Post-Farm Food Safety (PFFS) Program
The PFFS Program, with a budget of approx. $3.375 million provides 70% cost-shared funding up to a maximum of $20K to eligible B.C. processors, value adding producers, wholesalers, importers and distributors, to address existing food safety issues, increase implementation of food safety practices and to meet national (e.g. SFCR came into effect Jan 15, 2019) and international food safety requirements.
The PFFS program is funded by the Canadian Agriculture Partnership (CAP), a federal-provincial-territorial initiative, and is being delivered by Food Processing Skills Canada.
Eligible Activities and Costs
Cost-shared funding will be available for a range of eligible activities under two distinct categories:
- Food safety improvements;
- Equipment purchase and facility; and
- Other food safety improvements
Note: A gap-assessment is needed in order to access Food Safety Improvement funding.
- One or more HACCP final audit(s) and certification(s).
Eligible Participants may include the following agrifood businesses based and operating in B.C. and who are provincially or federally licensed:
- processors, transporters, warehouses, distributors, packers and importers) that handle food and beverage for human consumption;
- processing facilities (beyond basic washing, grading and packaging) located on or off a farm premise and not covered by a certified on-farm food safety (OFFS) program.
In order to be eligible for the PFFS Program, participants will:
- have an active nine-digit business registration number (BN) with CRA or have an active GST number and file business or farm income taxes in B.C.;
- constitute a legal entity;
- be based and operating in B.C., and be provincially or federally licensed (or registered);
- follow all requirements of the law and agree to remain in compliance for the term of the CAP funding agreement (if the application is approved between the participant and the Recipient); and
- be registered with the Premises Identification Program
Examples of ineligible participants include:
- operations that grow, process or handle health or nutrition supplements;
- operations producing pet food or food not intended for human consumption;
- businesses only involved in primary production;
- retail, restaurants or other food service operations;
- unlicensed, unregistered or uninspected facilities;
- aquaculture and seafood production/processing businesses; and
- any other business deemed ineligible by the Province.
|Program application opens||January 28, 2019|
|Last day to submit an application||December 31, 2022|
|Approved projects must be completed by||See date on your funding agreement.|
|Project claims and activity report due by||See date on your funding agreement.|
|Last day to submit an appeal||15 business days after the date of claim rejection.|
To learn more about this program and apply for funding, please visit BC Food Safety.