Small Scale Food Processor Association SSFPA
What's New


Good to Grow is presenting another Business Planning for Food Processors course and this time it will take place  Wed, Sept 7, 2016 and Thurs, Sept 8, 2016 in an effort to support those of you who are fully engaged with farmer’s markets this summer. The course is an 8-module overview of the business planning process, with the Good to Grow team sharing their hands-on experience in sales, marketing, distribution, finance and operations in the food industry. As an added bonus, Good to Grow will have guest speakers at the end of each day to engage with the group.  For more information Please see the Workshop Flyer link below:

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The Public Health Act’s Food Premises Regulation’s Sections 23 and 24 were updated in 2013 to enhance food safety in British Columbia’s food processing industry. These changes require food processors in B.C. to develop, maintain and follow a written Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point-based (HACCP) food safety plan and a written sanitation plan.


If your B.C. food processing facility is federally registered and you have written food safety and sanitation plans in place*, those plans meet the B.C. Food Premises Regulation requirements. You would then already comply with the new provincial food safety regulatory requirements.


HACCP-based plans are an international industry standard. You need to complete these plans and have them approved by your environmental health officer by March 26, 2016. If you are already operating a food processing establishment, your food safety procedures will likely form a good portion of the written food safety plan and your sanitation plan.


The Ministry of Health is committed to supporting you as a food processor as you develop your food safety and sanitation plans. The ministry is offering one-day training courses throughout B.C. to help you develop your plans. For step-by-step workbooks and other materials, as well as dates and locations for training courses, visit If you are unable to visit the website, the ministry can send you an electronic (PDF by email) or paper copy of the workbook, as well as the training schedule. Please submit a request by email to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Your environmental health officer can also provide advice on the changes needed to meet the new requirements.


If you have already written a food safety plan and a sanitation plan, check to make sure they meet the new requirements at: Please contact your local health authority to have your food safety plan and your sanitation plan approved (ask for the environmental health officer who is responsible for inspecting your business). For contact information for your local or nearest health authority office, please visit:

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*Federal registration is required for exports and interprovincial shipments in commodities such as dairy, honey, eggs, meat, fish, maple products, and fresh or processed fruits and vegetables. Federal registration may also be required for imports of these same food commodities. Many food products do not currently require federal registration for import or export.

For more information on whether your company or facility should be federally registered, please review the following information on the Canadian Food Inspection Agency website:

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2 Day BC Agri-Food Business

Planning Program Workshop

in Powell River, BC  

June 4th & 5th, 2015

To Register Click HERE

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After Hours with the Small Scale Food Processor Association (SSFPA)

Do Yourself a Flavour! 

Spend Some Time with Your Peers

Business Networking Events – Fall 2014

The Small Scale Food Processor Association (SSFPA) with the assistance of our Premier Funder Vancity Savings and Credit Union and supporter member contributions is hosting a business networking tour for the fall of 2014. Each Business Networking Event will include educational presentations and Peer to Peer networking opportunities complimented with snacks and refreshments.   The first networking series will run in the BC Lower Mainland and in Victoria on Vancouver Island.


2014 Fall Tour Schedule

The tour stops in 8 communities across the Lower Mainland and Victoria.

Doors open for registration and networking at 6:00 p.m.

Refreshments and snacks provided.

Sessions start at 6:30 p.m finish at 8:30 pm Limited seating, pre-registration required.



Sept. 24, 2014


  Pricing Your Product

Ms. Andrea Gray-Grant with Gray Grant Consulting Inc.

Choices Markets Kitsilano 2627 W 16th Ave Vancouver BC


Oct. 15, 2014


  Food Law and You

Mr. Walter Dullemond with FTC International Consulting Ltd.

White Spot - Annex Room 3070 264th Street, Aldergrove, BC


Oct. 22, 2014


Branding Your Food Company

Mr. Greg Mclaren with Business Advisory Team Inc. | The LeftSpoke Media

Serious Coffee - Esquimalt Plaza  #27 - 1153 Esquimalt Road, Victoria, BC


Oct. 29, 2014


Are You Ready for Your Banker?

