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Food Safety for Processors Program

Food Safety for Processors aims to enhance food safety in Saskatchewan production facilities. This program supports food processors to achieve food safety regulatory requirements that will increase their competitiveness, productivity, and profitability.

Ministry of Agriculture funding assists the Saskatchewan Food Industry Development Centre to provide food safety gap analyses and food safety system development. Please contact the Food Centre for information on how to obtain support to conduct a gap analysis and develop a food safety system.

Food processors may apply to the Ministry for funding for food safety training and for facility upgrades after obtaining a gap analysis.

Funding

The following options for funding are available:

Food Safety Training

  • Up to 50 per cent of eligible total costs to a maximum of $10,000 per processor;
  • Funding should be utilized to hire a third party trainer to deliver targeted food safety training; and
  • Third party must be arms-length to the processor.

Food Processor Facility Upgrade Program

  • Up to 50 per cent of the total eligible costs to a maximum program payment of $60,000 per processor.

Maximum funding available to a processor is $60,000 through this program, including funding from food safety training and food processor upgrades. 

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1. Eligibility

Eligible applicants include Saskatchewan food processing companies that are regulated by a government agency (could include health, provincial or federally inspected facilities).

A recognized gap analysis is required for eligible applicants to access:

  • Food safety training; and
  • Food processor facility upgrades.

Facilities that solely process pet food/animal feed are not eligible under the program. Micro-breweries, wineries, distilleries are not eligible for this program.

Eligible projects/activities include:

Food Safety Training

Food processors can seek funding from the Ministry for plant-specific training related to critical control points and as outlined in the gap analysis.

Food Processor Facility Upgrade Program Eligible Expenses

Eligible expenses are related to upgrading operations to meet food safety standards as outlined in their gap analysis.

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2. Ineligible Expenses

Ineligible expenses include:

  • GST and PST.
  • Labour/salaries of operator or employees.
  • Applicant/employee labour and installation costs.
  • Corporate administration costs.
  • Basic repair and maintenance.
  • Office equipment, such as:
    • Furniture;
    • Filing cabinets;
    • Staplers;
    • Paper; and
    • Phones.
  • Computers and related hardware/ software.
  • Purchase of land or buildings.
  • Interest payments and financing costs.
  • Legal, financing in or interest fees.
  • Production disturbances.
  • Brokerage fees.
  • Business planning or marketing.
  • Items considered as regular repair or maintenance.
  • Audit costs.
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3. Deadlines

Eligible applicants will need to complete their project, obtain any required permits, and submit their final claim by December 31, 2022.

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4. Apply

Note: it is recommended that this application form is saved to your computer before entering in your information.

Download application form

Completed application packages can be submitted by email or mail to:
agprograms@gov.sk.ca
or
Ministry of Agriculture, Programs Branch
329 – 3085 Albert Street Regina SK S4S 0B1

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