Make Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development your first point of contact for help as you build your future in food and agri-products.  The Food and Agri-Product Processing Branch provides services to entrepreneurs, businesses and organizations to strengthen the competitive position of Manitoba's food and agri-product processing industries in the domestic and global marketplace. 

Business development specialists offer consulting and pathfinding services, workshops, training and access to market development activities that will help you manage and grow your business.  Contact us today by emailing

Visit the Starting a Food Business section for resources and tools to help you build your future in food. 

In the About the Sector section, you can learn about exciting new opportunities to manufacture products from agricultural fibre and crop by-products. 

What's New

Manitoba Economic Support Centre

Many businesses in Manitoba are facing significant challenges due to COVID-19.  Information on provincial and federal support programs like wage subsidies, loans, rent assistance, hiring students and the Manitoba Gap Protection Program are available at the Manitoba Economic Support Centre.  Check it out online, or dial 1-888-805-7554 to speak to a service representative.

Guidance for the Manitoba Food Processing Sector

Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development (ARD) is aware of the concerns and challenges our food industry is facing to continue delivering a critical service to Manitobans for uninterrupted access to safe food.  This factsheet provides guidance and answers questions food processors (including abattoirs) may have regarding COVID-19.

Safe Food for Canadians Regulations

Did you know that the new Safe Food for Canadians Regulations have been in effect since January 15, 2019? 

The Safe Food for Canadians Regulations require food businesses that import ingredients or export a food product to have a Safe Food for Canadians license and preventive controls that outline steps to address potential food safety issues.  The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) website has resources to help you determine the requirements and compliance timelines that apply to your business.

This video will help you determine if your business requires a license and outlines the steps required.

This CFIA link provides a guide for preparing a preventive control plan for domestic food businesses.


Navigating Safe Food for Canadians Regulations and Preventive Control Plans Webinars 
Part 1 - Navigating the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations Website Webinar
June 16, 2020 9:00a.m.-10:00 a.m.
Part 2 - Preventive Control Plan Templates Webinar
June 16, 2020 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Part One will review how to use the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations Toolkit. The webinar will provide a refresher on signing up and navigating the Safe Food for Canadians website. You will also learn how to identify if a Preventive Control Plan is required for your business.
Part 2 will take a closer look at how to get started on a Preventive Control Plan. This webinar will provide a more in depth overview of the Preventive Control Plan tools and templates.
Register here
For more information contact or call 204-392-7268