Defining Zones and Controlled Access Points


Stream: Processor



For projects focused on reducing biosecurity risks into, within, and out of high-risk areas of the operation, in a measurable or proven way.

Who should apply?

Abattoirs that wish to prevent the introduction and spread of disease throughout an operation through new construction, modifications to existing production areas and facilities, and implementing practices and procedures.

Preference is currently given to projects that support:

  • Provincially licensed abattoirs
  • Sheep, goat, veal, beef cattle and farmed cervids

To apply you must have

  • An operation-wide or commodity-specific risk assessment against national biosecurity standards
    • This may be completed by the applicant or by a qualified third party, such as a licensed veterinarian
    • Minimum requirements for an assessment and an assessment template can be found at ontariosoilcrop.org
  • Completed an operational biosecurity plan reviewed by a qualified third party, such as a licensed veterinarian
  • A site sketch for proposed structural modifications or new construction that meets regulatory requirements, if applicable

Eligible activities and expenditures

Operational improvements as preventive measures to reduce 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
  • 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
  • One-time labour costs specifically required for the project, such as contract salaries, benefits and specific per diem fees (excluding existing full- or part-time staff)
  • One-time costs for rental of facilities, processing equipment or machinery required specifically for the project

Ineligible activities and expenditures

  • Projects that support animals of non-agricultural significance
  • 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)
  • Establishing a water source (e.g., drilling a well, accessing municipal water supply, irrigation pond)
  • Time to complete cleaning or disinfecting activities
  • Professional services not directly related to the eligible activity
  • Ongoing routine activities, such as:
    • Sampling and testing costs to maintain or monitor health status
    • Diagnostic and treatment costs (e.g., medications, vaccinations, post-mortems)
  • Repeat services for the same operation or premise
  • Activities and expenditures as detailed here
  • Travel and meal costs

Available cost-share

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

Required documentation

  • Operational or commodity-specific risk assessment against national biosecurity standards
  • Operational biosecurity plan reviewed by a qualified third party, such as a licensed veterinarian
  • Site sketch for planned/proposed structural modifications or new construction that meets regulatory requirements, if applicable
  • Quote or proposal to support costs

Merit assessment criteria

  • Identified level of risk, with priority given to high- moderate risk operations or proposals 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 and farmed cervids. (This Project Category is applicable to all farmed animal species and the focus is subject to change.)
  • Priority is given to provincially licensed abattoirs
  • Size of operation, with priority given to operations with largest number of animals within commodities

Other useful information

You can support preventing the introduction and spread of diseases in several ways with cost-share funding. Be sure to review these project categories:

  • Defining Zones and Controlled Access Points
  • Establishing Cleaning and Disinfecting Practices
  • Establishing Isolation or Segregation Facilities
  • Preventing Access by Wildlife, Pests and Rodents
  • Health Management

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

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