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GS1 Canada represents Canadian business on global e-commerce standards-setting bodies. This ensures that Canadian businesses of all sizes and in virtually all sectors can enjoy productivity gains and improved competitiveness on the world stage.

GS1 Canada works with other standards-setting bodies internationally to bring Canada to the forefront of the global e-commerce revolution. Partners include:

Accredited Standards Committee X12 (ASC X12) : Accredited by the American National Standards Institute, ASC X12 develops standards for the exchange e-commerce with the X12 Interchange Format Data Interchange (EDI) and XML that interact with other e-commerce technologies. GS1 Canada is a member of the ASC X12 and serves as vice-chair of the supply chain committee, facilitating changes in EDI standards in Canada and the United States.

Can-Trace : Collaborative initiative related to the development of voluntary standards traceability for food products grown produced and sold in Canada. The GS1 Canada provides the secretariat for Can-Trace.

Data Interchange Standards Association (DISA) : DISA develops inter-industry standards for exchanging information in e-commerce, provides the secretariat for X12, helps North American standards for EDI and XML development, and provides technical and administrative support for organizations of development of electronic commerce, XML standards and specifications. GS1 Canada is a member of DISA and is the liaison representative of Canada and the United States with respect to GSMP XRG X12, representing EDI North American standards.
Global Commerce Initiative (GCI): GCI is a global user group that provides feedback to standards-setting bodies on the real-world implications of standards. GS1 Canada represents Canadian business interests at GCI, ensuring that global standards are relevant and beneficial to our members.

Global Standards Management Process (GSMP): GSMP is the “engine” that powers the EAN.UCC System. It is a customer-driven process that enables customer involvement in the management of the EAN.UCC System, in which any company can submit a request to improve their supply chain efficiency. GS1 Canada facilitates and represents Canadian submissions to GSMP.

OnTrace Agri-food Traceability (OnTrace): is a not-for-profit corporation created to build and implement a traceability framework for the agriculture and agri-food sectors in Ontario, as well as co-ordinating with other national, provincial, and commodity initiatives. OnTrace’s goals are to deliver traceability solutions that will enable the agriculture and agri-food industry in Ontario to become more innovative and competitive, and to strengthen the capacity of industry and government to manage and respond to emergencies related to agriculture and food. Learn more about GS1 Canada’s collaboration with OnTrace.

Voluntary Interindustry Commerce Standards Association (VICS): VICS establishes cross-industry standards that simplify the flow of products and information in the general merchandise retail industry. GS1 Canada represents Canadian organizations on standards development, covering the areas of floor-ready merchandise, direct-to-consumer retailing, logistics, online retailing, collaborative planning, forecasting and replenishment, and collaborative commerce.

VICS Item-Level RFID Initiative (VILRI): VILRI is an inter-industry group of the United States' leading retailers, suppliers, industry associations, academia and solution providers, dedicated to quantifying the benefits of item-level RFID, and to exploring how the technology can improve business processes along the retail value chain.
The organization, which exists under the VICS  umbrella, is not-for-profit, and is led by companies that will be end users of the technology, with the support of leading providers of radio frequency identification.