The On Farm Food Safety and Traceability Program (OFFST) is designed to improve the capacity of British Columbia's on farm agrifood businesses to address current food safety and traceability issues and to meet emerging national and international food safety and traceability standards.
The OFFST Program will improve food safety and traceability by providing financial incentives through cost-shared funding to eligible agrifood businesses to:
- Conduct food safety and traceability assessments to identify and document risks, issues and opportunities to improve food safety and traceability capacity, systems and practices
- Access training to increase food safety and traceability expertise of staff
- Implement Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), Best Practices (BPs) and recognized Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) food safety practices and traceability systems in their operations, and achieve certification.
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) is administering the Program on behalf of the B.C. Ministry of Agriculture. To find out more about the OFFST Program, eligibility, and the process for applying for funding please download and read the Application Guide.The OFFST Program is now closed for new applications.
Applicants with approved projects are encouraged to submit their claims as soon as possible. Please contact PwC at the following address if you have questions regarding your claim.: OFFST.Admin@ca.pwc.com
For additional information or questions about eligibility, please contact PwC by using the “Contact Us” link to the right.
The OFFST Program is jointly supported by the Governments of Canada and British Columba through Growing Forward 2, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative. The Growing Forward 2 agreement (2013-2018) is a $3 billion investment in innovation, competitiveness and market development, which includes $2 billion cost-shared on a 60:40 basis for programs delivered by provinces and territories (a 50 percent increase in cost-shared funding), as well as $1 billion for federal-only strategic initiatives.