Ms. Rita Kim with Partners for Growth Advisory Services Inc.

ABC Restaurant 32080 Marshall Road, Abbotsford, BC, V2T 1A1


Nov. 5, 2014


Pricing Your Product

Ms. Andrea Gray-Grant with Gray Grant Consulting Inc.

Howe Sound Inn and Brewing Company 37801 Cleveland Ave. Squamish, BC


Nov. 19, 2014


Packaging – What You Need to Know

Mr. Ken Gallie with LabelPak Printing Inc.

Choices Markets Kitsilano 2627 W 16th Ave Vancouver


Nov. 26, 2014

Comox Valley Region

Branding Your Food Company

Mr. Greg Mclaren with Business Advisory Team Inc. | The LeftSpoke Media

Vancouver Island Visitor Center #101-3607 Small Road Cumberland, BC


Dec. 3rd, 2014

Cowichan Region

Branding Your Food


Mr. Greg Mclaren with Business Advisory Team Inc. | The LeftSpoke Media

Community Futures Cowichan Region, 135 3rd Street Duncan, BC



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We hope to see you this fall!

We are currently planning the next series which will take us to other areas of the Province of BC. Drop us a line if you are interested in having an “SSFPA After Hours Do Yourself a Flavour Event” in your community.


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Safe Food for Canadians Action Plan

The Safe Food for Canadians Action Plan information can be viewed at the following link:

Industry stakeholders are encouraged to review the action plan and provide input to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.


Canadian Food Inspection Agency releases documents

CFIA has posted what are probably the final documents for the Food Safety Regulatory Forum.  

These are:

  • A New Regulatory Framework for Federal Food Inspection - Discussion Document
  • Compliance Promotion - Discussion Document.

It is expected that all the documents will be publicly available on June 4th at:

Regulatory Framework:   This discussion paper is perhaps the most important of the documents circulated.  It sets out the government's initial proposals for the new regulations under the Safe Food for Canadians Act and builds on the work started in the inspection modernization initiative.   There are two key appendices which outline "outcome-based" requirements for regulated food businesses and for primary production of fresh produce.   The discussion paper has 33 questions inserted to prompt comments and there will likely be many more that arise. 

Compliance Promotion:   This discussion paper sets out CFIA's current thinking on assisting food businesses to comply with the new regulations.  As noted in the description of the associated presentation (update #12), the approach focuses on sets out four (4) pillars for a compliance promotion strategy:

education (e.g. on-line information and search functions, guidance documents, webinars, etc),

technical assistance (e.g. model systems, plain language documentation, templates, checklists, etc)

transparent communication (eg. sharing industry best practices and compliance and enforcement data)

compliance incentives (eg. linking compliance to oversight and to support programs) and disincentives (eg. suspensions & monetary penalties)

This paper does not indicate that there are any commitments from the federal government in terms of financial assistance to micro,small and medium-sized enterprises for the implementation of the new regulations.   The discussion paper does not include questions, but the Forum presentation on this subject does.


New Report Released: Municipal Food Policy Entrepreneurs

The report “Municipal Food Policy Entrepreneurs: A preliminary analysis of how Canadian cities and regional districts are involved in food systems change,” is the first scan of municipal and regional food policy development in Canada. It reveals that a growing number of communities right across the country have launched food charters, food strategies and action plans, and created food policy councils.


NEW! Co-Packing Facility opens in Vancouver, BC

Taste Culinary Solutions Inc. offers manufacturing services to food companies who want to concentrate their skills and utilize their capital for developing, promoting and selling their products.

Leave the manufacturing part of your business to Taste so you can concentrate on your business, get out of the kitchen and sell your products. Entrusting the manufacturing of your products to Taste lets you focus on your core business development and grow.  For more information click here


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