Notice of Intent: Development of a Technical Specification for Agricultural Blockchain Interoperability to Improve Global Traceability

OTTAWA, March 1st, 2021 – Following the recent approval by the CIO Strategy Council’s Standards Policy Committee, this notice of intent is to inform stakeholders of the development of a Technical Specification (TS) for agriculture blockchain interoperability within the supply chain.

The global demand for food is growing at an unprecedented rate, with an acute need for plant-based protein. Countries and organizations are turning to advanced technologies to meet this demand. With a trusted global reputation in food and feed, Canada has a unique opportunity to serve as a market leader.

The Technical Specification aims to specify minimum requirements for scalable distributed ledger technologies (DLT) to strengthen the supply chain and increase traceability (field to port) of agricultural commodities in Canada. It will consider requirements for digital tokens, source verification, blockchain protocols, data standards and contract management.

Working together with the Standards Council of Canada, Farmers Edge, a global leader in digital agriculture, and the support of the Protein Industries Supercluster, the development of this technical specification will help advance novel process technology and product development for further processing of crops.

Interested parties are encouraged to express their interest in contributing to this work. For more information or any questions about the Council’s standards development activities, please contact Matthew MacNeil.

Background Information

Blockchain Brings New Level of Trust to Agriculture ǀ Standards Council of Canada

About CIO Strategy Council
The CIO Strategy Council is Canada’s national forum that brings together the country’s most forward-thinking chief information officers and executive technology leaders to collectively mobilize on common digital priorities. Cutting across major sectors of the Canadian economy – public, private, and not for profit – the Council harnesses the collective expertise and action of Canada’s CIOs to accelerate Canada’s digital transformation. In 2019, the Standards Council of Canada accredited the CIO Strategy Council to develop National Standards of Canada supporting the data-driven economy. Learn more at

About CIO Strategy Council Standards Policy Committee
The Standards Policy Committee governs the Council’s standardization policies, sets standardization priorities and is responsible for coordinating standards development activities by establishing, dissolving and assigning responsibility to technical committees; approving new technical work; determining priorities; and maintaining the Council’s standards policies, procedures and other rules for the technical work.


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Katie Gibson
Vice President, Strategy and Partnership
CIO Strategy Council

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