General requirements and guidance
Although the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) came into force on January 15, 2019, other requirements will be introduced in 2020 and 2021 based on food commodity, type of activity and business size. 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
Requirements, if and when you need a licence, and how to apply for a licence.
Requirements, if and when you need to comply, and recommended preventive controls for food and establishments.
Requirements, if and when you need a preventive control plan, and how to prepare one.
Information on requirements and if and when you must comply.
Requirements, industry labelling tool, and information for consumers.
Requirements and other resources on organic products.
Information on packing food in containers and food packaging materials.
Information on standards and guidelines published by Health Canada.
- Timelines (When do the requirements apply to your business)
- Information on the requirements that apply to fishers
- Information on the requirements that apply to a person who manufactures, processes treats, preserves, grades, packages or labels a food
- Licensing tool (Who needs a licence)
- Preventive control plan tool (Who needs a preventive control plan)
- Traceability tool (Who needs to meet the traceability requirements)
- Guidance Finder: Food
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