Health of Animals Regulations Part XII: Transportation of Animals-Regulatory Amendment – Interpretive Guidance for Regulated Parties
5.0 Contingency Plans

5.1 Regulatory Authority

Health of Animals Regulations: Section 139 (1)-(2)

5.2 Required Outcomes

Each person involved directly or indirectly in and responsible for the transportation of animals, is required to have contingency plans for unforeseen transport events.

5.3 Guidance to Regulated Parties

A contingency plan is a pre-transport plan of action that anyone transporting animals must have.  It involves an alternate course of action to ensure the safety and welfare of the animal(s).  Many unanticipated events can occur when moving animals; both within and external to the conveyance.  Examples of such situations that can be reasonably foreseen include but are not limited to:

  • encountering a major road detour or closure,
  • an accident,
  • unexpected construction causing significant delays,
  • a vehicle breakdown,
  • inclement weather,
  • a sudden illness of the driver,
  • a long waiting time at the unloading station, or
  • a labour disruption.

A contingency plan may be written or verbal – but may be requested to be provided during an inspection. It does not have to be elaborate; however some parties may prefer to have a prepared list.  It may contain details such as the following list:

  • the dispatcher telephone number,
  • the contact information of a close-by garage at various points along the route that is open and available to quickly repair a vehicle that broke down while in transit,
  • an alternate route to the destination to avoid long stops if an accident results in road closure for an extended period of time,
  • descriptions on how to handle, unload, reload, transfer the animals from one conveyance to another in an emergency.
  • measures to be taken to protect animals from sudden and/or extreme weather changes en route, and to keep animals comfortable and ventilated during prolonged unloading delays at destination, including a planned route to keep the vehicle moving, shaded areas to park, access to water for sprinkling animals to keep them cool, etc.,
  • the name and contact information of:
    • the commercial carrier company (several phone numbers, mobile device numbers, email addresses, physical address),
    • an alternate fully trained and capable driver,
    • the owner/operator at the origin and destination,
    • several licensed veterinarians along the planned route,
    • the local animal authorities,
    • provincial authorities,
    • CFIA district office,
    • SPCAs,
    • towing company,
    • livestock sector associations,
    • the nearest suitable places along the way to diagnose, treat or humanely kill animals that become compromised or unfit during transport,
    • alternate destinations in case the intended destination cannot receive the animals.
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