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Food Safety Systems Processor

Food Safety Systems Processor

Terms and Conditions

Application Form (fillable)

Funding List

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Sample work plan

Application Form (handwritten)


The Program is fully allocated for the 2016-2017 fiscal year. Applications received will remain in a queue and be processed in the order they were received as funding is made available in the 2017-2018 fiscal year.

Starting April 2016, all parts of the Application form must be completed when submitting an application. A Funding List with eligible work plan activities is now available (see above). You may also refer to the right sidebar for a Sample work plan to assist you in completing the work plan section.

Program purpose statement

The purpose of the program is to help food processors invest in new or improved food safety systems and production practices, enhancing the industry’s competitiveness and food safety performance.

Program description

Under the Growing Forward 2 Food Safety Systems Processor Program, successful applicants are eligible for reimbursement of up to a maximum of $25,000 over the Program Term.

  • Reimbursement of non-capital expenses (50%) related to the implementation of approved food safety programs. This includes food safety program development and implementation, in-house staff training, food safety training or courses, food safety audits (restrictions apply), validation studies, posters or signage depicting food safety procedures, and computer software for food safety programs development and implementation.
  • Reimbursement of capital expenses (20%) related to improving a specific food safety issue, to a maximum of $15,000. Capital projects to support best practices in food safety may include facility modifications, processing equipment with hygienic design, foreign material detection equipment (e.g. Metal detection equipment; and X-ray detection equipment), good manufacturing practices tools and equipment.
  • Reimbursement of food safety testing equipment expenses (80%), to a maximum of $5,000. This includes Water Activity Meter, pH Meter, Thermometers, ATP testing equipment and swabs, In house micro-testing equipment (e.g. petri-film), Incubator for micro-testing, Data Loggers, Allergen testing equipment , Food Safety ingredient scale (i.e. nitrites, culture) and its calibration weights.

Am I eligible for this program?

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

How do I apply for this program?

  1. Determine whether you are eligible - Refer to the Food Safety Systems Processor Program’s Terms and Conditions.
  2. Determine whether your proposed work plan activities are eligible – Refer to the Funding List (see above).
  3. Complete all parts of the Application form including Part B – Proposed Work Plan and Budget.
  4. Send your completed Application form by mail to:


Growing Forward 2 Food Safety Systems Processor Program

Alberta Agriculture and Forestry

303, 7000-113 Street N.W.

Edmonton AB T6H 5T6

Applications will only be accepted by mail.

If you have questions about the application process, please contact:

by phone 780-427-0840 or by email


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Program Contact

After reading the FAQ below, if you wish to speak with a Program Specialist, please contact the Safe Food Branch at 780-427-4054 or

Links & Other Resources

Food Safety Resources

Meat Facility Standards

Sample work plan


Program FAQS

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