GS1 Canada

Tools, Services and Premium Features

Machine-to-Machine for Content Capture

Machine-to-Machine (M2M) is an automated electronic method for sharing content with your trading partners. It does this via an Application Protocol Interface (API), which transfers content from your system to and from another, in this case, GS1 Canada’s The Vault – eCommerce.


If you have already captured high-quality product images that meet GS1 global standards, you can use eSubmission to send them directly to GS1 Canada.

Physical Content Capture*

With our physical content capture option, you send your products to the GS1 Canada studio in Montreal where our team of photographers take professional photographs and capture standardized product data. By choosing physical content capture, you can have the confidence that your products are consistently being captured to GS1 global standards every time.

Data Provider Catalogue Certification Process*

To help new data providers (such as manufacturers, brand owners and distributors) understand how to load product data effectively, GS1 Canada has a data catalogue certification process in place.

GTIN Discrepancy Reporting*

Improve your data excellence ranking with GTIN Discrepancy Reports (GDRs). When a data recipient receives products that do not match the information contained in ECCnet, they can issue a GDR to alert the data provider that a change is needed to their product data. Data providers can correspond with data recipients about the issue on the GDR ticket itself and alert the data recipient when the issue has been resolved and the GDR can be closed.

Item Certification*

Item Certification allows data providers (such as manufacturers, brand owners and distributors) to certify that the data validated by GS1 Canada is complete and correct. This takes their data to the highest possible level of data excellence and assures their trading partners that their data is the best available.

Subscriber Prefix Authorization*

For organizations who are using a third party to load and manage their product data in Canada, we will require Prefix Authorization. This process confirms that you own a specific prefix, GTIN or GLN and that you are authorizing another organization to use it on your behalf.

To conduct this process, GS1 Canada requires a letter of authorization from the original Prefix, GTIN or GLN owner and a completed authorization form from the organization that will be handling the data.

GS1 Canada confirms ownership of the original Prefix, GTIN or GLN by consulting the Global Electronic Party Information Registry (GEPIR), reviewing your Prefix Licence documentation or by enquiring with the issuing GS1 member organization.

Subscriber Authentication

As part of GS1 Canada’s subscriber activation process for internationally-based organizations, we engage in Subscriber Authentication of Company Prefixes and GLNs. To authenticate these identifiers, we consult the Global Electronic Party Information Registry (GEPIR) to ensure that the subscriber has the necessary rights to load their content into the solution, tools or services being used.

Three-Way Meetings*

To help parties across the supply chain maintain data excellence, GS1 Canada offers three-way meetings that allow data providers and data recipients to come together in collaboration with GS1 Canada to resolve any ongoing issues around data excellence and identify proactive data excellence strategies moving forward.

The Vault – eCommerce

The Vault - eCommerce is a secure storage tool for eCommerce-related images and data. It can also be used for certifying, distributing and downloading eCommerce content to multiple trading partners.

Additional functionality within The Vault – eCommerce allows data providers to top up attributes for their products to include extra information such as marketing claims or romance copy.

The Vault – eCommerce is a pre-requisite to use Enrich Digital Assets.

Category Completion and Perpetual Store Audits*

Category Completion and Perpetual Store Audits are available to data recipients who wish to complete their product catalogue or maintain data completeness but whose trading partners have not submitted their products for content capture. GS1 Canada can go to a retail location and physically shop for a specific product and have its image and data content captured at GS1 Canada’s Montreal studio.

SmartLabel™ ECCnet Content Extract

SmartLabel™ ECCnet Content Extract allows brand owners to extract certified data from ECCnet Registry either as a downloadable file or through an API feed. The information received is formatted for use in the Food and Consumer Products of Canada’s (FCPC) SmartLabel™ program.

Enrich Digital Assets

Enrich is a marketing asset storage tool that helps organize, store and share your most up-to-date digital assets with your trading partners.

Professional Consulting and Training*

To help you identify how GS1 standards can help fuel your business processes, GS1 Canada offers a professional consulting service to provide in-depth answers to all of your questions. This service can also be used to host discovery sessions to help tailor services and tools such as Item Centre or Machine-to-Machine to your specific systems and needs. Contact us at for more information.

* For more information about these tools, services and premium features, contact GS1 Canada at 1.800.567.7084 or email us at