* 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: $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.