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Funding of not-for-profit organization will help make food safer for Canadians

June 30, 2015 - Mississauga, ON - Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Today, on behalf of the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, Member of Parliament Brad Butt announced $850,000 in federal funding for Safe Food Canada: The Learning Partnership. Safe Food Canada is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to enhancing food safety by establishing a consistent set of competencies for all food workers in Canada.

Safe Food Canada: The Learning Partnership will bring together industry, academia and governments across the country towards building a stronger food safety system that aligns food safety learning and training to the evolving current and future needs of the industry. This will build a solid foundation to ensure continued improvement and coordination of quality of food safety education and training.

Through collaborative approaches to learning, Safe Food Canada will reinforce Canada's reputation as a world leader in food safety by enhancing compliance with regulations and reducing duplication of efforts and training costs for all parties.

Quick Facts

  • Safe Food Canada has the potential to benefit every member of the food safety continuum.
    • Employers will benefit from better trained recruits and food workers will have the opportunity to identify career paths, take certified courses and enhance their qualifications and mobility within the labour market.
    • Educational institutions will be able to better tailor their programs to labour market needs.
    • Consumers will benefit knowing that food workers have access to more consistent high quality training across the country.
  • Funding for Safe Food Canada came from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's Federal Assistance Program (FAP). The objective of the FAP is to support projects and initiatives that advance the Agency's strategic outcome, specifically promoting science-based regulations and maintaining an effective regulatory framework.
  • Safe Food Canada is closely modelled after its US counterpart, the International Food Protection Training Institute.

Quotes

"The Government of Canada recognizes the importance of learning and training as the foundation to establishing a safety culture in our food sector. Safe Food Canada: The Learning Partnership, is paving the way for a coast-to-coast common understanding of food safety requirements for food safety workers, which will reinforce Canada's reputation as a world leader in food safety."

Brad Butt, Member of Parliament for Mississauga-Streetsville

"For several years, industry and regulators in Canada have been expending significant time and money on a wide range of disconnected food protection learning programs and events. Safe Food Canada will be a public-private partnership with the vision and means to become the authoritative resource for a comprehensive, competency-based food protection learning system that will benefit all Canadians."

Brian Sterling, President and Chief Executive Officer, Safe Food Canada: The Learning Partnership

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Michael Bolkenius
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Health
613-957-0200

Media Relations
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
613-773-6600

[From left to right] Michael Trevan, Chairman of the Board, Safe Food Canada, Brian Sterling, President and Chief Executive Officer, Safe Food Canada and Brad Butt, Member of Parliament for Mississauga Streetsville at Safe Food Canada's Learning Partnership announcement

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