PPR: Provincial Premises Registry. The official registry for obtaining an Ontario Premises Identification Number.

What is the Provincial Premises Registry (PPR)?

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.

  • The PPR is the only official provincial registry for obtaining an Ontario Premises ID Number for agri-food businesses in Ontario
  • There is no cost to register (and it is quick and free!)
  • The PPR is available online at www.ontariopid.com. The online registry easy to use, is available 24 hours a day and can be accessed from a computer connected to the internet.
  • Registrations can also be made over the phone by calling toll free 1-888-247-4999 during regular business hours (8:30am to 5:00pm) Monday through Friday.
  • Service is available in English and French.

Who operates the registry?

Agricorp operates the Provincial Premises Registry on behalf of the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA).

What is a Premises ID?

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.

Who can apply for a Premises ID?

Agri-food business owners, operators, leasers or tenants can apply for a Premises ID.

What do I need to register my premises?

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:

  • Latitude and longitude coordinates from a global positioning system
  • Municipal address of the premises to be registered
  • Legal land description (lot, concession and township of the premises).

How much will it cost to register my premises?

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.

What is a Premises ID used for?

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.

Is an existing or older Premises ID still valid?

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.

How will the information collected be used?

Agricorp collects specific business information on behalf of OMAFRA for the purposes of:

  • Validating premises information in order to assign Premises Identification Numbers
  • Capturing premises information data to enable OMAFRA to prepare and respond to agri-food incidents.

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.

Why should agri-food businesses register their premises?

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.

When should I update my premises registration?

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.).

How do I update my premises registration?

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 contact@agricorp.com 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.

How soon will I receive confirmation of my updated information?

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.

How can I get more information?

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.