On-Farm Food Safety & Traceability Program

The On Farm Food Safety and Traceability (OFFST) Program provides cost-shared funding to eligible B.C. agrifood businesses to address current food safety and traceability issues and to meet emerging national and international food safety and traceability standards.

Eligible Activities

  • Conduct food safety and traceability assessments to identify and document risks, issues and opportunities to improve food safety and traceability capacity, systems and practices
  • Access training to increase food safety and traceability expertise of staff
  • Implement Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), Best Practices (BPs) and recognized Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) food safety practices and traceability systems in their operations, and achieve certification

Eligible Applicants

  • On farm agribusinesses producing food for human consumption
  • Aquaculture and seafood producers for activities related to traceability
  • Business that have never been certified for the HACCP based food safety assurance program for which they are seeking funding
  • Beef cattle operators that are in good standing with a commodity-specific recognized On-Farm Food Safety program

Applicant organizations must also:

  • constitute a legal entity based and operating in B.C.
  • file business or farm tax returns in British Columbia
  • have an active Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) nine-digit business registration number (BRN)
  • have generated annual gross business income of at least $30,000 for each of the previous two years*

*New dairy Graduate Entry Program producers may be eligible. Please refer to program guide on program webpage for further information.

Please note that livestock operators seeking cost share funding are required to provide their premises identification as an eligibility requirement.

Ineligible Applicants

  • Aquaculture and seafood producers for activities related to food safety
  • Health or nutrition supplement processing or handling operations
  • Pet food operations and operations producing food not intended for human consumption
  • Businesses only involved in food beyond primary production (e.g., processors, wholesalers, retailers, food service operations, farm input providers)
  • Any other business deemed ineligible by the Province or the administrator, at its sole discretion

Application Instructions