Georgian College supports food entrepreneurs with innovative new program in Barrie and South Georgian Bay
January 09, 2015

Instructor Angela Newman teaches entrepreneurs about food safety regulations.

Instructor Angela Newman teaches entrepreneurs about food safety regulations.

Food entrepreneurs in Central Ontario now have a new resource when it comes to navigating the world of regulations in their industry.

Georgian College, in partnership with Grey, Bruce and Simcoe Counties, has announced additional sessions of its popular two-day seminar which offers unique curriculum tailored for the booming field of local food production and processing.

Food Safety Regulatory Training will be offered Jan. 24 and 25 at the Barrie Campus and March 7 and 8 at the South Georgian Bay Campus in Collingwood.

Food Safety Regulatory Training provides food entrepreneurs, farmers and food retailers with the most up-to-date knowledge and tools to better understand the complexities of the highly regulated food sector.

“A special introductory price of $60 applies to this program,” said Shona Welsh, Executive Director of Part-time Studies. “As space is limited, Georgian and our economic development partners are encouraging interested entrepreneurs to register early.”

Participants in previous sessions are enthusiastic about how useful the program is proving to be in their food-related businesses.

“I was pleasantly surprised by how much practical information was given,” said one participant, “especially in regard to product development, and label and nutritional information.”

“The information provided will serve as an excellent reference in the future,” said another participant. “It is a wonderful resource.”

The program was created by the Georgian College Part-time Studies division and supported by the Grey Bruce Health Unit. It is funded in part by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs’ Rural Economic Development program.

More details, including how to register, are available online.

This course was developed in response to a needs survey conducted at the incredibly successful Community Seminar for Food Entrepreneurs at the South Georgian Bay Campus in February 2014. Another seminar for food entrepreneurs will be held in the Orangeville area on February 25, 2015.

Read what industry trade journal Food Production Daily has to say about the program.