ASF Executive Management Board
The African swine fever Executive Management Board (ASF EMB) will bring together federal, provincial, and territorial (FPT) governments and industry representatives to provide guidance and prioritize activities across FPT governments and industry to address the risk of ASF introduction and establishment in Canada. All collaborators on the ASF EMB will work to inform government and industry about pan Canadian actions required to implement the ASF Framework for Action, and will support the delivery of solutions that enhance ASF prevention and response planning and preparedness.
The ASF Executive Management Board (EMB) includes membership from the Canadian Pork Council (CPC), CFIA, Agriculture and Agri-food Canada (AAFC), Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), Canadian Meat Council (CMC) and the Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec provincial governments. The EMB has been working together on the Pan-Canadian ASF Action Plan. The Plan includes priority activities organized under four framework pillars: Enhanced biosecurity and prevention (lead by CPC), preparedness planning (lead by CFIA), ensure business continuity (lead by CMC) and coordinated risk communications (lead by The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)).
The ASF EMB is funded partially through the Animal Health Emergency Management (AHEM) project and receives direct funding from the CFIA through the Federal Assistance Program, and jointly from the Canadian Pork Council and the Canadian Meat Council. (Please note that AHEM is funded through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership).
The ASF EMB’s mandate is to
- Inform and make recommendations to government and industry leaders on ASF planning and preparedness progress and further actions required to deliver on the ASF Framework for Action;
- Provide science-based strategic and policy advice and recommendations, and support the delivery of solutions on animal health and welfare matters to the working level ASF groups which consist of members from Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), provinces/territories, industry and non-government stakeholders (NGS);
- Prioritize animal health-related activities to prevent and respond to the risk of an ASF incursion into Canada;
- Facilitate the implementation of solutions by leveraging the efforts of FPT governments, industry, academia and, as needed, other stakeholders or organizations;
- Work with existing bodies wherever it is feasible and efficient;
- Facilitate and/or enable collaboration across government departments, industry, academia and other stakeholders;
- Make recommendations to the Animal Health Canada Champions Group as needed.
Core activities of the ASF EMB include:
- Motivation of industry and government collaborators to deliver on activities required to implement the ASF Pan-Canadian Framework for Action
- Integration and harmonization of ASF planning and preparedness activities with the U.S.A. and Mexico
- Leadership of the 4 pillars of the ASF Pan-Canadian Framework for Action:
- Enhanced Biosecurity-Prevention
- Preparedness Planning
- Ensure Business Continuity
- Coordinated Risk Communications
- Coordinate the collaborative development and testing of a pan Canadian ASF Response Plan
- Establish a long-term plan for the oversight, updating, maintenance, and testing of the ASF Pan-Canadian Response Plan and the ASF Pan-Canadian Framework for Action