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COVID-19 Government Updates - March 21, 2020

As the global concerns of COVID-19 escalate and as the virus spreads in Ontario, here are some resources to help the Food Industry keep our people and products safe:

World Health Organization 

Government of Canada

CFIA Resource 


COVID-19 Certification Program Updates - March 21, 2020

How will the COVID-19 pandemic affect your food safety certification programs?  Check out these resources for more information:

GFSI Update:



Global GAP 



CFIA Update- July 2020


Reminder on SFCR requirements for the manufactured food sector/ Rappel sur les exigences du RSAC pour le secteur des aliments manufacturés

On July 15, 2020, new requirements relating to licensing, preventive controls and traceability under the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) begin to apply to businesses in the manufactured food sector.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) understands that this remains a difficult time for some businesses in the manufactured food sector as they continue to struggle with challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The CFIA activities and priorities regarding industry compliance during the pandemic remain the same as announced in April. Any change to the CFIA's prioritization of compliance and enforcement activities with regard to the SFCR will be announced with adequate lead time once the situation allows. The CFIA will continue to support businesses in their efforts to comply with relevant legislation, including the SFCR.

Businesses are still expected to meet requirements of the Food and Drugs Act and the Food and Drug Regulations, as well as other SFCR requirements that were applicable prior to July 15, 2020, including those related to food safety, exports, packaging and labelling.

In the event of a food safety issue, the CFIA will take action to protect consumers. This may include recalling, seizing or detaining food products and using other enforcement and control measures.

Until then, we encourage businesses in this sector to review and, where possible, take steps to meet new licensing, preventive control and traceability requirements of the SFCR.

To support businesses in these efforts, the CFIA has made improvements to the Toolkit for food businesses and has launched a food business requirements virtual assistant to help them find key information and resources on our website.

Businesses are encouraged to consult the COVID-19: CFIA information for industry section of the website for regular updates.

We thank you for your collaboration.


À compter du 15 juillet 2020, les entreprises du secteur des aliments manufacturés seront assujetties à de nouvelles exigences du Règlement sur la salubrité des aliments au Canada (RSAC) relatives à la délivrance de licences, aux mesures de contrôle préventif et à la traçabilité.

L'Agence canadienne d'inspection des aliments (ACIA) comprend que certaines entreprises du secteur des aliments manufacturés continuent de vivre une période difficile remplie de défis à relever découlant de la pandémie de COVID‑19.

Les activités et priorités de l'ACIA concernant la conformité de l'industrie pendant la pandémie demeurent les mêmes que celles annoncées en avril. Tout changement apporté à la liste des priorités de l'ACIA en ce qui concerne les activités d'assurance de la conformité et d'application de la loi associées au RSAC sera annoncé suffisamment à l'avance dès que la situation le permettra. L'ACIA continuera d'appuyer les entreprises dans leurs efforts pour se conformer aux lois pertinentes, y compris le RSAC.

Les entreprises sont toujours tenues de respecter les exigences de la Loi sur les aliments et drogues et de son règlement d'application ainsi que d'autres exigences du RSAC qui s'appliquaient avant le 15 juillet 2020, notamment en ce qui concerne la salubrité des aliments, les exportations, l'emballage et l'étiquetage.

En cas de problème lié à la salubrité des aliments, l'ACIA prendra des mesures pour protéger les consommateurs, comme le rappel, la saisie ou la retenue de produits alimentaires et le recours à d'autres mesures d'application de la loi et de contrôle, entre autres.

D'ici là, nous encourageons les entreprises de ce secteur à examiner les nouvelles exigences du RSAC relatives à la délivrance de licences, aux mesures de contrôle préventif et à la traçabilité et, dans la mesure du possible, à prendre des mesures pour les respecter.

Pour appuyer les entreprises dans le cadre de ces efforts, l'ACIA a amélioré sa Trousse d'outils pour les entreprises alimentaires et a lancé un service d'assistant virtuel pour les entreprises alimentaires afin de les aider à trouver des renseignements et des ressources clés sur son site Web.

Les entreprises devraient consulter la section du site Web des informations de l'ACIA pour l'industrie sur la COVID-19 pour obtenir des mises à jour régulièrement.

Nous vous remercions de votre collaboration.


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Ontario Agri-Food Research Initiative


Learn about the research priorities and focus areas for the 2020-2021 Ontario Agri-food Research Initiative.

Research priority areas
How to apply
Virtual information session
Contact us

Applications are now open. You have until 2 p.m. on January 8, 2021 to apply.
The Ontario Agri-food Research Initiative is a grant available to help eligible organizations fund agri-food research projects. The goals of the initiative are to:

fund demand-driven research that can support agri-food policy, programs or the marketplace
improve knowledge or technology to help Ontario's agri-food sector businesses address challenges
help agri-food businesses expand market opportunities locally and globally
This initiative combines and builds on the success of the former Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) New Directions and Food Safety Research Programs.

It is jointly funded by the federal and provincial governments under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership.

To be eligible for funding, the lead applicant must:

be located in Ontario
demonstrate that you have the capacity to perform quality research
be part of one of the following:a university or college
a research organization, institute, or foundation
an industry organization or business
a non-government organization
a municipal or indigenous government or government agency
Who is not eligible
Federal and provincial government researchers. These researchers may collaborate on a research project if the lead applicant is from another eligible organization.
Researchers outside the province of Ontario. Researchers from other provinces may collaborate on a research project if the lead applicant for the project is in Ontario.
Researchers with an outstanding progress report for another OMAFRA-funded research project. You are not eligible to receive funding under this initiative until you submit your outstanding reports.
Research priority areas
Research priorities change every year to address opportunities and challenges facing the agri-food sector and rural communities.

Priorities for the 2020-21 application year are:

food safety
plant health and protection
sustainable production systems
Review the full details of the 2020-2021 research priorities to make sure your proposal is within scope and addresses one or more of the specific research questions.

How to apply
Applications are now open. You have until 2 p.m. on January 8, 2021 to apply.

To submit your proposal, you must complete the application template in our Research Management System (RMS). Further details regarding the initiative can be found in the Program Guide in the RMS.

You need to register as a new user if you have not used the RMS before.

If you are registered but you haven’t used the new version of the RMS launched in 2019, you need to use the forgot password link to update your password.

If you have any problems registering or logging in, contact the RMS administrator at

Virtual information session
We are hosting a virtual information session (webinar) on November 17, 2020 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. In this session, OMAFRA staff will:

present an overview of the program
explain the 2020-2021 research priorities
answer your questions about the application process and research priorities
Email us at to confirm your attendance and receive the webinar details.

Contact us
For more information about this initiative, email us at

Updated: October 29, 2020
Published: October 29, 2020