Assurance Systems Program
A New Brunswick/Canada Growing Forward 2 funding program to accelerate the adoption and implementation of recognized assurance systems, including food safety, traceability, biosecurity and animal welfare in the production, processing, transportation and distribution of agri-food products. Program funding is provided by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and this Department.
Program ends March 31, 2018.
New Brunswick producers, processors, abattoir owners, commodity or other agricultural and agri-food organizations.
Program Elements :
(I) Food Safety and Quality Systems
I (A) Implementation of On-Farm Food Safety Programs.
To provide support to facilitate the implementation of On-Farm Food Safety Programs by producers.
Eligible activities: Training and awareness activities, coordination, counselling, analysis of system, and pre-audit evaluation of food safety programs, the initial audit of participating producers, and specified equipment integral to implementing recognized on-farm food safety programs and/or quality improvements.
I (B) Post-Farm Agri-Food Safety Training & Development.
To provide assistance to agri-food processors, including abattoir owners, for the development and implementation of improved food safety process control systems, including HACCP–based systems.
I (C) Implementation of Post-Farm Food Safety Programs.
To assist New Brunswick abattoir owners and other processors implement improvements in infrastructure to enhance food safety, quality or participate in recognized food safety process control systems and/or inspection programs.
Eligible Activities: Implementation of improvements in facilities to enhance food safety or participate in a recognized food safety process control system or inspection program.
(II) Development and Implementation of a National Agriculture and Food Traceability System (NAFTS).
This program will contribute to the development and implementation of a National Agriculture and Food Traceability System (NAFTS), by facilitating the participation of the New Brunswick agriculture and food sector in recognized traceability initiatives.
II (A) Enterprise Infrastructure.
To provide assistance to facilitate participation in NAFTS.
Eligible Activities: Purchase and installation of equipment necessary to implement traceability systems.
II (B) Traceability Pilot Projects.
To facilitate participation in NAFTS by funding pilot projects which demonstrate traceability systems.
Eligible Activities: Purchase and installation of equipment necessary to demonstrate traceability systems, including animal/product handling systems, training, data recording and handling systems, counselling and coordination.
(III) Biosecurity Implementation.
To provide assistance to provincial commodity organizations and producers to raise the awareness of and to implement on-farm bio-security programs.
Eligible Activities: Training and awareness activities such as seminars, workshops, conferences and short courses.
Purchase and installation of equipment necessary to implement biosecurity programs.
(IV) Animal Welfare Assurance Systems.
To provide support to New Brunswick producers, commodity and agri-food organizations in facilitating the implementation of Animal Welfare Programs by industry.
Eligible activities: Training and awareness activities relating to recognized animal welfare codes of practice and humane treatment of animals; development of plans and implementation of corrective actions, and auditing.