When you have decided to apply…

Your new career begins with these 4 easy steps! For guidance, follow along below as you enter the Pre-Arrival Food Safety Management Training Program:

It is important that you research our provided information about the Canadian food and beverage industry before you start a new career. Does this diverse and frequently-changing industry sound right for you?

You must also meet one of these two Minimum Eligibility Requirements to participate in the program:

  • Have applied for permanent residence and have a Canadian Government issued Unique Client Identifier number (UCI). This number is found on all official documents you receive from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). It can be 8 or 10 numbers long. (for example: 1111-2222 or 33333-44444)

    PLUS provide one of these Government of Canada issued documents: (see examples)

    • Invitation, sent via IRCC, to obtain pre-arrival services, or
    • Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) letter/document, or
    • Passport request letter that indicates Permanent Resident visa issuance, or
    • IRCC request that an applicant for permanent residence complete medicals, or
    • Single Entry Permanent Resident Visa, or
    • Permanent Resident Visa pick-up notification letter.

OR

  • Have ‘Confirmation of Permanent Residence’ issued by the Canadian Government. An official document issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) or an associated office, granting Permanent Residence.
  • Have Government issued IMM number (IMM 5292). This number is found on your Confirmation of Permanent Residence application and starts with a letter followed by nine numbers. (Example: T123456789).
  • Have a reliable Internet connection and computer access. This is an online program and involves daily use of a computer with a reliable internet connection.
  • Have a valid and current email address. Email will be our main form of communication; it is important that your email address is working properly and filled out correctly on the application form.
  • Have a current home address NOT residing in Canada. Applicants must be residing in their home country when participating in the program.
  • Have an English Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB), of Level 4 or higher. To be successful in this program, participants must be able to speak, read and write English at a minimum level 4 or higher. Applicants wishing to enter the advanced stream of the program must have a minimum CLB level 7 or higher.
  • Have an electronic copy of a Government issued proof of identification, such as a Passport, Driver’s License or Proof of Citizenship. Your identification will be used to verify and validate your application.

When you are ready to join Canada’s largest manufacturing industry, you may complete and submit the Program Application, containing your basic information. It will inform us if you have met all basic eligibility requirements.

Be Prepared

Have the following items ready when completing your Program Application:

  • Your Unique Client Identifier number (1111-2222 or 33333-44444). This number will be used exclusively for the purposes of verifying your immigration status and eligibility for the program.

OR

  • Your Confirmation of Permanent Residence, IMM number (T123456789). This number will be used exclusively for the purposes of verifying your immigration status and eligibility for the program.
  • Your Date of Birth is required and will only be used for the purposes of verifying your immigration status.
  • A valid email address. Email will be our main form of communication; it is important that your email address is working properly and filled out correctly on the application.

What to Expect

Once submitted, you can expect an email in 24 to 72 hours (1-3 business days), stating whether your application has been accepted or denied. Be sure to check both your inbox and junk mail folders!

If your application has been approved, you will be invited to officially “Enroll” in the Food Safety Management Training Program. Only individuals who satisfy all basic Government mandated requirements, collected in the Program Application will receive the invitation.

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Congratulations! You have been approved to complete the Enrollment Form, containing more detailed information about your education and work experience. With this, we will have a better understanding of who you are and where you fit in the program.

Be Prepared

Before you begin, please take some time to gather the following supporting documents to help you complete the form:

  • Resume: A current and up to date digital copy of your resume, ready for upload.
  • Past work experience:  Detailed information on past positions held, company name and address, and length of employment.
  • Education: List your educational background and upload scans of your diploma(s).  An education is not mandatory; however individuals with an education will receive additional consideration.
  • Self-Portrait: Add a professional portrait of yourself for the Graduation Ceremony once you have completed the program. If you do not have a professional picture, please select your favourite picture of only yourself (portrait style). Make sure to smile!

