SlaughterSafe Training

Completing SlaughterSafe food safety training is a mandatory requirement for all Class D and E applicants, and all individuals providing slaughter services to licence holders under a Class D or E licence.

SlaughterSafe was collaboratively designed by public health professionals and volunteer farmers in rural and remote communities, and is specifically for producers applying for a Class D or E licence. SlaughterSafe is part of a larger provincial government initiative to promote food safety and food security regarding livestock and meat production in remote communities.

SlaughterSafe Training Curriculum: What It Looks Like

  • SlaughterSafe is a one-day course divided into two sessions. The morning session takes place in a classroom and the afternoon session on a local farm.
  • Participants will begin drafting their food safety plan during the course and will have a hands-on opportunity to review and discuss an example plan on a local farm.
  • At the end of training, successful participants will have a solid understanding of critical food safety control points in the slaughter process, and how to document them in a food safety plan.
  • Detailed training materials will be provided to all course participants.

Who should take SlaughterSafe?

Slaughtering an animal properly is a skill and a responsibility. Food safety, the welfare of the animal and meat quality can be severely compromised if a slaughter operator lacks the skills and experience to perform slaughter competently.

SlaughterSafe training does not teach you how to slaughter. It has been designed for:

  • People who are competent in slaughter and who intend to slaughter animals themselves under a Class D or E licence
  • Slaughter experts hired to provide slaughter services to a Class D or E licence holder according to the approved food safety plan for that licence

All individuals planning to slaughter should complete a slaughter competency self evaluation (PDF). You should only apply for a Class D or E licence with the intent of slaughtering your own animals if you are competent in slaughter. If you are not, you should hire a slaughter expert to provide these services for you, find a mentor, or take training to develop your skills, knowledge and experience before slaughtering animals yourself.

Course Registration

Completing the SlaughterSafe course is the first step in applying for a Class D or E licence in designated areas. In nondesignated areas, you can only apply for SlaughterSafe if your Class E feasibility study has been approved.

To register for a scheduled course or to indicate your interest in having a SlaughterSafe course scheduled in your area


Environmental health officers and meat inspectors are addressing illegal meat sales and lack of compliance through warnings and ticketing. Make sure you know the regulations that apply to your establishment.

Contact Information

Contact us if you have questions about slaughter establishments or meat inspection.

Telephone: 250 356-8944
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