Established in 2004, Can-Trace is a collaborative and open initiative committed to the development of traceability standards for all food products sold in Canada.

About Can-Trace

Can-Trace was established with the support and funding from the Canadian Food Safety and Quality Program (CFSQP), as association that works to increase long-term growth, employment and competitiveness within Canada’s agriculture and agri-food sector.

GS1 Canada is the secretariat for Can-Trace and manages the initiative alongside sponsoring associations.

Can-Trace offers a voluntary, transparent, and inclusive forum that allows primary producers, intermediaries, processors, packers, manufacturers, distributors, brokers, retailers, operators and consumers to participate in the development of a national traceability initiative.

In 2004, Can-Trace completed and validated the first version of the Canadian Food Traceability Data Standard. Adaptable for different food and agriculture sectors, this standard is based on a one-up/one-down model of sharing traceability information, using international data carrier standards. Also released were reports on:

Can-Trace is an industry-led initiative that fosters open dialogue within the supply chain ensuring that the necessary framework for Canadian traceability is designed for implementation.

Mission Statement

The mission of Can-Trace is to define and develop minimum requirements for national whole-chain tracking and tracing standards based on the GS1 System.

Can-Trace is an industry-led initiative that fosters open dialogue within the supply chain ensuring that the necessary framework for Canadian traceability is designed for implementation.

Value Proposition

Can-Trace offers a voluntary, transparent, and inclusive forum that allows primary producers, intermediaries, processors, packers, manufacturers, distributors, brokers, retailers, operators and consumers to participate in the development of a national traceability initiative.

Program Funding

GS1 Canada recognizes and appreciates funding from the Canadian Food Safety and Quality Program (CFSQP). The CFSQP works to increase long term growth, employment and competitiveness within Canada’s Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada as part of their commitment to provide information, research and technology, and policies and programs to ensure security of the food system, health of the environment and to promote innovation for growth.

Who’s Involved

Major Canadian food supply chain stakeholders are involved in Can-Trace, including industry, government, standards organizations and consumers. In addition, Can-Trace is directed by a Steering Committee composed of more than 20 national trade associations and government observers.

For more information contact us at can-trace@gs1ca.org or call 1-800-567-7084.



Can-Trace is funded in part under the Agricultural Policy Framework - a federal - provincial - territorial initiative managed by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada