Assurance Systems Program

The purpose of the Assurance Systems Program is:

  • to address risks related to humans, animals and plants through project driven and other outcome based approaches.
    These risks may relate to, but are not limited to, on-farm and post-farm food safety, animal welfare, biosecurity, traceability, animal/plant health, emergency management, quality assurance, and surveillance. 

This program consists of two sub-programs:

  • On-Farm Assurance Sub-Program
  • Post-Farm Assurance Sub-Program

Who is eligible for funding assistance?

  • Provincial agricultural industry organizations, clubs, and associations
  • Agricultural producers
  • Small to Medium-sized Agri-businesses
  • Public and private institutions

What activities are eligible for funding?

On-Farm Assurance sub-program
This project-driven sub-program will be primarily directed at agricultural industry groups. Industry will set their priorities and lead producer adoption of systems that benefit the sector as a whole or benefit a large portion of the sector’s producers. Submissions from individuals may be considered based on merit and potential benefit to the industry.  Applicants are encouraged, where possible, to submit projects that address more than one system.

Various activities that lead to the on-farm implementation of nationally developed and/or recognized assurance systems., such as:

  • On-farm food safety programs
  • Biosecurity protocols/standards
  • Sector traceability implementation plans
  • Development of a multi-commodity premises identification system
  • Animal welfare codes of practice
  • Other assurance systems (that support market-pull attributes)

Post-Farm Assurance Sub-program
This project-driven sub-program will target post-farm enterprises that market and/or modify raw agricultural products. Some examples include abattoirs, farm markets and farmer’s markets. Applicants are encouraged, where possible, to submit projects that address more than one system.

Implementation of recognized assurance systems in food processing enterprises, and/or post-farm agri-food enterprises, such as:

  • Food safety control programs, including nationally developed sector HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points) programs and GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative) recognized programs
  • Traceability implementation plans
  • Humane treatment of animals
  • Surveillance systems
  • Other assurance systems (that support market-pull attributes)

What expenses are eligible for funding?

  • Awareness/Outreach
  • Training/Education
  • Technical assistance
  • Pre-audit/first audit assistance
  • Support for development of provincial premises identification system and databases
  • Implementation costs, such as equipment and/or infrastructure
  • Consultant fees
  • Emergency management, including mitigation and preparedness

What expenses are not eligible?

  • Normal and on-going operating and maintenance costs incurred by recipients, except as otherwise specified
  • Development of assurance systems that are competing/conflicting with any Canadian assurance standards/systems
  • Activities that use monetary incentives to encourage adoption of Premises ID or to report animal movements by producers
  • Activities whose primary objective is to subsidize the purchase of regulated identification devices such as ear tags
  • Items that can be used for multiple purposes (ie. digital cameras, GPS,smartphones)
  • Emergency response and recovery costs
  • Surveillance activities related to human health issues
  • Animal welfare advocacy funding
  • Activities related to companion animals

What funding assistance is available?

Funding will be cost shared (Government/Applicant) with the level of support and total contribution for any project determined on a case by case basis. Approval of projects will be subject to the availability of funds and approved at the discretion of the Review Committee.   In order to be approved, projects must indicate anticipated outcomes that are consistent with the objectives of this program. 

How do I apply?

  1. Submit a completed application form to the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

How do I claim the funding?

Applicants must submit a claim form to the Prince Edward Island Department of Agriculture and Fisheries with invoices and proof of payment, project report and a program evaluation. 

Forward completed application and claim forms to:

Charlotte Campbell
P.E.I. Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
11 Kent Street, Jones Building
PO Box 2000
Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8
Tel: 902-894-0340

When does the program end?

This program is effective April 1, 2013 and will terminate on March 31, 2018. This program may be altered or discontinued without notice by the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries.

Published date: 
June 5, 2017
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General Inquiries

Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
5th Floor, Jones Building
11 Kent Street,
P.O. Box 2000,
Charlottetown, PEI   C1A 7N8

Phone: (902) 368-4880
Fax: (902) 368-4857

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