GS1 Canada has a unique community management role that allows collaboration and partnership with industry in a variety of work groups, technical groups, task groups and focus groups — collectively called Community Groups.

The Community Groups are made up of subject matter experts from businesses of all sizes operating in Canada. This collaborative forum ensures GS1 Canada is developing standards, guidelines and non-proprietary business solutions that meet the requirements of the Canadian industry. The three main focuses are:

Each Community Group defines its scope and objectives through a Mandate or Call to Action.

For all questions, including registration, please contact community.group@gs1ca.org.

The active Community Group list is as follows:

Mission and Objectives:

Facilitate efficiencies and interoperability between trading partners, meet government regulations and protect the Canadian public through a pan-Canadian strategy. The Work Group will look to achieve this through end-to-end traceability between trading partners and a national strategy for the development and maintenance of a safe and effective cannabis supply chain.

Directed by the needs of the cannabis community, Work Group participants will be asked to prioritize the following four business drivers to work toward a pan-Canadian strategy.

  1. Barcoding - Advocate for common barcoding best practices to automatically identify and track products as they move through the supply chain.
  2. Attribution - Define attributes for cannabis product data that are consistent across the industry.
  3. Cannabis Edibles Nutrition Facts Table and Product Certification - Provide consistency in how information is gathered and defined for Nutrient Film Technique (NFT) certification with the highest level of data quality certified by brand owners.
  4. Location Identification - Provide a consistent way to communicate shipping and billing locations.

Scope:

Securing community alignment on global supply chain standards for cannabis products distributed and sold in Canada. This will be done by collecting, defining and evaluating business needs specific to the cannabis supply chain. These needs will be used to determine the potential impact of current and emerging regulations on data capturing requirements.

Objectives:

The Collaborative Commerce Committee (Committee) has been established to empower the Canadian industry by:

  • Facilitating the realization of industry value through a comprehensive understanding of the functional requirements to implement business and product content needs.
  • Identifying the requisite business and product content specifications crucial for supporting the evolving demands of the industry, including those influenced by existing or emerging regulations.

Purpose:

By facilitating implementation within their organizations, members of the Committee will pave the way towards maximizing industry value. Leveraging data standards and sharing capabilities ensures a strong, stable foundation, fostering efficient and effective value creation. With standardized product content, companies can effortlessly share high-quality and accurate product information across all markets, enriching the experience for consumers and patients. Acting as both champions for their individual organizations and advocates for the industry at large, the Committee embodies a collective effort towards greater success and innovation.

Scope and Framework:

Based on the priorities identified by the Grocery and the Foodservice Boards, the Digital Commerce Executive Forum will enable the evolution of our industry-directed solutions by:

  • Sharing non-competitive industry trends and developments, including identifying current and future industry pain points and opportunities across the whole digital ecosystem. Thinking broader than the domestic market, the Forum will gather lessons learned from other markets that are applicable to Canada.
  • Evaluating critical factors impacting efficiency and effectiveness of digital commerce and addressing challenges and opportunities for delivering exceptional customer and operator experiences.
  • Prioritizing industry needs while monitoring the implementation progress of the tactics assigned to work groups to deliver the collectively agreed strategies/priorities.

Scope:

  • Define the business need and scope to support the strategic initiatives voted by the Forum.
  • Understand Industry barriers and challenges as they relate to the strategic initiatives.
  • Report back to the Forum and provide a feasibility assessment and implementation roadmap for each of the priorities.

Objectives:

The objective of the GS1 Canada Foodservice Executive Forum (Forum) is to support and drive the foodservice industry forward, ensuring that the IMS created for industry by industry align with the current and future needs.

Key Focus Areas:
  • ECCnet Industry Managed Solutions: Enhancing GS1 Canada's data excellence and content growth to fuel non-proprietary IMS.
  • Digital Commerce and Marketplaces: Leveraging the commerce platforms to drive discoverability, availability, and conversion.
  • Product Traceability, Transparency and Food Waste: Addressing the barriers to traceability and, leveraging key learnings from the Produce Traceability Initiative (PTI), including the potential impact of changes to the Safe Food for Canadians Act as the FISMA 204 Regulations in the United States begin to impact Canada.
  • Sustainability and ESG Reporting: Supporting sustainability efforts in Single Use Plastics & the impact of Environmental Social Governance (ESG) reporting.
  • Supply Chain Integration and Digitization: Leveraging data, APIs and Machine to Machine integration to improve supply chain efficiency across the foodservice industry from brands to distributors, distributors to restaurant operators and the dining experience.
  • Menu Management and Engineering: Streamlining menu management processes and enabling nutritional content for specific dietary needs, digital menu boards, and more.
Purpose and Accountability:

The Foodservice Work Group reports to GS1 Canada’s Foodservice Executive Forum (Forum) and will undertake discovery for the focus areas as agreed upon by Forum members. Outcomes and decisions from these Work Group meetings will be reported to the Forum on an ongoing basis.

