Animal Health Program Adjustments

In an effort to modernize Canada's approach to managing animal diseases, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is making adjustments to its activities for certain federally reportable diseases.

The following animal disease programs will be adjusted over the coming years:

Adjustments to these programs will allow the Agency to better prepare for, and ultimately respond to, emerging and foreign animal diseases such as avian influenza and foot-and-mouth disease.

The CFIA remains committed to its role in animal disease control in Canada and will continue to play a leadership role both nationally and internationally. Consultations with provinces and industry will be key in the success of these program changes.

Implementing the changes

The CFIA recognizes that a significant amount of work will need to be done before these changes can be fully implemented.

In all cases, the Agency is working closely with provincial and territorial governments, the livestock industry, the animal health community, and other stakeholders to identify effective ways for managing these diseases in the future.

The Agency takes emerging animal disease and pandemic very seriously and remains committed to protecting human and animal health. To do so, a shared role with partners is the best way forward.

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