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Defining Zones and Controlled Access Points

Stream: Producer

Code:

AHIM-PD-A

Who should apply?

Producers of all farmed animal species who wish to prevent the introduction and spread of disease on farm through new construction, modifications to existing production areas and facilities, and implementing practices and procedures.

Preference is currently given to projects that support sheep, goat, veal, beef cattle, farmed cervids, fox, rabbit and mink.

To apply you must have

  • An operational, farm-wide or commodity-specific risk assessment against national biosecurity standards that supports need for the project
    • This may be completed by the applicant or by a qualified third party, such as a licensed veterinarian
    • Minimum requirements for an assessment can be found at ontariosoilcrop.org
  • An applicable Biosecurity Workshop or equivalent (e.g., commodity-specific National On-Farm Food Safety Assurance or Animal Care Program, based off national standards)
  • A site sketch for all proposed structural modifications or new construction, if applicable

Eligible activities and expenditures

Operational improvements as preventive measures to reduce the risk of the introduction and spread of disease, including, but not limited to:

  • Retrofitting existing structures to establish an effective transition area (anteroom)
  • Clearly defining zones (e.g., Controlled Access Zone, Restricted Access Zone) and access points using signage, fencing, barriers, grading or landscaping
  • Improving efficiency of traffic flow to reduce contamination by establishing new or rerouting existing laneways, access routes and vehicle turning areas
  • Establishing designated visitor parking outside of a Controlled Access Zone
  • Controlling access to operation and buildings with gates, fencing, signage, locks, barriers and security monitoring equipment
  • Construction of new or modifications to existing structures to facilitate more efficient movement of animals and humans
  • In-kind labour and equipment costs of up to $2,000 in cost-share

Ineligible activities and expenditures

  • All ineligible activities and expenditures as detailed here
  • Fencing or demarcation of parts of the operation that are not subject to biosecurity measures or protocols
  • Washers, dryers, furniture or equipment for transition area that are not directly related to biosecurity
  • Modifications related to increasing production, health and safety requirements, or reasons not relevant to improving biosecurity
  • Ongoing consumables (e.g., disposable coveralls, boot covers, gloves, masks, disinfectant, soap, bait)
  • Purchase of sealed containers or bins to store bagged or loose feed securely, or modifications or repairs to existing feed or bedding storages
  • Modifications and repairs as part of routine maintenance (e.g., replacing old surfaces with the same material; replacing or repairing doors; repairs to roof, exterior walls or foundation; fencing)
  • General clothing and equipment for use in Restricted Access Zone or Controlled Access Point (e.g., coveralls, boots, buckets, brushes)
  • Professional services not directly related to the eligible activity
  • Repeat services for the same operation or premise

Available cost-share

35 per cent, up to a maximum of $25,000

Required documentation

  • Proof of completion of an applicable Biosecurity Workshop or equivalent (e.g., commodity-specific National On-Farm Food Safety Assurance or Animal Care Program, based off national standards)
  • Operational, farm-wide or commodity-specific risk assessment against national biosecurity standards
  • Site sketch for proposed modifications or new construction

Merit assessment criteria

  • Identified level of risk, with priority given to high-moderate risk operations or projects that will have greatest impact based on risk of introduction or spread of disease
  • Commodity-specific targeting, with a current focus on sheep, goat, veal, beef cattle, farmed cervids, fox, rabbit and mink. (This Project Category is applicable to all farmed animal species and the focus is subject to change.)
  • Size of operation, with priority given to operations with the largest number of animals within commodities

What's Next?

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Edit date: August 29, 2018

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Need Help?

For assistance with the Online Program Guide, please contact the Agricultural Information Contact Centre – Mon. to Fri., 8 am – 5 pm, 1-877-424-1300 or ag.info.omafra@ontario.ca