Membership Policy

This policy contains important information for all new members joining the thousands of food professionals currently enjoying the benefits of CIFS Membership.
  1. Preamble
    1. The purpose of this policy is to outline the applicable membership fees, eligibility criteria for membership, terms of membership, and other important information regarding the Canadian Institute of Food Safety (CIFS) Membership Program.
  2. Membership Term
    1. The term of CIFS Membership is 12 months.
    2. The term of membership is calculated from the date on which the member enrolled in the CIFS Food Handler Certification Course or the date on which CIFS Membership was purchased. 
  3. Eligibility Criteria 
    1. Membership is available to all qualifying individuals 18 years of age and over.
    2. CIFS reserves the right to refuse membership to any applicant.
    3. Memberships may be terminated at the discretion of CIFS.
  4. Membership Benefits 
    1.  CIFS Members receive unlimited access to members-only food safety resources including templates, posters, forms and guides.
  5. Membership Fees 
    1. The first year of membership is provided free of charge to all students who complete the CIFS Food Handler Certification Course.
    2. Individuals who purchase a membership will be charged $74.95 which includes all taxes.
  6. Membership Renewal 
    1. Prior to the expiration of the membership, members will be reminded of their renewal options.
    2. Membership renewal fees must be paid on or before the date of renewal in order to continue membership with CIFS.
    3. Membership of individuals who have passed their membership expiry date and have not responded to contact attempts will be suspended. To resume membership, individuals are required to pay the membership registration fee.
  7. Membership Cancellation 
    1. Should an individual wish to cancel their membership, they are required to notify CIFS in writing through our Contact Us form. 
    2. Membership fees are refundable if the Member meets the terms of our Refunds Policy.
  8. Terms of Membership 
    1. Non-Endorsements 
      1. Members may not use CIFS membership as an endorsement of their food safety policies or practices.
    2. Use of CIFS Name and Logo 
      1. The CIFS name and logo are proprietary and may not be used without permission, nor may they be used as a statement of endorsement. 
      2. To obtain permission to use the CIFS name and logo in another manner, please contact us via our Contact Us form. 
      3. The CIFS name and logo may not be used in any way after membership has expired or been cancelled.
    3. Privacy and Confidentiality 
      1. All data collected by CIFS is kept secure, private and confidential, and complies with the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) and any applicable provincial privacy laws. Please see our Privacy Policy and Security Policy for more information.
  9. Changes to this Policy 
    1. This policy may change from time to time. The most up-to-date version of the policy will be made available to members via the CIFS website.