What to Expect

Set aside 20 to 30 minutes to complete your Enrollment Form, and to sign the included program waivers. We will review your submission, and will place you in the most appropriate stream based on your previous experiences.

The streams are as follows:

ADVANCED: The Advanced Stream encompasses all 3 levels of the training program. It provides a high-level understanding of food safety, paired with practical development of leadership and supervisory skills for the Canadian workplace. This stream is ideal for individuals who have a University or College education, as well as previous experience in food, sciences, or manufacturing

Does this sound like you?

  • You are passionate about food and beverage, possessing a University or College degree/ diploma in a related field of study. For example: microbiology, food sciences, culinary, agriculture, any sciences, etc.
  • You have education and work experience in an alternative field, and are looking to explore new career pathways. For Example: engineer, mechanics, pharmaceuticals, other manufacturing, etc.
  • You have experience working in a leadership role, supervising a team, and managing the development of a final output/ production.
  • You are new to working with food, but have comparable skill sets from similar occupations such as quality assurance, lab testing and auditing.
  • You have direct experience working in food manufacturing. For example: plant manager, QA/ QC technician, HACCP coordinator, food safety specialist, Supervisor, etc.

INTRODUCTORY:  The Introductory Stream features the first 2 levels of the training curriculum; it covers all fundamental food safety principles as well as essential workplace skills. This stream is ideal for individuals who are new to working with food products, and have other complimentary education or experience.

Does this sound like you?

  • You are passionate about the food and beverage industry, possessing a University or College degree/ diploma in a related field of study. For example: microbiology, food sciences, culinary, agriculture, any sciences, etc.
  • You have education and work experience in an alternative field, and are looking to explore new career pathways. For Example: engineer, mechanics, pharmaceuticals, other manufacturing, etc.
  • You have experience working in a leadership role, supervising a team, and managing the development of a final output/ production.
  • You are new to working with food, but have comparable skill sets from similar occupations such as quality assurance, lab testing and auditing.
  • You have direct experience working in food manufacturing. For example: plant manager, QA/ QC technician, HACCP coordinator, food safety specialist, Supervisor, etc.

Once the program administrator has completed reviewing your enrollment form and has determined a stream, you will receive an official email welcoming you to the program.

Congratulations and welcome to the Pre-Arrival Food Safety Management Training Program! You can expect an official welcome email, containing:

  • Your official start date
  • Which stream of the program you are enrolled in: Advanced or Introductory
  • Resources, useful links and social media connections
  • Important program contact information
  • Instructions about the online learning portal and how to log in

Be Prepared

Individuals in both streams will have 30 days to complete their online courses (55 hours). Manage your time well to ensure you achieve a successful work and life balance. To help with your time management, please review the following:

  • Review the “How to Take an Online Course” tutorial video found on the online portal. This video will help you navigate the learning portal, provide best practices, as well as tips and tricks.
  • Take time to familiarize yourself with the online learning interface.
  • Create a good study environment that is quiet and free from distractions.
  • Get into a pattern. Try scheduling a consistent time each day, allocating 1-2 hours towards the completion of your online training.
  • Begin building your resume.
  • Participate on the Pre-Arrival Food Safety Management Training Program’s social media pages. Engage with Canadian employers and connect with program peers to share your experience!

What to Expect

Prepare to learn! You can expect a diverse and interactive learning experience filled with videos, games, narration, helpful resources, reading, templates, quizzes and much more!

At the start of each course, a guide will introduce the subject-matter, highlight key topics covered and inform you about the learning objectives for that course.

Occasionally, you may be given tasks or assignments that are to be completed outside of the course, such as setting up a social media presence, building a positive and professional online presence and resume building. You are encouraged to actively participate in all aspects of the program to improve your overall learning outcomes.

At the end of each course you will be required to challenge the final exam which will determine whether you pass the course and can move on to the next one. The learning portal will put you into “exam mode” which will restrict you from accessing other applications on your computer while taking the test. Once you have successfully completed and passed the final exam you will gain access to the next course.