (e.g., CanadaGAP)
  • Traceability system status
  • Ability of the project to improve food safety or traceability and control risks
  • Goals or outcomes of the project
  • Additional merit may be assigned for attending training relevant to the project

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Edit date: December 13, 2018

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