Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

May 20, 2015 10:52 ET

Harper Government Invests to Support Safe Transportation of Livestock and Poultry

WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - May 20, 2015) - Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)

Member of Parliament for Wellington-Halton Hills, Michael Chong, along with Member of Parliament for Kitchener-Conestoga, Harold Albrecht on behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz today announced an investment of $183,929 to the Canadian Animal Health Coalition (CAHC) to help ensure that livestock and poultry are transported in a safe and humane manner by certified transporters.

This support will allow CAHC to develop an on-line driver training and driver verification system, based on the existing Canadian Livestock Transport (CLT) 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.

Quick Facts

  • Canada is world-renowned for our high-quality livestock and poultry industries. These two sectors drive Ontario and Canada's economy, generating over $54 billion in farmgate receipts, including $12 billion in Ontario.

  • Since 2009, the Government of Canada has invested over $5 million to update existing and develop new codes of practice, complete the on-farm animal care assessment model and promote Canada's approach to farm animal care.

  • 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.

Quotes

"Our Government is proud to support industry-led initiatives that help to ensure the welfare of farm animals in Canada. The transportation of farm animals is a regular part of everyday farming across the country and ensuring that it is done in a humane and safe way is a top priority."

- Michael Chong, Member of Parliament for Wellington-Halton Hills

"The CAHC is very appreciative of this federal government support. Enabling the development of the Canadian Livestock Transport online platform will not only increase the number of CLT trained transporters but it will also allow the industry to develop and effectively deliver other educational programs as well."

- Mark Beaven, Executive Director, Canadian Animal Health Coalition

Associated Links

- Growing Forward 2 (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada)

- AgriMarketing (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada)

- Canadian Animal Health Coalition

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Contact Information

  • Emily Hogeveen
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz
    613-773-1059

    Media Relations
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario
    613-773-7972
    1-866-345-7972