CAP: Food Safety and Traceability: Group Food Safety Program Adoption

Purpose of Project Category:

Projects that focus on building the industry’s capacity to recognize and manage their own risks and take advantage of market opportunities by providing support for adoption of food safety programs. This project category offers flexibility to industry to self-identify their best approaches to adopting food safety programs (e.g., collaborations between similar operations to enlist expertise and achieve group certification, organizations develop sector-specific resources, etc.).   

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 that support adoption of food safety programs

Examples of Projects

  • Implementation of group certification under a food safety program (e.g., CanadaGAP), including internal auditor training, a group management system, and an internal auditing system
  • Qualified professional expertise supporting a group of growers to adopt a food safety program
  • Projects lead by an organization representing a new and expanding farm sector to support equipment purchases necessary for the sector to improve food safety practices on farm

Project Category Priorities

  • Projects that can demonstrate they are addressing challenges and emerging issues related to food safety, with an explanation of how this relates to Ontario’s agri-food and agri-products sector
  • Projects that include a clearly defined plan for the project, and where the applicant is a collaboration, that include a clearly defined plan for how the collaboration will work to achieve food safety benefits
  • 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 businesses (<100 employees)
  • Projects that clearly demonstrate broad impact (benefits beyond applicants)

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
  • First time group audit/certification against existing national or international programs
  • Costs directly related to the group adoption of existing national or international programs
  • Sector-specific resources and tools where specifically related to program adoption
  • Training to implement programs (i.e. development of training and/or first-time training to get programs up and running)

Ineligible Activities

  • See a list of general ineligible activities in Section H
  • Re-certification audits or re-verification of existing programs
  • Development of food safety programs for individual businesses where not part of a collaborative effort with other businesses
  • Creation of new food safety standards