Education, Training, Assessment and Planning (Animal Health)


Stream: Other Business



For projects focused on first-time activities to improve animal health and welfare.

Who should apply?

Commingling facilities, including assembly yards, sales barns, auction markets, fairs and exhibitions, community pastures, trucking rest stations, transporters and veterinary clinics, that are planning first-time activities to receive education or training, or to complete operational assessments and plans, with a qualified third party.

To apply you must have

There are no additional qualifications necessary in order to apply for this Project Category

Eligible activities and expenditures

This Project Category is for first time activities:

  • Education and training from a third-party institution or consultant on topics related to the adoption of the national biosecurity standards, a commodity-specific risk management program, or animal welfare practices and procedures related to national Codes of Practice for the care and handling of farm animals
  • Operational assessments, conducted by a qualified third party such as a licensed veterinarian or certified animal welfare auditor, against:
    • National biosecurity standards, or practices and procedures
    • Commodity-specific risk management program
    • National Codes of Practice for the care and handling of farm animals
    • National commodity-specific farm animal care program
    • Market-driven animal welfare program (e.g., North American Meat Institute Audit)
  • Qualified third-party services to provide an initial operational plan (e.g., disease response plan, operation specific procedures, nutrient management plan or strategy)

Ineligible activities and expenditures

  • Projects that support animals of non-agricultural significance
  • Activities and expenditures as detailed here
  • In-kind contributions
  • Professional services not directly related to the eligible activity
  • Repeat services for the same operation or premise
  • Travel and meal costs

Available cost-share

50 per cent, up to a maximum of $5,000

Required documentation

  • Quote and/or proof of cost to support cost of education, training, planning or assessment activity Merit assessment criteria

Merit assessment criteria

  • Identified level of risk, with priority given to the high- moderate risk operations, or proposals that will have the greatest impact based on risk of introduction or spread of disease


What's Next?

Is this project for you? Find out if you meet the program requirements
Program Requirements


For more information on upcoming application intakes, visit omafra.gov.on.ca

Edit date: November 27, 2019

Need Help?

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