Vision:

Every patient record incorporates the common GS1 global supply chain language (standards) and accurate data that establish the foundation for patient safety; best possible patient outcomes; robust analytics (clinical outcomes, value-based procurement); safe, effective product recall management; cost savings; and operational efficiencies.

Purpose and Accountability:

The GS1 Canada Healthcare Deployment Committee (“Committee”) is representative of clinical and non-clinical leaders across healthcare providers, shared services organizations, group purchasing organizations, manufacturers, distributors, long term care operators and solution providers. The Committee is an action-oriented collaboration that will enable peer-to-peer engagement and sharing of global standards. Discussions will be based on leading practices, development and promotion of standards education tools and resources that support all healthcare stakeholders in implementing global standards that support a clinically integrated supply chain.

The Committee reports to and is accountable to the GS1 Canada Healthcare Board.

Mission and Objectives:

Establish and incorporate into ECCnet Registry and ECCnet Item Certification the nutritional business requirements for data synchronization, then publish Implementation Guidelines for industry use and reference.

Scope:

Continue the development of standardized business requirements for nutrition within the grocery and foodservice industries through:

  • Collecting, defining and evaluating both business and technical needs specific to the Canadian supply chain.
  • Determining if and how current or emerging regulations impact data-capturing requirements.
  • Developing and following community roadmap phases and timelines.

Vision:

Every patient record incorporates the common GS1 global supply chain language (standards) and accurate data that establish the foundation for patient safety; best possible patient outcomes; robust analytics (clinical outcomes, value-based procurement); safe, effective product recall management; cost savings; and operational efficiencies.

Purpose and Accountability:

The Pharmacy Deployment Committee (Committee) works to enhance patient safety and system-wide efficiencies in pharmacy through GS1 global standards-based leading practices and peer-to-peer sharing for the pharmacy community. This Committee looks to accurately identify medications at each stage of the pharmacy supply chain through automation and global standards adoption for positive change.

The Committee reports to and is accountable to the GS1 Canada Healthcare Board.

Purpose and Accountability:

There are significant efforts taking place already in Canada to prepare industry to be compliant with the legislation that has already passed and the legislation we expect to come. From an implementation perspective, data standards and sharing capabilities will ensure a consistent foundation that creates an even playing field whilst ensuring the industry achieves regulatory compliance in an efficient and transparent manner. The development of non-competitive data standards will be useful across any number of ongoing areas of work including transition to EPR (extended producer responsibility), expanding DRS (deposit returns scheme), single use plastics and the national plastics registry.

The goal of this Forum is to drive better environmental outcomes for organizations by using data to underpin the circularity transition, Environmental Social and Governance and sustainability goals. The Forum will also:

  • Confirm industry priorities, strategy and future roadmap in areas such as plastics waste, product waste and EPR reporting.
  • Review federal and provincial strategies and regulations.
  • Monitor global activities in this space.

Purpose and Accountability:

This Work Group reports to GS1 Canada’s Sustainability Executive Forum (Forum) and will undertake discovery for three focus areas as agreed upon by Forum members. Outcomes and decisions from these Work Group meetings will be reported to the Forum on an ongoing basis.

Key Focus Areas:

  1. Authentication of sustainability claims, certifications and audits;
  2. Efficient data sharing for reporting; and
  3. Recyclability labelling

Discovery work includes:

  • Outline current business needs, by examining issues, barriers and impacts with current processes;
  • Explore and define future state business requirements to ensure trust with industry; and
  • Outline an industry solution focused on global standards for Board approval.

Get Involved

GS1 Canada has a unique community management role that allows collaboration and partnership with industry in a variety of work groups, technical groups, task groups and focus groups (Community Groups).

The Community Groups are made up of subject matter experts from businesses of all sizes operating in Canada. They provide a collaborative forum and ensure GS1 Canada is developing standards, guidelines and non-proprietary business solutions that meet the requirements of the Canadian industry.

For all questions, including registration, please contact community.group@gs1ca.org.

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