Training & Support

The Ontario Agri-Food Venture Centre (OAFVC) is a proud supporter of education and business development in the area. Together with many partners and resources, the OAFVC will assist individuals in achieving their goals through training and support. Listed below are a few of the resources that the OAFVC will be able to introduce clients to in order to help them reach their objectives.

Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit

The district health unit will be a significant resource for the OAFVC and our clients. The health unit provides programs, services, and resources that create healthier communities and residents. They will be providing training in conjunction with the OAFVC for a certification in safe handling and storage of food products. If you would like to use the OAFVC you will need to have this Food Safety- Food Handler Certificate before using the production area.

The cost for this program is:

  • $40.00 for the in-class health unit sessions (2-day course)
  • $20.00 if you would like to take the material home to study and go in to the health unit to write the test
  • $10.00 to write the exemption test

For more information on the certificate test or course, please email Joe Mullin, OAFVC Operations Manager, or call us at 905-355-3680.

Business and Entrepreneureship Centre Northumberland (BECN)

The Business Success Program provided by the Business and Entrepreneurship Centre Northumberland (BECN) will be available for clients of the Ontario Agri-Food Venture Centre as a resource should they need it. The program will provide coaching, educational seminars, business visitations, and personalized ongoing service from the advisors at BECN. Subject-matter coaches are available in a variety of disciplines including retailing, manufacturing, sales and marketing, Internet marketing, accounting, finance, and organizational management. For more information please contact: or call 905-372-9279, or reach out to the OAFVC staff by email for more information.

Durham College

The Pharmaceutical and Food Science Technology Program at Durham College is designed to provide students with the essential skills and specific qualifications necessary for the workplace. Graduates are employed in both public and private sectors including bakeries, confectioners, pasta and snack food manufacturers, dairy, meat, seafood and canning processors, food additives and flavour manufacturers as well as health-product manufactures. In their fully equipped microbiology, chemical analysis, and processing facilities, students will gain hands-on experience in the methods and instrumentation used in the pharmaceutical and food-science technology industry. For more information on the program, please contact or 905.721.3000.

Loyalist College

The Process Operator – Food Manufacturing Training at Loyalist College is a pre-apprenticeship program to help people find work as apprentices in the food-manufacturing industry. The pre-apprenticeship program was initiated by the training colleges and universities and is designed to help potential students enter into the apprenticeship system by developing their job skills and trade readiness so that they will be qualified to find work as apprentices. The work-placement supervisor will work with the students to find placement opportunities. To register or learn more about the pre-apprenticeship program, call (613) 969-1913, ext. 2884.

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