Greater Protection Against Livestock And Poultry Diseases
McGuinty Government Passes Animal Health Legislation
New measures will help prevent, detect and respond to animal diseases and other related health events to better protect the people, animals and economy of Ontario.
The Animal Health Act, 2009, was passed today by the Ontario legislature. When proclaimed, the act will provide important tools to help support government and industry partners, including:
- enabling the use of quarantine orders, surveillance zones and animal health control area orders to help control the spread of any detected disease or hazard
- supporting a future traceability framework for the quick identification and control of disease and food safety hazards.
The passage of the bill comes after consultation with industry partners and the public on an animal health strategy for the province, which began in 2006. In the new year, the ministry plans to establish an ad hoc committee with representative industry partners, to guide development of initial regulations that will come under the bill.
- Ontario is home to Canada's most diverse livestock and poultry industries, with the largest poultry industry, second-largest swine and dairy industries and third-largest beef industry.
“This important legislation establishes a framework that will protect our animals and make our agri-food sector more competitive. I look forward to working with industry partners as we develop regulations under the act that will further enhance our ability to protect Ontario's livestock and poultry.”
“The Animal Health Act provides us with new tools to help keep Ontario's livestock and poultry healthy, and to quickly address any potential risks to their health. This legislation is an important step in strengthening Ontario's animal health system.”
Dr. Deb Stark
“The Ontario Livestock and Poultry Council members are very pleased that Bill 204 has passed Third Reading and will soon come into effect as the provincial Animal Health Act. This act is an essential component to enable industry and government to work together on animal health as it relates to biosecurity and emergency preparedness initiatives. We have advocated for the development of animal health legislation for a number of years and we commend the Ontario government on passing this Bill today.”