Safe Food For Canadians Regulations (SFCR) License

Do you manufacture, import, export, and trade food products? Get help from former Health Canada Officials to apply for Safe Food For Canadians Regulations (SFCR) License and let your business comply with Health Canada regulations.

SFCR Licensing

SFCR Licensing applies to food for human consumption that is imported, exported, or inter-provincially traded for commercial purposes. According to Part 3, Division 1 of the SFCR, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency issues a license to businesses that are engaged in conducting food-related activities that include:

  • Importing and exporting food
  • Slaughter of food animals
  • Exporting food commodities
  • Storage and handling for CFIA inspection
  • Storage of food for shipping to another province or out of Canada
  • Various activities to handle such as manufacturing, treating, processing, grading, preserving, packaging or labelling

Who Needs SFCR License

Those individuals that import food in Canada need a licence to import under the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR). They are solely responsible for meeting other requirements of SFCR. The importer could be located in Canada.

The license application is an online portal with a fee associated with the respective activity.  Licenses are valid for a particular time period and will be subject to renewal.  As well, any changes to the food license (eg. activities, site location, etc.) will require an amendment to the SFCR License.

How We Help You Obtain SFCR License

We review your business activities, determine the licensing scope, ascertain food category (identifying your products into the right food category), ensure how many licenses you need to apply in case of multiple activities, check documentation requirements based on Preventative Control Plan, Customer Protection Plan and Traceability. Moreover, we categorize activities as manufacturing, import and export. Based on critical activities, we develop the right set of preventative control plans that are suitable for business needs.

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