While compliance deadlines for the Safe Food for Canadians Act draw near, many food businesses still haven’t implemented a HACCP-based food safety program as required by the Act. The new food safety regulations are part of a big government push – federal and provincial – to modernize the country’s food safety, traceability, and biosecurity assurance systems through Growing Forward 2, a five-year, $3 billion initiative that is now in its final year. So what does this mean for companies looking for help funding food safety improvements?
Growing Forward 2 oversees a series of provincial cost-sharing programs aimed at helping agri-businesses achieve HACCP certification, but that money is running out quickly. High priority areas like Ontario and Alberta are no longer accepting applications to their programs since the funds are now fully allocated. The government has announced that a new agricultural policy framework will be launched in April 2018, but we’ll have to wait and see if a new incarnation of the program will be forthcoming.
Fortunately, producers who apply in a timely fashion may still be eligible for financial assistance in British Columbia, Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Saskatchewan, and Prince Edward Island. Funding and further services are provided by great organizations like the FPHRC (Food Processing Human Resources Council), which we encourage you to check out.
▼ British Columbia
▼ New Brunswick
▼ Newfoundland and Labrador
▼ Nova Scotia
▼ Prince Edward Island
Food Safety Software Makes the Most of Government Funding
Government funding gives you the opportunity to make the most of your grant dollars by adopting a food safety and/or traceability software system. Software not only streamlines and simplifies HACCP-plan implementation, but also lets you:
- Automate outdated operations;
- Be audit-ready at any given moment;
- Take advantage of cloud storage and communication across facilities;
- Integrate other valuable systems like vendor management, inventory control, enhanced traceability, and more.
Ultimately, automating food safety management will save you money and improve quality. Food safety experts may not know what to look for when it comes to food safety software. We’ve put together a helpful list of three questions you can ask to make sure you maximize value.
Finally, our team at Icicle can help you put together your funding application. Contact us today for advice on how to finance your food safety program and to request a demo.
*For more information on provinces and territories not listed here, get in touch at team (at) icicletechnologies.com.