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Processor – Food Safety and Traceability System Improvements


Maximum of $75,000


Processor – Food Safety and Traceability System Improvements provide support for food safety and traceability system development, implementation, or improvements through: writing systems to a recognized standard, equipment purchases, facility upgrades, validation studies, as well as initial food safety certification to recognized/international standards.

Eligible Applicants

  • Be involved with food products for human consumption
  • Have 100 or fewer employees
  • Demonstrate a direct link between all project activities and the development or improvement of a written food safety or traceability system

Eligible Expenses

  • In-kind time (to a maximum of $2,000 in cost-share funding per project) or costs from a qualified third-party to develop or update written policies, procedures, schedules, records, and associated training concerning:
    • 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 Preventive Control Plan (PCP)
    • Product recall
    • Traceability (ability to trace product and/or attributes through the facility and/or supply chain)
    • Process controls (e.g., procedures that indicate the minimum internal product temperature and the minimum holding time that produce lethality)
    • Existing written food safety and traceability systems (e.g., HACCP, Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) benchmarked scheme, or traceability to meet GS1 standards)
    • Other food safety and traceability practices (e.g., management commitment, food defense)
  • One-time labour costs specifically required for the project, such as third party advisory fees
  • Third-party costs for a qualified individual to develop or perform validation studies, examples include:
    • Validation of control measures outlined in HACCP plans or PCPs
    • Validation of cleaning and sanitizing, water treatment and allergen programs
    • Validation of food safety process control measures (e.g., fermented sausage)
    • 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
    • Reference to legally defined Critical Control Points (e.g., thermal processing for the pasteurization of milk)
    • Testing performed by an accredited laboratory to obtain validation results
  • Equipment and associated training to operate the equipment for the implementation of written food safety or traceability systems
  • Costs related to supporting or managing information sharing networks (e.g. cloud-based subscription costs, one-time dedicated project staff), to a maximum of 12 months
  • 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, 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, Food Safety Enhancement Program (FSEP))

Deadline Date

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Contact Name: Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

Phone Number: 1-877-424-1300

E-mail Address:


Industry: Agriculture, Location: Ontario ,
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