The Canadian Advantage
We are committed to earning your trust in Canadian agriculture and food products every day through our relentless pursuit of excellence in all that we do. Click on the video thumbnails below to learn about how Canadian foods make their way to your table.
Canada's Meat Industry
Canada's Meat Industry produces your food with care from start to finish. Products that are shipped from federally registered facilities are closely tracked to help ensure that what you buy in a store or restaurant is safe and of the highest quality.
Canada's Horticulture Industry
Canada's Horticulture Industry produces world-class products for your table according to rigorous standards. Our country's growing appetite for safe, healthy produce has inspired innovation and quality, from the field to the grocery store.
Canada's Grains and Oilseeds Industry
Canada's Grain and Oilseeds Industry is committed to excellence and grows crops that are carefully tended and of the highest quality. Grain farmers work hard using certified seeds and quality assurance programs to grow products that meet the high standards of the Canadian Grain Commission.
Canada's Dairy Industry
Canada's Dairy Farmers and Processors continuously provide Canadians with safe and nutritious dairy products. Careful on-farm practices and a strong commitment to food safety, result in the very best products for you and your family.
Canada's agriculture and food safety systems
As the world's fourth largest agriculture and agri-food exporter, Canada takes pride in its food safety systems. Canada exports approximately 45 per cent of its domestic food and agricultural production—worth $42.8 billion (Cdn)— to over 180 countries worldwide and is dedicated to meeting customers expectations for safe, quality products produced in an environmentally sustainable manner.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is a federal government regulatory agency that verifies industry compliance with federal acts and regulations through activities that include the registration and inspection of abattoirs and food processing plants, and the testing of products. CFIA certifies all meat and many other agricultural goods for export.
Food safety systems are continually updated by Canada's agricultural producers and food processors, as well as others in the value chain. These systems are based on the internationally recognized approach to food safety called Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP). A number of agricultural commodity sectors are also developing traceability systems.
Below is additional information, and links, to Canada's various food and agriculture safety systems.
Many of these on-farm HACCP-based food safety systems have been developed by national producer or commodity organizations with funding from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.
Canadian Quality Milk Program (CQM)
The CQM is an on-farm food safety system developed by Dairy Farmers of Canada to assure consumers that Canadian milk is produced in a safe manner.
The Canadian Hatching Egg Producers and Egg Farmers of Canada, both national producer organizations, have HACCP-based farm level systems, Canadian Hatching Egg Quality Program and Stay Clean – Start Clean respectively.
Canadian Identity Preserved Recognition System (CIPRS)
The CIPRS is a voluntary program led by the Canadian Grain Commission. It certifies that a company's identity preservation system for production, handling, and transportation of specialty grains, oilseeds or pulses meets the standard created by the Canadian Grain Commission. This standard is designed to be compatible with quality management systems such as ISO (International Organization for Standardization). This program can also be combined with a HACCP plan (CIPRS+HACCP). A generic HACCP plan for grains, pulses and oilseeds is available on the Canadian Grain Commission's Web site for reference.
The Canadian Bee Industry Safety Quality Traceability program has been developed by beekeepers for beekeepers.
CanadaGAP is the name of the Canadian Horticultural Council's on-farm food safety system. The program consists of national food safety standards and a certification system for the safe production, storage and packing of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Canada has earned its reputation as a consistent supplier of safe and healthy livestock and meat products. Protection of the animal livestock sector is integral to food safety, public health, protection of the resource base, and national and international confidence in Canadian agriculture and food products. That is why Canada's meat producers have established food safety systems that start at the farm or ranch. More information...
Warehouse HACCP Program
This program, developed by the Canadian Council of Grocery Distributors, provides members with a government-approved resource for implementing HACCP-based programs at both retail and warehouse levels.
Repacking and Wholesale Food Safety Program
This is a national, HACCP-based and auditable food safety program led by Canadian Produce Marketing Association. It is designed for businesses involved in the repacking or wholesale of domestic and imported fresh fruits and vegetables.
Trucking Food Safety Program
The Canadian Trucking Alliance initiative aims to deliver a practical, cost-effective and results-oriented program for ensuring food safety within Canada's trucking community.
Food Safety Standard for Packing
The Packing Association of Canada developed voluntary programs specifically for the food packing sector. It is designed to help food packers harmonize with HACCP, the international protocol used by the global food and beverage industry.
An industry-led initiative developing minimum requirements for traceability standards for all food products sold in Canada.
Canadian Sheep Identification Program
The Canadian Sheep Identification Program (CSIP) is an industry-led, mandatory initiative to develop a traceability system for sheep.
Canadian Bison Identification Program
An industry program that initiated and established a trace-back system for the control and eradication of disease. It operates in conjunction with the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency.
Canadian Cattle Identification Agency
The Canadian Cattle Identification Agency is a non-profit, industry-led organization incorporated to establish a national cattle identification program.
Canada Organic Regime: A Certified Choice
Canada has had voluntary organic standards in place for some time but in 2009 implemented a mandatory national standard. As a result, Canada and the United States now have an agreement that recognizes each other's organic standards. Plans for equivalency with the European Union's organic standards are also underway.
Flock Care Program
An auditable program designed by the Canadian Turkey Marketing Agency to ensure proper handling and care of turkeys as based on the Recommended Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Farm Animals – Chickens, Turkeys and Breeders from Hatchery to Processing Plant.
Canada's livestock sector continually strives to uphold the strong reputation it has earned as a consistent supplier of safe and healthy livestock through a number of initiatives.
Quality Starts Here√TM Verified Beef Production Program
This on-farm food safety program by the Canadian Cattlemen's Association is for beef producers across Canada. Producers who follow this program's guidelines for procedures and record-keeping, ensure that products leaving the farm-gate are as safe as possible – and they have the verified records to show it.
Canadian Quality Bison Program
This Canadian Bison Association program is made up of several components including HACCP-based on-farm food safety, animal identification and traceability, as well as animal welfare.
Safe, Safer, SafestTM
Chicken Farmers of Canada's on-farm food safety program combines good production practices (GPP) and internationally recognized Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) principles into chicken production.
Canadian Quality AssuranceTM
This program is led by the Canadian Pork Council. Producer records and protocols are reviewed by a program validator once a year. The farm facilities are examined by the validator on the initial visit, and every third year thereafter to ensure that program requirements are being met. Once the farm has met all the program standards, it can become CQA®-certified.
Canadian Sheep and Lamb Food-Safe Farm Practices
This Canadian Sheep Federation Program examines all areas of production and outlines management options designed to minimize food safety risks. It is based on good production practices (GPPs).
Canadian Turkey Marketing Agency's OFFS Program
This national program incorporates biosecurity procedures and requires detailed on-farm record-keeping and documentation, which are audited on a regular basis.