Seafood Accelerator Program: Market Access Food Safety Program

By mmuise

The Market Access Food Safety Program assists companies to overcome a specific food safety requirement or obstacle that is preventing them from entering a new market, or in keeping markets open when requirements change.
Specifically, this program will support a limited number of companies with: obtaining Global Food Safety Initiative (GSFI) certification which will in turn open more export markets, and meeting the food safety requirements of new markets to support market entry or market expansion.

Comments on Funding:

Funding is up to a maximum of $15,000 per applicant and based on scope and deliverables.
Projects are cost-shared to a maximum of 50/50 with applicants.
Applicants must pay a percentage of their contribution for the project to begin, depending on total project costs.

Deadline: Continuous Intake

Applicants must:

  • have a head office and licensed seafood processing facility in Nova Scotia,
  • demonstrate they are meeting the current federal and provincial inspection, regulation and licensing requirements,
  • have controls in place to ensure the product is handled properly during processing and results in a final product that is not tainted, decomposed, or unwholesome,
  • not be in contravention of provincial or federal laws related to the fishery.
Application Steps:

Applicants must:

1. submit the completed Market Access Food Safety application online or by email at,

2. provide further information if required,

3. be able to provide a down payment before work begins.

Scheduling of the project may begin immediately upon application approval with a signed quote and project plan.

Documentation Needed:

No specific documentation has been identified.

Other Things to Note:

Perennia Food and Agriculture Inc. is a provincial development agency with the mission to help farmers, fishermen and food processors be more prosperous and profitable. It is Nova Scotia’s only technical development agency focused solely on the food sector and maximizing its value.
This program is funded under the provincial Building for Tomorrow Fund and is available until March 31, 2023. Intake is ongoing while funds are available. Projects must be completed by March 31 in the year they are approved, so early application is recommended.

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