Doing Business in Canada

Please note: this tool is currently unavailable as it is being revised to reflect extensive changes under the new Safe Food for Canadians Regulations. Please contact CPMA directly at (+1) 613-226-4187 or for any inquiries related to Doing Business in Canada. Members will be notified when the updates are available.

CPMA offers members a check list of necessary procedures to prepare your company for the challenges that may arise when marketing fresh produce. Whether you are importing or exporting into Canada, exporting from Canada or selling your products inter-provincially or intra-provincially, it is important for your company to be aware of the varying requirements it will face. After the product is sourced, documentation requirements must be assessed and if all are not completed, the shipment is jeopardized from the outset. Not only may the shipment be held up, but penalties may be levied for incorrect completion or omissions on forms. It is important to establish what is needed for your specific commodity and the timelines that are necessary to be successful in the process. This site also provides members with an outline of the paperwork required and links to sites that can provide you with on regulations and guidelines from Canadian government departments. The health and safety of Canadians is a top priority for government departments. In order to avoid any delays in clearing at the border, be well prepared to assure officials that the shipment has followed all the necessary procedures.