CAP: Food Safety and Traceability: Traceability Solutions Adoption, Information Management and Sharing

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 traceability adoption.

Target Audience – Who should apply?

Organizations and collaborations representing:

  • Commingling facilities, including assembly yards, sales barns, auction markets, fairs and exhibitions, trucking rest stations, transporters, veterinary clinics and rendering facilities
  • Small businesses (<100 employees) who are implementing or improving traceability are strongly encouraged to apply

Eligible Projects

  • Implementing traceability solutions that support information management and sharing across groups, supply chains or at the organization level

Examples of Projects

  • Improving facility level traceability through an organization providing support to members for equipment (e.g., readers, software)
  • Integration of existing product or animal tracking systems infrastructure and software with traceability systems across the supply chain
  • Implementation, development, customization, procurement and training related to electronic information sharing systems, including:
    • Adoption of industry recognized data standards
    • Verification of product attributes
    • Integration of interoperable data systems

Project Category Priorities

  • Projects that support information sharing between/among supply chair/sector
  • Projects that clearly demonstrate broad impact (benefits beyond applicants)
  • Projects that address an identified risk or improve market access, or both
  • Projects that address the needs of small operations (<100 employees)
  • Higher priority for traceability projects that involve the national traceability priority sectors (i.e., cattle, sheep, goats, cervids, bison and pig)
  • Projects that enhance traceability or allow for information to flow from initial carcass/input through to processing
  • Projects that deliver improved capabilities for responding to an emergency and/or ability to mitigate risks through increased supply chain transparency, tracking and recall capability
  • Projects that have the ability to impact multiple industry stakeholders and/or projects that will span a complete supply chain
  • Projects that will result in clearly identified new market opportunities or retention of existing markets

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
  • Initial GS1 Canada costs, limited to one-time company Prefix License cost, initial activation and one-time annual fee with national product registry (does not include initial individual product registrations)
  • Service provider costs (specifically implementation, advisory and training) for traceability systems, limited to the duration of the project only
  • Costs related to supporting/managing Information Sharing Networks (e.g. cloud-based subscription costs, one-time dedicated project staff), limited to the duration of the project only
  • Requests for higher capital costs reimbursement will be considered on a case-by-case basis

Eligible Activities

  • Activities that are consistent with Section H
  • Traceability technologies and approaches: Technologies and systems that enable transparency, tracking and enhanced information sharing in the supply chain and for businesses and/or industry decision making

Ineligible Costs

  • See a list of general ineligible costs in Section G
  • Costs that result in facility level recording/storage of information without providing the ability for further information sharing along the value chain (e.g. paper-based traceability systems)
  • Ongoing costs deemed to be part of normal organization/business operations including employee time for data entry and tag application

Ineligible Activities

  • See a list of general ineligible activities in Section H
  • Activities that result in facility level recording/storage of information without providing the ability for further information sharing along the value chain (e.g. paper-based traceability systems)
  • Ongoing activities deemed to be part of normal organization/business operations including employee time for data entry and tag application
  • Creating programs/systems where they currently exist in industry
  • RFID readers which have not met Canadian performance standards (see http://inspection.gc.ca/animals/terrestrial-animals/traceability/readers/eng/1502403105943/1502403106350)