Growing Forward - Food Safety and Traceability Initiative
The Food Safety and Traceability Initiative (FSTI) is now accepting applications from farms and
food plants. This funding will help facilities adopt food safety and traceability practices. These
practices help producers and processors respond to market demands for safe food and improve
| How does FSTI work? | Project Options | Who can Apply? | Application Process | Food Safety
and Traceability Resources|
How does FSTI work?
FSTI provides 75% reimbursement of eligible expenses up to a maximum of $20,000 to:
implement written food safety programs
implement a working traceability system
assist in the purchase and installation of equipment that improves food safety or
train staff to increase the adoption of food safety and traceability
Projects Options Include:
Project Option 1: Implementing a Food Safety Program or a Traceability System
Applicant will develop, write and implement a food safety program, individual food
safety practices, or a working traceability system
Up to $20,000 in funding per Applicant
All Project Option 1 Applicants must attend an OMAFRA Information Session before
applying. A certificate will be given to all participants that attend the information session. A
copy of the certificate must be attached to your application form.
Project Option 2: Supporting Investment in an Existing Food Safety Program
This option is available only to Applicants currently certified, audited or verified under a
recognized food safety program (See Schedule I) and whose project involves further food
safety improvements to their existing food safety program
Up to $20,000 in funding per Applicant
Project Option 3: Improving Food Safety or Traceability
Applicants may purchase equipment, engage in training, or obtain certification, audit or
verification (first time only) of a recognized food safety program (See Schedule I ).
Up to $5,000 in funding per Applicant
Who can Apply?
For Food Safety and Traceability:
1. Food Producers: crops or animals for human consumption
2. Food Processors: food products for human consumption
For Traceability only (Project Options 1 and 3):
1. Operations involved in commingling, movement, storage and/or warehousing of food
products, livestock or crops such as beverage wholesaler/distributors, auction barns and
2. Federally registered food processing facilities
For more details, refer to the FSTI Application Guidebook.
How do I Apply?
There are two ways to apply:
1. Apply on-line
2. Print off a FSTI Application and fax it to (519) 826-3398 or mail it to:
Food Safety and Traceability Initiative
Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
1 Stone Road West, 4th Floor NW
Guelph, ON N1G 4Y2
The FSTI Application Guidebook will help you to complete your application. The application
form asks you to describe your food safety or traceability project and how it will make an
improvement at your facility. Please note that if you do not provide enough information in
your application, it could be deemed ineligible.
Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis, starting April 29, 2009. FSTI funding is limited
and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
Hardcopy applications are available upon request. Applications will be reviewed by OMAFRA
within eight weeks from submission.
What happens next?
If your application is approved, you will receive an "Offer to Proceed" letter which includes:
terms and conditions of funding
documentation required to demonstrate that your food safety and/or traceability project
has been implemented
If your application is not approved, we will contact you.
Food Safety and Traceability Resources
Food Processing Sector:
FSTI Application Guidebook
Schedule 1: Recognized Food Safety Programs
FSTI Application Form
Other Growing Forward Programs
For more information:
Toll Free: 1-888-479-3931 (1-888-GRWFWD1)
Fax: (519) 826-3398