Animal Health Emergency Management Project


The CAHC project, ‘Enhancing the Capacity for Emergency Management in Canada’s Livestock & Poultry Industry’ provides livestock producers and their associations with tools that are relevant to their specific sector and region in the event of a disease related sector-wide emergency event, including:

  • PLANS that set out the roles and responsibilities for the industry organization and key members of staff, and
  • HANDBOOKS that describe the producers’ roles in the key activities anticipated, and the information they will need to have on hand. 

Thirteen provincial livestock associations developed a PLAN and HANDBOOK for their organization/staff and their producers between July 2016 to March 2018, through this initial project, referenced as the ‘Animal Health Emergency Management’ or AHEM project.  

This outcome provides the livestock industry with a consistent approach to the management of disease related sector-wide emergencies, resulting in the similar alignment of organizational roles and responsibilities regardless of sector or province.  Essentially, the project provides Canada’s livestock industry with the foundation of an animal health emergency management program.

Additional outcomes from the AHEM project included:

  • A Benchmark Survey establishing the current level of animal health emergency management planning:
    • 28% of livestock industry association respondents have plans (100% of poultry association respondents)
    • 97% of livestock and poultry associations cite disease emergencies as one of their most significant vulnerabilities
  • A Profile of the 7 Secretariats that successfully support animal health emergency management at a provincial level in certain poultry and swine sectors across Canada
  • A consultation in 5 provinces / regions confirming interest in the establishment of a council to support capacity building relative to animal health emergencies at a local or provincial / regional level
  • A ‘Lessons Learned’ Report, pursuant to the Manitoba swine industry’s 2017 experience of PEDv
  • A producer brochure summarizing key elements of the HANDBOOK:
    • A tool that can be readily adapted to provide a customized brochure for each provincial association
  • An informal AHEM-related discussion forum between senior industry executives and Canada’s Chief Veterinary Officer.

The project complements and ‘fits’ within the context of several national strategic initiatives, including the Livestock Market Interruption Strategy (LMIS) led by AAFC, and the Plant and Animal Health Strategy (PAHS) facilitated by CFIA. The project brings to the livestock industry, many concepts and tools that have been successfully adopted by other industries and sectors, e.g. the poultry sector, allowing the industry to learn and capitalize upon the lessons learned by others.

The project involves significant collaboration with federal government organizations (AAFC, CFIA), provincial government departments of agriculture and as well provincial commodity groups spread across Canada.

MOVING FORWARD…  AHEM-II

A funding application (Canadian Agricultural Partnership) for a second phase, referenced as the AHEM-II project, will assist in creating Awareness and Capacity Building. Project activities include: 

  1. DEVELOP AND TEST PROTOCOLS TO ADDRESS EXISTING POLICY GAPS/LESSONS LEARNED IN A NATIONAL EXERCISE
    Develop protocols addressing 3-5 key industry ‘policy gaps’ identified by industry/government consensus, ‘lessons learned’ for outbreaks occurring during the project and a national exercise to test industry’s capacity to effectively partner in response to serious animal disease emergencies.
  2. DEVELOP COMMODITY SPECIFIC ASSOCIATION-LEVEL PLANS AND ON-FARM PRODUCER-LEVEL HANDBOOKS
    Collaborate with an additional 12-15 provincial commodity groups to develop PLANS and HANDBOOKS and 3-5 national commodity groups to develop PLANS.
  3. DEVELOP AHEM AWARENESS TOOLS AND WORKSHOPS
    Develop awareness and training tools for industry partners to increase the awareness and understanding for their AHEM PLANS and HANDBOOKS and develop capacity to effectively partner in preparation and response activities.
  4. DELIVER FOREIGN ANIMAL DISEASE COURSEWARE FOR PRIVATE PRACTITIONERS
    Deliver a training course, in partnership with CFIA, provincial licensing bodies and industry; revised and tested for local delivery across a range of commodities and provinces.

For more information on the project please contact

Matt Taylor
m-taylor403@shaw.ca
403-607-1080

or
Mikki Shatosky
design@declercq.ca
403-870-8784

PROJECT RESOURCES 

Click on the following links to view/download Producer-level HANDBOOKS* developed through the AHEM I project:

BC

Alberta

Ontario

Manitoba

Nova Scotia

Quebec

 * PLANS also developed for each of these organizations

Acknowledgment: Funding for this project has been provided through the AgriMarketing Program under Growing Forward 2, a federal–provincial–territorial initiative