Growing Forward 2 (GF2) Resources and Support for Processors.

In Ontario, Growing Forward 2 (GF2) provides funding to develop resources and training and at no cost for agri-food and agri-based bioproducts processors. Here’s a list of GF2 resources and support for processors.

Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) Traceability and Food Safety Self-Assessments: Completing a self-assessment is an important step when applying for GF2 cost-share funding assistance. Use these free OMAFRA self-assessment tools:

Enhanced Facility Level Traceability Self-Assessment Tool: Use this tool to help you determine focused outcomes (operational efficiencies, market access, information sharing, and value chain opportunities) using traceability and information sharing systems to achieve a competitive advantage.

Food Safety Self-Assessments: Use these web-based self-assessments to identify gaps and opportunities that exist in your facility.

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Provision Coalition Online Sustainability Portal Provision’s Online Sustainability Portal offers innovative, web-based tools and resources to help you assess, monitor and improve your sustainability performance. Using the portal can help your business benefit from lower production costs, reduced environmental impact, improved employee morale and a thriving bottom line. All food and beverage manufacturers (regardless of location or size) can register for free and use the portal at no charge.

Provision Coalition website

NSF-Guelph Food Technology Centre (NSF-GFTC) Traceability and Food Safety Workshops

NSF-GFTC offers food safety and traceability training workshops at no charge. Register on-line.

Traceability workshops: Focused on enhancing existing traceability systems and capabilities to gain a competitive advantage and achieve operational efficiencies.

Food safety workshops: One-day food safety and traceability workshops. Participants will gain essential skills from industry leaders about the latest food safety practices, and ways to improve or leverage their traceability systems.

Workshops are offered in English and French. They include:

  • Developing a HACCP plan
  • Personnel, handling and sanitation
  • Personnel, handling and water
  • Facility, pest control, preventative maintenance and calibration
  • Recall and traceability
  • Sanitation and water
  • Profiting from traceability