On-Farm Programs

Canadian hog farmers are dedicated to the highest quality standards. Through participation in national on-farm programs producers demonstrate their compliance with national standards for food safety and animal care.

Canadian Pork Excellence (CPE)

The new CPE program developed by the Canadian Pork Council, Canadian pork producers and stakeholders incorporates updates to the CQA and Animal Care Assessment programs. Canadian Pork Excellence covers three major components of pork production:

PigSAFE Canada - on farm food safety assurance program
PigCARE Canada - on-farm animal care assurance program
PigTRACE Canada - national swine traceability system

Implementation of PigSAFE and PigCARE is expected in January 2019. The CQA program will be phased out over the next two years and officially end in 2022.

Click here to view the Canadian Pork Excellence Producer Manual

The Canadian Quality Assurance (CQA®) manual outlines the food safety elements of the program. Launched in 1998 and continually updated, the manual presents requirements and good production practices based on the internationally recognized Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) model. Click here for a list of Saskatchewan CQA® Validators.

The Animal Care Assessment (ACA) manual presents animal care requirements. These are based on Canada’s Code of practice for the care and handling of pigs and became a requirement for CQA® registration in 2012.

The PigTrace program ensures that all pig farmers and pig custodians (auction markets, transporters, breeders etc.) properly identify, keep records and report the movement of pigs under their care or control from birth or import to slaughter or export. The wild boar industry is also subject to these requirements as of July 1, 2015.  Producers who would like more information on pig and farmed wild boar identification and reporting requirements should contact PigTrace Canada, a Canadian Pork Council (CPC) initiative. The CPC will act as the administrator of the pig traceability system. The CFIA is responsible for enforcing the identification requirements. 

PigTrace Quick Links:

To be a registered CQA® producer, program requirements are assessed each year for compliance by a program validator.  For more information, check out the Canadian Pork Excellence website or their FAQ page. 

Other Programs:

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is responsible for certifying that pork products exported from Canada originate from pigs that have never been fed and/or exposed to ractopamine hydrochloride. For more information: Canadian Ractopamine-Free Certification Program.