Plant and Animal Health Strategy

Plant and Animal Health Strategy

Developed in 2017, the Plant and Animal Health Strategy for Canada (PAHS) provided a national vision to address and prevent evolving risks to plant and animal health in Canada. More specifically, it was a partnership-based strategy that reflected the commitment between governments, industry, academia, and other partners to protect plant and animal health. Animal Health Canada (AHC) leads the coordination and reporting on Canada’s animal health progress as it pertains to the PAHS.  

Since 2020, the Animal Health Canada Initiative has been in development through work of the NFAHW Council and other partners. The name change of the association from Council to Animal Health Canada is one step in the process to move to a results-driven governance model for animal health and welfare in Canada.  AHC’s strategy will be informed by, and shaped with input from, the livestock production value chain and federal, provincial, and territorial partners based on the PAHS.

The objectives of the 2021 PAHS Reporting Project are to:

  • Develop a national animal health progress report that describes the activities, successes, and opportunities relating to the PAHS;
  • Capture stakeholder perspectives on the value and utility of the PAHS in guiding organizational planning, policies, and activities as it relates to animal health; and,
  • Facilitate conversations with Council members and stakeholders  in animal health and welfare, to facilitate strategic alignment in preparation for a new strategy under Animal Health Canada.

PAHS Five Year Report

The objectives of this report are to:

  1. Provide a high-level overview of animal-related PAHS progress-to-date, including organizations’ understanding and perceptions of the value and utility of the PAHS;
  2. Highlight organizational success stories and priorities (past and future);
  3. Outline gaps, opportunities, and next steps for the PAHS and AHC moving forward.

Read the full report here.

A total of seven themes were raised by stakeholders as priority areas and within the report case studies are used to highlight areas of significant progress forward.

  1. Emergency Preparedness and Response
  2. Surveillance and Disease Monitoring
  3. Biosecurity
  4. Quality Assurance Programs
  5. Animal Welfare and Codes of Practice
  6. One Health
  7. Antimicrobial Use, Resistance and Stewardship