Assorted Food on Table

Food Safety Program

A program to help you adopt systems and processes to reduce food safety risks and improve market access for your agricultural initiative.

Who is eligible?

Eligible applicants include:  

  • NWT farmers,
  • food producers,
  • Processors,
  • Agri-businesses,
  • Local and Indigenous governments involved in the agriculture, agri-food and agri-based products industry (this includes individuals, businesses, Indigenous organizations, industry associations and non-for-profits whose mandate is related to agriculture and agri-foods production or processing).


A maximum of $15,000 over the five-year life of the program will be available for:

  • Development of food safety strategies in partnership with government and national producer organizations, including the delivery of Food Safe Level I and Level II courses
  • Implementation of HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points) or HACCP-based programs, including nationally developed HACCP or HACCP-based systems in the processing and harvesting sectors
  • Development and implementation of systems that enable compliance with regulations designed to ensure the continued health and viability of the agri-food industry in the NWT
  • Provide support for food safety training, workshops, seminars, on-line learning and other food safety related activities undertaken by agricultural producers, agri-food processing personnel and agri-businesses
  • Purchase of food safety equipment, retrofitting facilities to meet food establishment processing and handling standards, personal safety equipment (basic food handling clothing, personal safety devices
  • Implementing environmental farm safety and monitoring procedures
  • Creation of emergency response and management plans
  • Development and implementation of traceability systems.

Eligible costs may include, but are not limited to equipment, facilities, professional, technical and analytical support and consultant fees.

Equity requirement

Applicants are required to contribute at least 10% of cost value to the project (i.e. as cash or in-kind contributions).  Sweat equity will be recognized when it is a relevant cost.

Required documents

A completed Canadian Agriculture Partnership application form providing detailed information including: full project costing, objectives, outcomes, and outputs and indicators for success.

How do I apply?

Download an application below and submit it to your regional ITI office. If you have any questions, please contact your regional office.