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With funding through the Government of Canada's AgriAssurance Program, GS1 Canada has developed a Trade Certification Program for 200 eligible Canadian small businesses in food products. The program educates small businesses on how to meet trading partner requirements across grocery and foodservice channels and provides guidance and resources through the product listing process.

Canada's AgriAssurance program Government of Canada

Financial support was provided through the AgriAssurance Program under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership.

About the Program

From farmers and suppliers to manufacturers and distributors to retailers, restaurants and hospitals, it takes an interconnected network of companies to produce, ship, sell and deliver a single product.

Through a series of self-paced eLearning modules, you will learn how GS1 Standards increase business efficiencies by providing a common way for businesses to share accurate, bilingual product information so products and trusted data can seamlessly flow between trading partners. You will also learn how to meet trading partner requirements across grocery and foodservice channels, including unique product identification, product barcoding and providing accurate product data for selling online, in stores, to retailers, restaurants and other institutions.

NEWS RELEASE

November 9, 2022
Ottawa, Ontario Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
To help our smallest agriculture businesses further expand into grocery and foodservices, the Government of Canada is supporting the GS1 Canada Trade Certification Program that will allow businesses to meet specific trade requirements. Read full story

Program Benefits

  • Learn how to become trade-ready: Learn how to uniquely identify and barcode products to meet grocery and foodservice trading partner requirements for selling online, in stores, to restaurants and other institutions.
  • Understand how GS1 standards improve efficiency: You will learn how GS1 Standards increase business efficiencies by providing a common way for businesses to share accurate, bilingual product information so products and trusted data can seamlessly flow between trading partners.
  • A one-year paid GS1 Canada Individual or Basic subscription with up to 10 barcodes**. In addition, all first- year costs will be covered for loading and managing your product data (a credit card refund will be applied within 30-days of successful program completion).
  • Receive a Certificate of Completion: Upon successful completion of the program, you will receive a digital certificate acknowledging that your small business has the knowledge required to trade.
  • Access to an exclusive GS1 Canada small business online forum: Connect with other small business owners, have conversations, ask questions, provide answers and advice.
**NOTE: Upon successful completion of the program (a series of eLearning modules with a minimum 80% score, completed within the specified time), participants will have access to either an Individual or Basic GS1 Canada subscription for one year ("Initial Term") with the chosen subscription automatically renewing for successive annual terms ("Renewal Term"). Fees for the Initial Term will be waived, however subscription fees and loading and maintenance fees will be applied to subsequent years, effective upon start date of the Renewal Term(s). All access to GS1 Canada Services (including subscriptions) will be governed by the GS1 Canada Terms and Conditions and the applicable Service Agreement.

Eligibility

  • You are not currently a GS1 Canada subscriber.
  • You are a Canadian company that generates less than $2.5 million CAD in annual gross revenue.
  • Your products are in the food (including cannabis edibles) or beverage (including alcohol) categories.
  • You do not currently have a trading partner, defined as a third-party retailer or business carrying your product in-store or online.

How Do I Apply?

  1. Subscribe to GS1 Canada (Individual or Basic).
  2. During the subscription process (if your business qualifies), you'll be asked to indicate your interest in participating in the Trade Certification Program.
  3. If you are selected to participate, GS1 Canada will notify you by email of next steps.
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