Mitchell: Biosecurity, food safety programs to help Ontario farmers

Ontario’s agri-food sector is getting additional support to improve biosecurity on poultry farms and to boost food safety and traceability through the development of educational and training programs.


The Farm Biosecurity pro­gram will provide funding to individual poultry producers to help them implement or im­prove biosecurity measures that are based on the National Avian On-Farm Biosecurity Standard. Strong biosecurity helps reduce the risk of disease, pests and pathogens.

In addition, the Food Safety and Traceability Education pro­gram will help organizations to develop and deliver educational and outreach programs to promote best practices to Ontario producers and processors.

Both programs are part of the Best Practices Suite of programs under Growing For­ward, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative.

“These programs give producers and processors the tools they need to produce safe healthy food,” said Carol Mitchell, Minister of Agri­cul­ture, Food and Rural Affairs.  They are part of our ongoing investments to encourage innovation, competitiveness and sustainability on Ontario farms and throughout the entire agri-food sector.”

Canada and Ontario will fund these programs through Growing Forward, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative to support the development of a profitable, innovative agriculture sector that is adept at managing risk and responsive to market demands.

The Farm Biosecurity program is part of a $9.3-million spending plan in biosecurity under Growing Forward.

In Ontario, Growing For­ward supports best practices in four key areas: environment and climate change; food safety and traceability; business development; and biosecurity.