Get Certified

Want to demonstrate your sustainability to have the opportunity to sell product into a certified supply chain?

If you are a beef producer or primary processor, you can have your farm, ranch, backgrounding operation, feedlot or primary beef processing facility certified against the Sustainable Beef Production Standard or Sustainable Beef Processing Standard.

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You can prepare for the audit process by learning about the Certified Sustainable Beef Framework and review the CRSB resource database on materials/programs that may assist you in a successful audit.

Check out the sustainability standard that applies to your point in the beef value chain:

Sustainable Beef Production Standard

Sustainable Beef Processing Standard 


Certification Process

There are several steps to the certification process:

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Click here for detailed processes in each of the steps above.


Contact the relevant Certification Body of your choice listed below to learn more about certification, including costs.


Certification Bodies for the Sustainable Beef Production Standard:


Verified Beef Production Plus

Click here to contact a Provincial Coordinator in your area

Where Food Comes From

Where Food Comes From, Inc.*

Contact Doug Stanton @ 866.395.5883.

* The National Cattle Feeders’ Association “Canadian Feedlot Animal Care Assessment” program (CFACAP) is recognized by CRSB with equivalency to the Animal Health and Welfare indicators in the Sustainable Beef Production Standard. Now Canadian feedlot producers can receive certification to both CRSB’s Sustainable Beef Production Standard and PAACO at the same time via a combined audit by Where Food Comes From. For more information, visit the CFACAP website.

Contact Doug Stanton @ 866.395.5883. 


Certification Bodies for the Sustainable Beef Processing Standard:

Where Food Comes From


Where Food Comes From, Inc.

Contact Doug Stanton @ 866.395.5883.


Certification Bodies for the Chain of Custody Requirements:

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IMI Global, a division of Where Foods Comes From, Inc.

Contact Doug Stanton @ 866.395.5883.


Resources for a successful audit

Producers and processors can find all of the documents regarding the Certified Sustainable Beef Framework Standards and Certification Processes on our Resources Page, and in the blue and green boxes at the bottom of each page.  

*Standards are currently available in both English and French; we are working towards translations of other pertinent framework documents.

In addition to the Framework documentation the CRSB has compiled a collection of outside resources (links to tools, programs, information) that may assist you in preparation for a successful certification audit. The resources are categorized by the five Principles of Sustainable Beef. 


Canadian Beef Sustainability Acceleration Pilot project 

In October 2017, a pilot project was launched to help develop the processes and infrastructure required to implement the CRSB Certified Framework. Spearheaded by Cargill, the Certified Beef Sustainability Acceleration (CBSA) pilot tracks live cattle and beef from Certified Operations through an audited supply chain.  In partnership with Verified Beef Production Plus (VBP+) and BIX Systems, with support from both retail and foodservice operations such as Loblaws, McDonalds, Swiss Chalet & Original Joe's, and most recently, Cactus Club Restaurants, the CBSA Pilot encourages industry participation, in part, by providing financial credits for producers.  

To enroll in the pilot and become eligible for financial credits, follow three easy steps:

  1. Get trained and audited by either Verified Beef Production Plus (VBP+) or Where Food Comes From, Inc.
  2. Sign up for BIXS – and even if you already have an account, be sure to enable BIXS to share your information 
  3. Age-verify or move-in your cattle either through the CCIA's Canadian Livestock Tracking System (CLTS) or BIXS

Once your cattle is verified to have come through Certified Operations across the supply chain, you will be eligible for credits shared equally among all members of the supply chain on a per head of cattle basis.

For more information, visit

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