CAP: Food Safety and Traceability: Applied Research, Pilot Projects and Demonstrations

Purpose of Project Category:

Projects will focus on building the industry’s capacity to recognize and manage their own risks and take advantage of market opportunities by providing support for food safety and traceability applied research, pilots and demonstrations.  Industry is encouraged to self-identify which research and/or pilots are appropriate to meet their needs and to clearly demonstrate how this will be advanced through their project.

Target Audience – Who should apply?

Organizations and collaborations representing or supporting small and medium-sized businesses strongly encouraged to apply to support food safety risk reduction efforts.

Eligible Projects

Projects can encompass one or more of the following for Food Safety or Traceability:

  • Validation studies/Proof of concept
  • Pilot projects
  • Demonstrations
  • Applied Research

Examples of Projects

  • Demonstrations of washwater treatment in an operation for a number of similar operations
  • Group validation study of meat plants using similar hurdle processes
  • Research or pilots investigating tools to support identification, mitigation or prevention of food fraud

Project Category Priorities

  • Projects that demonstrate they are supporting activities that fill an existing gap (e.g., not duplicating existing research)
  • Projects that clearly demonstrate broad impact (benefits beyond applicants)
  • Projects that address an identified risk and improve market access
  • Projects that can demonstrate they are addressing challenges and emerging issues related to food safety and traceability, with an explanation of how this relates to Ontario’s agri-food and agri-products sector
  • Projects that include an outreach plan for dissemination of information (e.g., clearly outlining how the sector/broader industry will benefit as a result of the intended outcomes of the project)
  • Projects that address the specific needs of small business (<100 employees)
  • Priority will be given to those commodities that possess the greatest food safety risk, including but not limited to:
    • Ready-to-eat (RTE) lettuce and leafy greens eaten raw (arugula, spinach, baby salad greens, other mixed lettuces)
    • Broad-leaf herbs (basil, cilantro, parsley)
    • RTE minimally-processed fruit and vegetables (e.g., peeled, cut, washed, dried, packaged)
    • RTE meat products (e.g., pate, meat spreads, frankfurters, deli meats, beef or poultry jerky, etc.)
    • Un-ripened or fresh soft cheese (e.g., cottage cheese, cream cheese, feta, ricotta, etc.)
    • Unpasteurized fruit/vegetable juice (e.g., apple cider)
    • Poultry or beef slaughter or processing dry/semi-dry fermented sausages
  • Priority for traceability projects will be given to those supporting the following species: cattle, sheep, goats, cervids, bison and pig

Funding Available

  • Up to 50 per cent cost-share funding of total eligible costs
  • Requests for funding above 50 per cent must clearly demonstrate how project addresses the Innovation Rating Criteria and Project Category Priorities in order to be considered for up to 75 per cent funding of total eligible costs

Project Length:

  • Projects approved from December 2018 onwards, to finish by December 1, 2020
  • Where strong rationale is provided, to support critical components of projects approved from December 2018 onwards, project end dates may be extended to December 1, 2021 and final claims, final reports and project results surveys must be submitted to AAC no later than January 3, 2022

Eligible Costs

  • Costs directly related to the activities noted below that are also consistent with Section F
  • Requests for higher capital costs reimbursement will be considered on a case-by-case basis

Eligible Activities

  • Activities that are consistent with Section H
  • Investigating methods, processes or applications to mitigate food safety risks or enhance traceability
  • Enhanced efficiencies and new technologies to capture and share data related to traceability
  • Disseminating best practices, outcomes and learnings derived from pilot projects, validation studies or demonstrations

Ineligible Costs

  • See a list of general ineligible costs in Section G
  • Costs of piloting and demonstrating solutions or systems that are not in alignment with Codes of Practice or recognized programs
  • Costs of creation of new food safety standards