Food Safety Systems Processor FAQs

Food Safety Systems Processor FAQs

What is the purpose of the Food Safety Systems Processor Program?

To help food processors invest in new or improved food safety systems and production practices, enhancing the industry’s competitiveness and food safety performance.

Who is eligible to apply for funding?

Processors with facilities in Alberta formally registered by federal or provincial inspection authorities and are currently processing human food, drink or companion animal food.

How do I apply for this program?

1) Determine if you have met the eligibility requirements. (See above “Who is eligible to apply for funding” and Program Terms and Conditions section 3.0).

2) Refer to the funding list and determine if your work plan activities are eligible.

3) Download the Application Form, complete in full and mail to the Program at:

Growing Forward 2 Food Safety Systems - Processor Program

Alberta Agriculture and Forestry

303, 7000-113 Street N.W.

Edmonton AB T6H 5T6

Can I fax or email my Application form?

No. Applications will only be accepted by mail.

What happens after I submit my Application?

Your application will be reviewed and you may be contacted if any additional information or documentations are required from you. If your application is approved, an Approval Letter will be sent to you.

What is the cost share on eligible expenses of the Program?

50% of the eligible non-capital expenses;

20% of the eligible capital expenses, up to a maximum of $15,000;

80% of the eligible Food Safety Testing Equipment expenses, up to a maximum of $5,000

Please refer to the.Food Safety Systems Processor Program Funding List for cost share on the different activities

What are maximum and minimum funding levels under this Program?

The maximum payment you may receive is $25,000. The minimum payment that an application will be considered for is $500.

What activities are eligible for reimbursement?

Activities that support the implementation of approved food safety programs, such as:

Staff training

Consultant costs

HACCP Coordinator wages

Food safety audits (restrictions apply)

Capital costs to support best practices in food safety, such as:

Facility upgrades with materials approved for use in a food facility

Utensils, totes, bins approved for food use

Sanitation equipment

In addition, purchase of Food Safety Testing Equipment, such as:

Water Activity Meter

pH Meter


ATP testing equipment and swabs (including initial set up costs)

In house micro-testing equipment (e.g. petri-film) (including initial set up costs)

Incubator for micro-testing

Data Loggers

Allergen testing equipment (including initial set up costs)

Food Safety ingredient scale (i.e. nitrites, culture) and its calibration weights

Do I have to pay upfront for my approved expenses before I submit my reimbursement request?

Yes. All of the eligible activities identified in your approval letter must be paid in full before you request reimbursement.

Who can I contact if I need help completing a Program Application?

Call the Ag Info Centre toll free at 310-FARM (3276). The Ag Info Centre can provide you with contact information for an available support staff person in your local area.

Who do I contact if I have a specific question about the Program?

For technical aid or specific inquiries regarding a submitted program application, please contact Food Safety Specialist, Bonnie Chiu at 780-427-0840.

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