The PPR is a premises registry available to all agri-food business owners and operators in Ontario in order to allow them to register their premises and receive a Premises Identification Number (Premises ID or PID) and certificate. The PPR is an initiative of the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA). Registration is voluntary.
Agricorp operates the Provincial Premises Registry on behalf of the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA).
A Premises Identification Number, referred to as a Premises ID or PID, is a number identifying a parcel of land where agri-food activities occur. Each parcel of land, or premises, registered will receive a unique Premises ID, and a certificate will be issued displaying this number.
Unlike business registration numbers (e.g., Farm Business Registration (FBR), licence or other business identifiers), each Premises ID is linked to a specific parcel of land, not to a business.
Agri-food business owners, operators, leasers or tenants can apply for a Premises ID.
To register your premises you will be asked to provide your Assessment Roll number (ARN) – your tax assessment number from the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC).
If you cannot provide an ARN, you will need to provide one of the following:
Registering your premises is quick, easy and free. Simply fill out the online application form or call us. You will need to describe the agricultural or agri-food activities that take place on the premises as well as emergency contact information for your business. When registering your premises online be sure to complete all of the required fields.
A Premises ID is the first step to an effective traceability system and can lead to business advantages such as operational efficiencies and increasing market access. Also, a Premises ID helps to identify the agri-food activities as well as contact information of a specific parcel of land. In the event of an emergency, knowing the agri-food activities and having up-to-date contact information is critical.
Each premises needs to be registered only once. If your premises has already been registered, that Premises ID is still valid and there is no need to register again. However, changes to existing premises should be updated so that Premises IDs can be updated. For example, land sold or a change in agri-food activity would need to be updated in the PPR.
Agricorp collects specific business information on behalf of OMAFRA for the purposes of:
For details on the collection of agri-food business information by Agricorp for the registration of premises in the Provinical Premises Registry, review the consent.
No personal information is collected as part of the Provincial Premises Registry. For details on personal information please see the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.
Traceability systems are composed of premises identification, product identification and product movement records. Premises identification is the first step in establishing a traceability system that can lead to many business advantages, including improving operational efficiencies and increasing market access.
Accurate premises verification and identification is critical to the strength of our agriculture and food industries. High quality location information will assist emergency response efforts by improving emergency preparedness, responsiveness and management of risk due to natural disasters and diseases of plants or animals.
Enabling rapid identification of locations and facilities, through an accurate and current Provincial Premises Registry, provides an effective means to isolate and control hazards and outbreaks, and establish proactive measures in monitoring, control and support throughout the incident. Premises identification is an important part of modern and effective approaches to animal health, plant health, food safety, related public health and forces of nature.
At a minimum, you should review and update the activities occurring on your registered Premises on an annual basis. In addition, you should update your Premises information anytime there is a change related to your Premises (e.g., Contact information, Activities, etc.).
You can update your premises registration by contacting us at 1-888-247-4999. Alternatively, you can make changes to your business information or premises activities on a copy of your PPR certificate and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax it to us at 519-826-4118.
You can also update your premises information online. When updating your registration information online, you will need a verification code (obtained by update email or by calling us at 1-888-247-4999) to allow you to skip adding all of your information again. You will need to simply update what has changed and submit.
When updating your premises registration, remember to be specific and indicate all activities occurring on your premises.
Once your premises information has been updated, a new premises certificate will be issued to you. Most premises certificates are sent out within two business days of receiving your updated information. You may be contacted if any discrepancies or questions arise.
You can get more information by visiting the PPR website at www.ontariopid.com or by calling us toll free at 1-888-247-4999.