Preventing Introduction and Spread of Pests Through Isolation, Sanitation, and Controlling Work Flow

Stream: Other Business



Who should apply?

Custom applicators who have identified high-risk areas in their operation with regards to workflow, sanitation or the ability to isolate material, and have identified a project that could decrease the level of risk in these areas in a measurable or proven way by:

  • Establishing quarantine or isolation mechanisms or areas for high-risk materials
  • Retrofits or new additions to establish an effective transition from high-risk to low-risk areas
  • Substantial changes in facility flow management or production that mitigate risks from plant pests
  • Installation of cleaning or disinfection equipment

To apply you must

  • Have a site sketch showing:
    • Controlled and Restricted Access Zones (i.e., CAZ, RAZ)
    • Controlled Access Points (CAPs)
    • Flow of plants, equipment or people

Eligible activities and expenditures

  • Modifications or additions to existing structures to establish an anteroom or header house into high-risk areas such as propagation areas or susceptible crops
  • Proposed modifications or additions must clearly demonstrate separation of clean and dirty traffic flow through a CAP
  • Modifications or additions to existing structures to facilitate more efficient movement of plants and people to reduce biosecurity risks, for example:
  • Clearly defining zones (e.g., RAZ, high-risk area) and access points to these zones using signage, fencing, insect-proof barriers, grading or landscaping
  • Improving the efficiency of traffic flow to reduce contamination through establishing new or re-routing existing walkways, laneways, access routes and vehicle turning areas
  • Installing barriers that can be used during times of high risk if walkways, for example, cannot be re-routed (e.g., drop screens to protect sensitive crops or propagation material if culled or finished material has to pass through the area)
  • Establishing designated visitor parking just outside of a CAZ
  • Controlling access to operation and buildings through gates, fencing, signage, locks, barriers or security monitoring equipment
  • Construction of hard surface (e.g., concrete) pad or wash bay or facility for cleaning and disinfecting vehicles and equipment within the CAZ or at a CAP. Examples include:
  • Installation of sanitation, shower or washer facilities
  • at CAPs or anterooms to higher-risk areas must be part of a complete transition area for effective biosecurity
  • Replacing interior surfaces (e.g., walls, flooring, dividers) with non-porous washable materials such as concrete, puck board, or stainless steel
  • Installation of specialized cleaning and disinfection equipment (e.g., hot water pressure washer, permanent footbaths, equipment to sterilize pots or beds)
  • Plant hygiene or treatment equipment
  • Installing a treatment system for the purpose of disinfecting or removing pathogens, particulate, crop residue or contaminants from water
  • Construction of a new structure used only as a quarantine or isolation facility, or modification of an existing structure to be used only as a quarantine or isolation facility:
  • Must have separate air space, CAP and be easily cleaned and disinfected
  • Includes modification of existing structures to create segregation areas for distinct cohorts (e.g., new plant shipments) or between areas of high risk and low risk (e.g., propagation vs. production)

Ineligible activities and expenditures

  • Washers, dryers, furniture or equipment for transition area that are not directly related to biosecurity
  • Fencing or demarcation of parts of the operation that are not subject to biosecurity measures or protocols
  • Construction of new buildings, buildings not attached to existing production areas, or addition of an anteroom on a new production facility built since April 1, 2018
  • 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)
  • Modifications and repairs as part of routine maintenance (e.g., replacing old surfaces with the same material)
  • General clothing and equipment for use in the RAZ or CAPs (e.g., coveralls, boots, buckets and brushes)
  • Establishing a water source (e.g., drilling a well, accessing municipal water supply, irrigation pond)
  • Time to complete cleaning or disinfecting activities
  • New construction (except for establishing a quarantine facility, as detailed under eligible activities)
  • Modifications and repairs as part of routine maintenance (e.g., replacing old surfaces with the same material)
  • Modifications related to increasing production, including producing a crop not previously produced, health and safety requirements, or reasons not relevant to improving biosecurity
  • In-kind contributions
  • Ineligible activities and costs as detailed here

Available cost-share

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

Required documentation

  • Site sketch showing:
    • CAZ, RAZ and CAPs
    • Flow of plants, equipment or people

Merit assessment criteria

  • Degree of impact in aligning with national biosecurity standards and outcomes
  • Ability to measure and demonstrate efficacy outcomes of disinfection/isolation practices
  • Certified Crop Advisor support for the project design
  • Impact of project on the risk of pathogen or pest introduction and spread
  • Benefit to broader agriculture sector
  • Project is part of a complete, long-term biosecurity plan developed in conjunction with, and resulting from, an assessment or evaluation performed by a Certified Crop Advisor
  • Project demonstrates sustainability (e.g., the project will markedly reduce chemical pesticide use, reduce water use with regards to current sanitation methods, etc.)

Taking an innovative approach?

If you are taking an innovative approach to implementing your project in this Project Category — for example, by using innovative barrier materials or using an innovative technique for sanitization/disinfection — you may be eligible to receive cost-share funding of up to 50 per cent, to a maximum available cost-share per project of $71,428. See the Program Requirements for specific criteria and other details.


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Edit date: September 12, 2018

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