General requirements and guidance

Although the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) came into force on January 15, 2019, certain requirements are being phased in over the following 12 to 30 months. For more information, refer to the SFCR timelines.

The regulatory requirements that apply to your food business depend on what your food business does. Explore the topics below to learn about the requirements and how they apply to your food business.

Services and information

Food licensing

Requirements, if and when you need a licence, and how to apply for a licence.

Preventive controls

Requirements, if and when you need to comply, and recommended preventive controls for food and establishments.

Preventive control plans

Requirements, if and when you need a preventive control plan, and how to prepare one.

Traceability for food

Information on requirements and if and when you must comply.

Labelling, standards of identity, and grades

Requirements, industry labelling tool, and information for consumers.

Organic products

Requirements and other resources on organic products.

Packing in food containers

Information on packing food in containers and food packaging materials.

Food safety standards and guidelines

Information on standards and guidelines published by Health Canada.

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