CANADA - Canada has given a grant of $183,929 to the Canadian Animal Health Coalition (CAHC), to help ensure that livestock and poultry are transported in a safe and humane manner by certified transporters.
This support will allow CAHC to develop an on-line driver training and driver verification system, based on the existing Canadian Livestock Transport (CLT) Certification program.
The new training will simplify, standardise and provide an opportunity for truckers, shippers and receivers to more easily access the training necessary to improve handling practices.
Canada's high-quality livestock and poultry industries drive Ontario and Canada's economy, generating over C$54 billion in farmgate receipts, including C$12 billion in Ontario.
Since 2009, the Government of Canada has invested over C$5 million to update existing and develop new codes of practice, complete the on-farm animal care assessment model and promote Canada's approach to farm animal care.
This investment is being made through Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's AgriMarketing Program, which is a five-year, up to C$341 million initiative under the Growing Forward 2 policy framework.
The CAHC is a non-profit organisation serving Canada's farmed animal industry. The organisation is a partnership of cross-sectorial organisations, all recognising a shared responsibility for an effective animal health system.
Member of Parliament for Wellington-Halton Hills Michael Chong said: "Our Government is proud to support industry-led initiatives that help to ensure the welfare of farm animals in Canada.
“The transportation of farm animals is a regular part of everyday farming across the country and ensuring that it is done in a humane and safe way is a top priority."
Executive Director, Canadian Animal Health Coalition, Mark Beaven said: "The CAHC is very appreciative of this federal government support.
"Enabling the development of the Canadian Livestock Transport online platform will not only increase the number of CLT trained transporters but it will also allow the industry to develop and effectively deliver other educational programs as well."
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