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About GS1 Canada

GS1 is a neutral, not-for-profit association that develops and maintains global standards for efficient business communication.

GS1 standards improve the efficiency, safety, security, sustainability and visibility of value chains across physical and digital channels in 25 sectors.

Our scale and reach help ensure that GS1 standards create a common language that supports systems and processes across the globe.

In Canada, through our unique community management role, we collaborate with business leaders, sector boards, advisory councils and industry work groups to develop standards, guidelines and non-proprietary business solutions. Partnering with industry, we provide education and implementation support to subscribers of all sizes across multiple sectors.

When directed by industry, GS1 Canada develops Industry Managed Solutions to address specific sector-wide, non-competitive business process issues, designed to enable organizations of all sizes to meet Canadian trading and regulatory requirements.

GS1 Canada is a global leader in delivering the highest quality, perpetually cleansed and updated bilingual product content, becoming the one true source of data excellence for Canadian industry.

GS1 Canada's Roles





Standards Developer

  • GS1 Canada’s primary role is the development of global standards that create a common foundation for business by uniquely identifying, accurately capturing, and automatically sharing vital information about products, locations and assets
  • Global standards level the playing field for business of all scale and are used to enhance business processes across the value chain
  • We develop global standards in partnership with the industry experts and business teams who use them in their work.
  • GS1 Canada is responsible to represent the requirements of Canadian industry at the global level with global standards-setting bodies.
  • Our participation in the Global Standards Management Process (GSMP) ensures that global standards meet Canadian trading partner and regulatory requirements
To learn more about Standards, visit our Standards page.