Frequently Asked Questions

We understand that starting a business is challenging. Our goal is to assist you in every way we can. Here are the questions we hear most often.

Q: What should I expect at the tour?

A: When you come into the kitchen for a tour, expect questions from us! We are genuinely curious about you, your business, and what we can do to assist you to start and grow it.
Every entrepreneur is unique and we want to address your specific queries and current challenges, but here are some questions that we hear often to get you started.

Q: How much does it cost?

A: No two businesses are alike. We customize a package for each member. We have the most flexibility in the industry with our “Pay For What You Use” philosophy and technology, saving you money!
Pricing fits your business – not the other way around. To learn more about how we are best suited to help your business succeed, have a chat with us or come in for a tour.

Q: What’s included in my membership?

A: You will have 24/7 access to the kitchen and a dedicated workstation (which you can choose to share to reduce costs) with a prep table, dry storage in the station and your own designated cold storage. You have access to multiple sinks and shared work tables. We have remote online booking and scheduling of equipment, so you’re never waiting around for equipment. WiFi, mop and rag service, chemical sanitizing dishwasher, basic kitchen consumables.

Q: What equipment do I need to bring?

A: We provide the storage space and heavy equipment, you bring everything else – knives, bowls, blenders, whisks, hotel pans, and the specific tools required to process your food.

Q: Do I need health inspection?

A: Yes, in Vancouver, Vancouver Coastal Health will review your food safety plan, and then come in to inspect you in place in the kitchen. You interact directly with the inspector. The local health authority has inspected our kitchens 100s of times over the years – and know we have everything in place from a facility point of view to meet their requirements.

Q: How flexible are the terms?

A: While a 12 month contract is the most cost effective, you can sign up for a six months, three months or month-to-month plans. We also have drop in rates available. Book a Kitchen Tour.

Q: What do I need to join Commissary Connect?

A: You need an inspection from the local health authority, liability insurance, a food safe certificate, and a fully refundable damage deposit. We will walk you through all the details during a tour and follow-up communication. Book a Kitchen Tour.

Q: I want to start in a couple of months. Should I wait to sign a contract?

A: In general, we suggest you sign up soon. That gives you time to get your food safety plan completed and schedule an appointment for an inspection. We are flexible in start dates, and terms – so ask when you are touring to see what options are available.

Q: What if I outgrow my customized package?

A: Our Business is Your Success! If you outgrow a package and need more space, time, or appliance use – just let us know and we will work with you to find the most cost effective way to grow. This can include scaling you up to our new HACCP-ready shared use facility – one of the first of its kind in Canada!

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Q: What if my business struggles?

A: Commissary Connect enables entrepreneurs to take a chance on your passion and food business without risking your future. No five year lease or expensive leasehold improvements – we have terms that work for you. The food industry is hard work – and sometimes despite all your efforts, you don’t meet your goals. Keep the communication lines open and we will work through that with you.
If you are struggling for direction, need operational advice, or connections – that’s what we are here for. We are in the kitchen regularly checking in and will give you best advice based on our team’s extensive business experience.

Q: I want to buy my own bakery, can I use your kitchen while I look for the right place?

A: We help you find success on your terms – if you only need our space for a short period, or have a specific goal in mind, communicate that with us. If its your business goal, its ours too. Helping you transition into a retail store front or a co-manufacturing facility means we helped you reach a goal and grow business! Don’t forget that we have a food cart and pop-up space for rent also – try it out before locking yourself into a long-term lease or an expensive food cart.Book a Kitchen Tour.

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