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07/03/2015 - 08/03/2015
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Owen Sound Campus - 1450 8th Street East, Owen Sound, Ontario, N4K5R4
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Close-up of a woman writing on a form on a clipboard in front of industrial roasting equipment.Take control of food safety regulations

If you operate or are planning to open a local food business, you know that food safety regulations can be confusing.   Food Safety Regulatory Training is a new, 12-hour weekend course offered by Georgian College. It has been created especially for small and growing local food businesses, including small farm food processors, producers selling at farmers’ markets, caterers and restaurant operators.

Course dates and locations

Owen Sound Campus: November 22-23, 2014, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Barrie Campus: January 24-25, 2015, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

South Georgian Bay Campus: March 7-8, 2015, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.


Space is limited! Thanks to our sponsors an exclusive low price of just $60 is available for these three cohorts only. For registration information contact  or call 705.728.1968, ext. 1774.

Georgian logo and link to Course Description Video with Amy Bracco.
Video: Amy Bracco discusses the Food Safety Regulatory Training course.

Length:                        12 hours

Delivery:                      3 modules plus practical component

Credential:                  Attestation of Attendance

Effective:                     Fall 2014



People around the world are embracing local food businesses and products. They know that local food supports small and medium-sized business, promotes healthy eating habits, creates community and results in fewer food miles. But starting or expanding a food business isn’t easy.

Local food businesses often start small, and the regulations the small business owner needs to understand can be overwhelming. The Food Safety Regulatory Training course prepares students to navigate the three levels of government regulatory agencies and their food related acts and regulations, guidelines and policy interpretations.
This course aims to strengthen relationships between food businesses and regulatory bodies. Through this course, students will:

  • Be engaged in learning experiences that will allow them to take control of food safety within their businesses
  • Learn to work collaboratively with regulatory agency inspectors to develop food safety plans and strategies

The result is stronger, more informed businesses and a safer food supply for all.


Career Opportunity

This course will be of interest to local food business owners and those employed in the local food industry. It will relate to careers in a variety of food settings including farmers’ markets, local food industries, catering, and restaurants.


Course Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • Recognize and understand the roles of the various levels of government and regulatory agencies related to food production
  • Stimulate creation and expansion of food-related businesses
  • Utilize keen observation and good judgment to all aspects of food production to ensure a safe food supply
  • Utilize and implement food safety plans and strategies
  • Recognize and understand key regulations in food production
  • Navigate a regulatory agency and its requirements in order to implement the regulations in a food business
  • Strengthen relationships between food businesses and regulatory agencies
  • Work collaboratively with regulatory agencies to develop food safety plans and strategies


Practical Experience

 One-on-one mentorship with area food experts

    • Access to Genesis nutritional analysis and labelling software
    • Access to web-based simulation that allows students to walk through potential food safety crisis as the producer or inspector (under development)


Admission Requirements

No formal requirements; however, students in food related industries are recommended for this course and will benefit from this training. Applicants require good communication skills and should have minimum of Grade 10 English.


Graduation Requirements

To receive credit for successful completion of the course, the following criteria must be met:

  • Attend the full 12 hours of class time
  • Complete and submit all required exercises

Students will receive an Attestation of Attendance from Georgian College.


Graduation Eligibility

To earn an attestation a student must attain a letter grade of P (Pass) in each module.




Understanding the Nature of Food Safety Regulations                                               3.0 hours

This module introduces the student to the importance and role of food safety regulations. It reviews the common causes of food-borne illness and looks at Canadian research on the costs associated with food-borne illness.

The key regulatory agencies are described including what they do and their most common pieces of food related regulations. The roles of non-governmental players are examined. The module concludes with a review of safe food handling, good manufacturing plans, and hazard analysis and critical control points.


An Overview of Food Safety Regulations                                                                       6.0 hours

The student will understand the science and culture of key food safety regulations from various agencies. Through this module students will be able to determine which local, provincial, and federal food safety regulations are relevant to various foods and distribution. Other topics include special events, farmers’ market exemptions, and farm gate sales. Students will learn the basics of food labelling components according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency Online Labelling Tool.


Understanding Food Safety Regulatory Roles and Responsibilities                         3.0 hours

Students will learn how to create a food safety culture. The module will review the roles and responsibilities of the food handler and business owner regarding food safety legislation. It will provide students an understanding of the role of the regulatory inspector including discussions on how to develop working relationships with regulatory personnel.
Information contained in College documents respecting programs is correct at the time of publication. Academic content of programs and courses is revised on an ongoing basis to ensure relevance to changing educational adjectives and employment market needs. The college reserves the right to add or delete programs, options, courses, timetables or campus locations subject to sufficient enrolment, and the availability of courses.

What our students say about the Food Safety Regulatory Training course

“Highly recommended that anyone in food business attend this course. Very worthwhile!”

“What a perfect 1st step for incubating my food business in Ontario, Canada and the world.”

“Was pleasantly surprised how much practical information was given. Especially in regards to product development and label and nutritional information.”

“The information provided will serve as an excellent reference in the future, a wonderful resource to check oneself!”

(Source: Student Course Evaluation Survey)


Video testimonials


Georgian logo with link to video testimonial by Sean Brady.
Video testimonial by Sean Brady

Georgian logo with link to video testimonial by Steacy den Haan.
Video testimonial by Steacy den Haan.

Georgian logo with link to video about Food Safety, Training and Regulations in Canada.
Amy Bracco discusses Food Safety, Training and Regulations in Canada in this video.

Click the links below to read articles about the Food Safety Regulatory Training course.

Owen Sound Sun Times, Friday, November 14, 2014

Food Production, Friday, January 9, 2015

This pilot project was made possible through funding provided by the Government of Ontario, the Counties of Grey, Bruce and Simcoe, and Georgian College. The views expressed in the testimonials and videos on this site are those of the participants and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Government of Ontario or the other project sponsors.

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