Government of Canada Invests in Animal Safety & Transportation Best-Practices

October 13, 2017

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GUELPH - Member of Parliament Lloyd Longfield announced a $1.31 million Government of Canada investment in the Canadian Animal Health Coalition to develop a new livestock transport on-line certification, update to the transportation Code of Practice, provide emergency management (EM) tools to the livestock industry and explore and revise the Chicken Farmers of Canada’s animal program.

This investment funds 4 projects:

  • Up to $223,929 to develop a new livestock transport on-line certification program that will simplify, standardize and provide an opportunity for truckers, shippers and receivers to more easily access the training necessary to improve handling practices.
  • Up to $160,713 to update the Transportation Codes of Practice for the care and handling of farm animals during transport.
  • Up to $813,200 to develop an emergency management plan for the Canadian livestock industry to help mitigate, to respond to, and to recover from major hazard emergencies.
  • Up to $112,180 to revise the Chicken Farmers of Canada’s (CFC) animal care assessment program to meet the new Code of Practice for hatching eggs, breeders, chickens and turkeys. The project will strengthen the poultry industry’s capacity to respond to ever increasing demand by markets to demonstrate effective animal care standards.

The announcement took place in the historical Arkell family farm from the early 1800’s, known as Kay House. The house is located on the research station property which includes 700 acres.  

Background:

  • Canada is world-renowned for our high-quality livestock and poultry industries. These two sectors drive Canada’s economy, generating over $54 billion in farmgate receipts.
  • This investment is being made through Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s AgriMarketing Program, which is a five-year, up to $341 million initiative under the Growing Forward 2 policy framework.
  • The CAHC is a non-profit organization serving Canada’s farmed animal industry.  The organization is a partnership of cross-sectorial organizations, all recognizing a shared responsibility for an effective animal health system.