History

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2000:
The Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC)—the national industry association for fruit and vegetable producers—began developing the On-Farm Food Safety (OFFS) Guidelines in response to the need of its members to demonstrate due diligence in food safety.

2002-2008: The CHC established eight commodity-specific On-Farm Food Safety Working Groups to complete commodity-specific hazard analyses. The HACCP models and user manuals were submitted to representatives from the federal and provincial governments for review. The CHC Food Safety Committee and a Technical Review Steering Committee oversaw the process as each module proceeded through the official government technical review process. Task Groups were set up in 2007 to develop the certification system and audit protocols. All of the work was overseen by the CHC Food Safety Committee.

2005: The Canadian Produce Marketing Association completed the first version of the Repacking and Wholesale Food Safety Program, which had been developed and piloted through a similar process to that undertaken by the CHC for the primary production sector.

2008: The CanadaGAP® certification program was launched by the CHC, and the eight crop groupings were consolidated into six generic HACCP models and six OFFS manuals.

2010: CanadaGAP became to first Canadian food safety program to be officially recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) for certification options B and C.

2010: A formal study was undertaken on feasibility of merging CanadaGAP and the Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) Repacking and Wholesale Food Safety Program (RWFSP) to create a single integrated standard and a standalone not-for-profit corporation. The study concluded this was a feasible initiative and in 2012 members of both organizations made a final decision to proceed with merging the two programs. This course of action was recommended to limit potential exposure to liability associated with administering a food safety program.

2012: The six CanadaGAP manuals were consolidated into two manuals (Fruit and Vegetable and Greenhouse) while six generic HACCP models are still maintained.

2012: CanadaGAP became an independently operated program under a not-for-profit corporation called CanAgPlus. All participants enrolled in the CanadaGAP Program became eligible for membership of CanAgPlus as of November 1. An interim Board of Directors was appointed, with the first elected Board to be chosen by members during CanAgPlus’s first Annual General Meeting in 2014.

2013: Work was completed on integrating the Repacking and Wholesale requirements into the CanadaGAP program. A separate generic HACCP model for repacking and wholesaling is still maintained.

2014: Option D was launched on April 1, enabling repackers and wholesalers to obtain CanadaGAP certification in response to customer requirements.

2015: CanadaGAP now publishes and maintains a list of CanadaGAP-certified companies on the website.

2015: CanadaGAP adds requirements and offers certification for brokerage of fresh fruits and vegetables.

2016:
The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) announces recognition of CanadaGAP Option D for Repacking and Wholesaling scopes.

2017: CanadaGAP achieves full Canadian Government Recognition and is considered a "model system" for meeting federal regulatory requirements.