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New CanadaGAP Manuals are available, and pesticide applicator training is required!

CanadaGAP is the national provider of certification for horticultural on-farm food safety programs. The CanadaGAP program recently achieved endorsement from the CFIA as a food safety program that meets its standards. In coherence with CFIA standards, CanadaGAP on-farm food safety manuals have been updated to meet more rigorous standards. The new Version 7.0 manuals are available here, and other CanadaGAP resources (like the poster below) are available here.

CanadaGAP Pesticide Storage Sign
CanadaGAP Pesticide Storage Sign

In April 2016, CanadaGAP also provided notice of a change to program requirements that take effect April 1, 2017. The new requirement states that applicators must follow prevailing legislation (e.g., provincial regulations), receive formal training (e.g., online courses) and file the certificates under the appropriate CanadaGAP manual tab: “Letters of Assurance/Certificates”.

Previously, CanadaGAP required certified companies to comply with the regulations in place in their province; the new program, however, requires that “if the prevailing legislation does not require the agricultural chemical applicator to be trained, CanadaGAP does require the applicator to receive formal training."

Formal training is defined as:

  • Consisting of a course offered by a recognized educational institution, government body or industry association/group for which a record of attendance is issued; and
  • Information about the training content is readily available from the course provider (e.g., course outline, online training materials).

Saskatchewan Polytechnic provides training and offers a few delivery options. For most growers, the appropriate course is Agriculture Applicator, (Pest 167). If pesticide applications will be made in a Greenhouse, there is a specific course called Greenhouse Applicator (Pest 170) that growers should take. The “Home Study” course costs $275, and a four-day in-class course is $595 (the in-class courses are not offered as often). Information about courses can be found on the Saskatchewan Polytechnic website.  

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