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Food licences

Under the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR), certain food businesses will require a licence to conduct one or more activities.

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Services and information

Who needs a licence

Answer a few questions with this interactive tool to know whether you need to apply.

Before you apply

Steps to apply, change a licence, food categories, if you already have a licence or registration.

Activities needing a licence

Trade within and outside Canada, manufacturing, processing, treating, preserving, grading, packaging, labelling, sector-specific rules.

Importing food with a licence

Rules for importing with a licence and standard error messages.

New regulation timelines

When you'll need a food licence for your business.

Create a My CFIA account

How to sign up for business use, create profiles, and assign contacts.

Trading food

Rules for trading within a province, between provinces, or with another country.

Regulatory requirements

The rules that give us the authority to give, renew, amend, suspend or cancel a food licence.

Find a licence

Find out if a business is licensed under the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations.

Food licence overview

How it works and why it matters in English, French, and 10 other languages.


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