SFCR License - Safe Food for Canadian Regulations

Quality Smart Solutions serves as your trusted partner throughout all stages of the SFCR license application process, from assembling all required SFCR License documents and preparing applications to complying with regulations.

SFCR is a Safe Food for Canadian Regulations system that has been created to cover all aspects of food safety. It is important for you to know about this because it ensures that your food is safe for consumption and won’t cause any harm to the health of your customers.

What are the Safe Foods for Canadians Licence Regulations (SFCR)?

The Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) are federal regulations that require food businesses to comply with food safety requirements. These include the following: Safe Foods for Canadians Regulation was introduced on January 15th, 2019 to modernize how food businesses approach and regulate food safety. SFCR monitors imported, exported, or interprovincially traded food products. Also, it lets Canadians have a strong, world-class regulatory foundation for managing risks through three pillars: licensing, traceability, and preventive controls.
The goal of the Safe Food for Canadians Licence Regulations is to ensure consistency and uniformity of rules across all types of foods, diminish management burden, and enable food businesses to be inventive through outcome-based provisions. As an outcome of SFCR License regulations, food businesses are able to use innovative technology, prevent foodborne illness, and withdraw unsafe food from the market in case of any incidents.

Why do I need a SFCR License?

As per Part 3, Division 1 of the Safe Food for Canadian Licence Regulations 

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) issues an SFRC license to businesses conducting food-related activities, such as manufacturing, trading, importing, or preparing food products for export or to be sent across territorial or provincial boundaries.  This CFIA SFCR license helps the agency in aligning Canada’s regulations with global food standards, identifying food businesses, and taking responsive action when their activities fail to be compliant with the regulations. Certain requirements of the SFCR License may apply in 2021 based on food type of activity, commodity, and business size.

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Type of Businesses That Need an SFCR License

Any business conducting food-related activities that include the following activities needs an SFCR license. These activities are:

The SFRC license application is an online portal with a fee associated with the respective activity.  SFRC Licenses are valid for a set time and will be subject to renewal.  Any changes to the SFRC food license (eg. Site location, activities, etc.) will require an amendment to the SFCR License.

SFCR License (Operations & Importing)

You must hold a license to operate a food establishment from the SFCR. If you’re operating a retail food establishment, you’ll need to apply for a food dealer’s license at your local municipal office. If you’re operating an institutional or industrial kitchen, contact the SFCR for details on how to proceed with licensing your facility.

SFCR license holders need to take steps to ensure food imported into Canada is safe:

Importing food into Canada is regulated because it gives us the opportunity to protect Canadians from unsafe food products entering our country. It also helps protect Canadian consumers from being misled about what they’re buying.

As a permit holder, you are responsible for ensuring that imported foods meet all applicable laws and regulations. In addition, as an importer of record you must keep records on all imported foods in your possession or control at all times so that we may easily trace back those products should there be a need for further inspection or investigation related to those items (e.g., recall).

SFCR License (Operations & Importing)

A food establishment licence is required for any business that sells food for human consumption. The purpose of a food establishment licence is to ensure that businesses sell safe food and meet all provincial requirements related to the production, storage and handling of food.

SFCR License to Import and Operate

Why hire Quality Smart Solutions for your SFCR Food License Needs?

We have a proven track record of successful applications for hundreds of entities in obtaining SFCR licenses in addition to regulated activities and uplifting licensing conditions.

All Types of Licensing Applications

We have the capability to handle all types of licensing applications for startup, SMEs as well as established corporations

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Based on the assessment, our team of experts will guide you about the application process and licensing requirements.

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We'll help you prepare application forms and all essential documents, such as business plan, compliance & internal control manual, etc.

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