CAP: Protection and Assurance

Ontario’s agri-food and agri-products sector needs to manage food safety risks and the health of animals and plants while being competitive. The Partnership Protection and Assurance programming will provide support to industry and individual businesses to keep pace with changing assurance systems, rapidly evolving risk, changing marketplace expectations and increasing consumers demand for greater transparency; and ultimately sustain and grow their businesses.

Protection and Assurance Systems includes: Food Safety and Traceability, Animal Health and Plant Health.

Food Safety and Traceability

Ontario agri-food and agri-products businesses, especially small and medium-sized enterprises need to keep pace with evolving food safety risks in their operations which in turn will help maintain competitiveness and prevent reputational harm.

Food safety programs control food safety risks by preventing, reducing or eliminating hazards. Organizations and collaborations can improve industry’s capacity to control risks through training materials, demonstrations, sector strategies, group program adoption and certification to recognized food safety standards.

Traceability is the ability to follow products through all stages of the agri-food and agri-products chain, from production to retail, by providing an effective way to track an identified product (and its attributes) as it moves between locations. It is important:

  • to help you meet your market requirements and access new market opportunities
  • for effective product recall
  • to ensure confidence in your products
  • for protection of your business and your customers

Effective traceability requires the collection, storage and sharing of three key pieces of information:

  • Premises identification
  • Product identification, and
  • Movement recording

There are a total of four project categories under the food safety and traceability – protection and assurance systems priority area, focused on advancing outcomes under the Partnership.

Animal Health

Organizations and collaborations have a role to play in protecting animal health and welfare and finding solutions to these threats that affect Ontario’s economy and the public trust in agriculture. For example, the global problem of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) as it relates to antimicrobials used in livestock is a significant concern in both animal and human health in Ontario.

A total of two project categories are available under the Animal Health priority area.

Plant Health

Organizations and Collaborations have a shared role to play with producers and other sector partners in mitigating plant agriculture risks, including plant pests and a changing climate, to support Ontario’s competitiveness. Plant health partners have opportunities to continue to build preparedness, and to increase coordination across the sectors in order to support responsive action in the event of future threats (e.g. pepper weevil, spotted wing drosophila, plum pox virus, soybean aphids) and to prepare for, and respond to, a changing climate.

A total of four project categories are available under the Plant Health priority area.