Questions and Answers: A Plant and Animal Health Strategy for Canada

Discussions on the future of plant and animal health are now underway. The input of federal, provincial and territorial governments as well as industry partners and other stakeholders who have a role in plant and animal health is being sought to develop a Plant and Animal Health Strategy for Canada.

Why develop a Plant and Animal Health Strategy for Canada?

Protecting Canada's plant and animal resources depends on the ability of government, industry and others to anticipate and prepare for future challenges and opportunities facing Canada. With increasingly complex and continuously changing risks, a new approach is needed so that Canada can continue to safeguard plant and animal health. By working together, we can emphasize prevention instead of being reactive.

Some examples of the challenges that can put Canada's plant and animal resources at risk include:

  • Increased movement of people across our borders
  • Increasing trade, changing trade patterns and emerging markets
  • Global supply chains
  • Changing production methods and consolidation of producers
  • Changes in climate, which may increase the ranges of pests and diseases
  • Technological changes

Who is writing the Plant and Animal Health Strategy for Canada?

The Plant and Animal Health Strategy for Canada is being developed collaboratively by federal, provincial and territorial governments, industry and others who play a role in plant and animal health.

Who will develop the Plant and Animal Health Strategy for Canada?

Currently, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), working with federal, provincial and territorial governments, is seeking to engage industry partners and everyone who has a role in plant and animal health to develop the strategy collaboratively. Discussions are underway across Canada and the input gathered from all stakeholders will be used to build the strategy. Opportunities to further engage stakeholders in the development of the strategy are being explored.

How was the Plant and Animal Health Strategy for Canada developed?

In July 2014, federal, provincial, and territorial (FPT) ministers of agriculture requested of a comprehensive and collaborative approach to emergency management. In July 2016, the ministers endorsed the Emergency Management Framework for Agriculture in Canada and identified the need to develop of a national plant and animal health strategy. The ideas and feedback received during the consultation on the Emergency Management Framework also contributed to the development of the Strategy.

The strategy covers four major pillars building a system founded on prevention; collection, analysis and sharing of information; coordination through partnerships; and enabling desired behaviours.

Who was consulted on this strategy?

Early consultations were held in fall of 2016 and included a discussion document face-to-face meetings in all10 provinces, an online questionnaire and social media. The first phase of engagement culminated in the National Plant and Animal Health Planning Forum held in December 2016, which brought together 168 participants representing 95 organizations.

How can I have my say on the Plant and Animal Health Strategy for Canada?

A public consultation on the draft Strategy is now underway for the month of April 2017. We invite you to share your thoughts on the draft strategy by completing the online questionnaire, attending a webinar, leading a discussion within your organization or community or contacting us.

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