Certification Costs

IMPORTANT NOTICE OF $50 ANNUAL CHARGE PER OPERATION ENROLLED IN CANADAGAP OPTION A1, A2, A3, B or C 

 Option Type of Certification /
Frequency of Audit 
Annual Program Fee
(payable to CanadaGAP)*
Fee for Certification Body Services (Audit, Auditor Travel Expenses, etc.) CHC $50 Annual Charge
 A1 Four-Year Audit Cycle (Fixed) $500 Contact your selected Certification Body for rates $50 per operation, billed annually by CanadaGAP
 A2 Four-Year Audit Cycle (Variable) $500 Contact your selected Certification Body for rates $50 per operation, billed annually by CanadaGAP
 A3 Group Certification $2500 for first 25 group members; $500 for each additional 25 Contact your selected Certification Body for rates $50 per group member, billed annually by CanadaGAP
 B Group Certification $2500 for first 25 group members; $500 for each additional 25 Contact your selected Certification Body for rates $50 per group member, billed annually by CanadaGAP
 C Annual Audit $250 Contact your selected Certification Body for rates $50 per operation, billed annually by CanadaGAP
 D Repacking, Wholesale & Brokerage Operations - Annual Audit
$750 Contact your selected Certification Body for rates

Not applicable


IMPORTANT NOTICE

$50 ANNUAL CHARGE FOR EACH OPERATION ENROLLED IN CANADAGAP OPTION A1, A2, A3, B or C

A $50 annual charge for each operation enrolled in CanadaGAP option A1, A2, A3, B or C took effect in 2013.

At the 2012 Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC), member associations voted to charge $50 annually to each operation enrolled in CanadaGAP option A1, A2, A3, B or C. To streamline administration, it was decided that CanadaGAP would collect the charge for CHC. Program participants are invoiced directly by CanadaGAP.

For groups, the $50 charge applies to each member of the group. For example, if a group has 100 members, the group will receive an invoice for $5,000 ($50 x 100).


The $50 annual charge is intended to support CHC’s activities in representing the needs and interests of Canada’s horticultural industry. For more information about the CHC and its activities, please visit www.hortcouncil.ca


* There are three cost components to participate in CanadaGAP®:

1) Annual Program Fee
paid by the program participant to CanadaGAP (c/o CanAgPlus, the registered Canadian not-for-profit that operates the CanadaGAP Program). Covers CanadaGAP’s costs to administer the program, process enrolment applications, maintain the technical standards and training materials, oversee Certification Bodies, pursue international benchmarking and maintain recognition by GFSI and technical review status with the Canadian government, collect and analyse data, monitor developments in food safety science and media, offer technical support to certification bodies, communicate with program participants, program marketing/education, office overhead, staff and related expenses.

For Options A1 and A2, the collective fees paid by Option A1 and A2 participants into the program are pooled and used to pay for random audits and review of self-assessments. This is to ensure that those randomly selected for audits are not penalized unfairly or asked to bear a disproportionate share of the costs. However, if review of your self-assessment triggers an on-site audit or corrective action requests, the costs of those additional activities are borne by the program participant.

2) Audit Costs paid directly by the program participant to the Certification Body. Covers the Certification Body's cost to deliver audit and certification services including auditor’s time to perform audits, auditor travel time and expenses, technical review of audit reports, follow-up on corrective actions from regularly scheduled audits, triggered audits or self-assessment reviews, issue certificates, office overhead, billing and administration, etc.

3) CHC $50 annual charge per operation enrolled in CanadaGAP option A1, A2, A3, B or C
: Starting in 2013, a $50 charge to support Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) activities applies annually to each operation enrolled in CanadaGAP option A1, A2, A3, B or C. The CHC $50 charge is collected by CanadaGAP. For more information about the CHC and its activities, please visit www.hortcouncil.ca.