Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

April 13, 2007 16:11 ET

Canada and Ontario Commit $15 Million to Help Beef Industry Implement Enhanced Feed Ban

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - April 13, 2007) - The Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario are investing $15 million in Ontario's beef industry to help accelerate the elimination of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) from Ontario's cattle herds. The federal-provincial funding will help the province's beef processing sector comply with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's enhanced feed ban, which takes effect on July 12, 2007.

"Canada's New Government recognizes the tremendous efforts of our beef and cattle industries to ensure the safest and highest quality beef products," said the Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board. "We are pleased to contribute funding to Ontario's program to assist industry in meeting the new regulatory requirement."

"We understand that there have been significant challenges for Ontario's beef industry post-BSE. That is why the McGuinty government has committed $6 million to assist this sector to comply with the new federal regulation," said Leona Dombrowsky, Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. "This investment will strengthen the position of Ontario's beef industry in a very competitive global marketplace."

This funding announcement will assist Ontario's cattle industry in removing all specified risk material (SRM) - tissues that can harbour BSE - from all animal feeds, pet foods and fertilizers. The program is supported through a 60:40 federal-provincial cost-sharing agreement.

The federal contribution of $9 million to Ontario is part of an $80 million commitment to SRM removal programs nationwide. Federal funding supplements the provincial contribution of $6 million for a total of $15 million over two years to support the development of infrastructure or other measures required by the industry to comply with the enhanced feed ban. Affected industries include livestock producers, deadstock collectors, renderers, abattoirs and meat processors.

The effective implementation of Canada's enhanced feed ban will ensure the protection of animal health, increase consumer confidence, and strengthen the cattle and beef industry's markets in Canada and abroad.

In addition to funding for the SRM program, Ontario is providing $4 million to the Livestock Mortality Recycling Project. These funds will provide transitional support until SRM disposal infrastructure and updated regulations for deadstock disposal are in place.

"This will ensure that Ontario has continued deadstock removal in the short term, and provides time to develop a sustainable plan for managing livestock mortalities in the future," said Dombrowsky.

For details on the SRM program and application process, please visit or call 1-866-641-3663.

Note to Editors: A photo of the Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board, and Leona Dombrowsky, Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, who marked the signing of the above mentioned agreement, will be available on the CP photo network.


Canada-Ontario Specified Risk Material Management Program

Why is the Government of Canada implementing the enhanced feed ban?
Canada's current feed ban has effectively limited the spread of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) since being implemented in 1997. The enhanced feed ban is intended to further protect animal health, and will accelerate Canada's progress toward eradicating BSE from the national herd. Canada's actions are supported by an international team of animal health experts that reviewed the Canadian situation in 2003. Completing the feed ban requirement sends a message to the international trading community that Canada is committed to ensuring the highest quality and safest meat products possible for world trade.

What are specified risk material?

Specified risk material (SRM) are tissues that have been shown to contain the infective agent that transmits BSE. The following tissues are defined in Canadian regulation as SRM: skull, brain, trigeminal ganglia (nerves attached to the brain), eyes, tonsils, spinal cord, and dorsal root ganglia (nerves attached to the spinal cord) of cattle aged 30 months or older, and the distal ileum (part of the small intestine) of cattle of all ages.

What will the funding be used for?

The funding will support capital expenses for building immediate and long-term infrastructure suitable for SRM handling and transportation. Funding will also be available to improve SRM disposal capacity. The Program may support research into new and innovative ways to dispose of SRM such as through the generation of energy or marketing of by-products.

Who is eligible for funding through this program?

Funding will be available to a wide cross-section of industry including the following groups:

- federally regulated and provincially licensed abattoirs that slaughter cattle;

- renderers;

- companies permitted to destroy or contain SRM;

- individuals and companies with new technologies that eliminate infectivity and add value to SRM; and

- individuals and companies located in Ontario, which provide disposal solutions for SRM generated in the province.

For copies of the application form and guidelines, or any questions concerning these programs, please contact the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) toll-free at
1-866-641-3663; or e-mail:

What are the deadlines for applying for funding?

The deadline for those applying for funding projects that address SRM disposal is Monday, April 30, 2007.

The deadline for abattoirs applying for funding to address separation and segregation of SRM, or for on-site containment/destruction is Friday, December 28, 2007.

For more information on the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's enhanced feed ban, visit:

CFIA news release on preliminary recommendation from World Organization for Animal Health regarding BSE in Canada can be found at:


Contact Information

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Ottawa, Ontario
    Media Relations
    613-759-7972 or 1-866-345-7972
    Minister Dombrowsky's Office
    Kelly Synnott
    OMAFRA Communications Branch
    Brent Ross