Founded in 1951, CIFST is the national association for food beverage sector professionals. Its membership of approximately 1,000 individuals is comprised of scientists and technologists in industry, government and academia who are committed to advancing food science and technology.

Below are the categories of membership, annual dues and eligibility criteria for each category.

Membership Categories Annual Fees
(2017) *
Eligibility Criteria

 

Professional $205.00 Individuals working professionally in the food sector in industry, government and academia.

Specifically, CIFST By-laws prescribe that:

A Professional Member shall be, (1) a person actively engaged in Food Science and Technology for a period of two years and holding a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in a field of science, or (2) a person holding a Master’s degree or Doctoral degree in a field of science, or (3) a person who has a minimum of seven years experience in Food Science and Technology and holds a responsible position therein, or (4) a person not actively engaged in Food Science and Technology but who, in the opinion of the committee so designated, qualifies by virtue of past experience and /or specialised training.

Associate $205.00 Individuals connected to the food industry.

Specifically, CIFST By-laws prescribe that:

An Associate Member shall be a person actively interested in Food Science and Technology but not classified as a Professional Member.

Retired $87.50 Individuals who have retired from active involvement in the food science and technology fields, but who wish to retain a professional connection with the Institute.

Specifically, CIFST By-laws prescribe that:

A Retired Member shall be any Professional Member who has retired from remunerative professional life in the agri-food sector and who has been a member of the Institute for at least ten years. Certification of qualifying membership will be verified by the Executive Director.

Student $43.00 Individuals currently registered in food science and technology programs at recognized educational institutions.

Specifically, CIFST By-laws prescribe that:

A Student Member shall be a person in full attendance in courses directed towards a career in Food Science and Technology.

Graduated Student – First Year
$61.50 Students in their first year immediately following graduation from food science and technology programs at recognized educational institutions. Must be approved.

 

Graduated Student – Second Year
 
$102.50 Students in their second year immediately following graduation from food science and technology programs at recognized educational institutions. Must be approved.
Sustaining $550.00  Organizations (corporations, universities, colleges, associations, government departments and agencies). This category includes one professional/associate membership.

Specifically, CIFST By-laws prescribe that:

A Sustaining Member shall be a Corporation, an incorporated Association, a College or University, a government Department or Agency actively involved in the food industry.

The above annual fees are in Canadian funds and are exclusive of applicable tax.

The Membership year is January 1 to December 31.

The Basic CIFST Membership Fees above include membership either in the nearest CIFST Regional Section OR as a “Member-at-Large“.  Members may join other Regional Sections for an additional cost of $16 per Section.

 

New for 2018 – Corporate Membership Rates – You are eligible for Corporate Membership rates if there are three (3) or more individuals employed by the same company to join or renew as CIFST members.

Corporate Membership consists of two full members plus a third member. Your company will save a minimum of $40 in membership dues every time an additional member is added to your Corporate Membership. The average dues per person decreases as more members join CIFST from the same company.

All members in the corporate membership receive all membership benefits, both locally and nationally. New individuals can be added to your Corporate Membership at any time during the year. Their membership expiration date becomes that of the corporate membership. Corporate Memberships can be transferred should employees leave the company.

Renewal dues for a corporate membership (a company with 3 or more) are invoiced as a group and sent to the company’s primary member. The dues amount shown on the invoice is based on the total members within the company. Individual dues amounts are not listed on the invoice since the deep discount involved with the 3rd and additional members is not valid should your company fall below the minimum requirement of 3 members. Rates for any given individual may change if there are reductions in the number of members within a company.

Corporate Membership Matrix (based on a minimum of three members from the same company):
2017 2018 Savings
First Member  $    205.00  $      205.00
Second Member  $    205.00  $      205.00
Third Member  $    205.00  $      165.00  $        40.00 20%
Fourth  $    205.00  $      155.00  $        50.00 24%
Fifth & Subsequent Member  $    205.00  $      145.00  $        65.00 30%
 $ 1,025.00  $      875.00  $      155.00 15%