CAP: Animal Health: Applied Research, Pilot Projects and Demonstrations

Purpose of Project Category:

Projects will focus on supporting risk reduction efforts and/or advancing improvements within three key areas: Emergency Management, Animal Health and Animal Welfare.

Target Audience – Who should apply?

Producer-level groups and associations, and collaborations of partners through the value chain, including, for example, commingling yards and feed mills active in advancing animal health and supporting risk reduction efforts

Eligible Projects

  • Validation studies/proof of concept
  • Implementation and testing activities – including testing of new technologies and/or enhanced efficiencies of processes, practices or systems in support of health and biosecurity surveillance, and emergency management systems; new technologies or equipment to facilitate humane handling and care of animals 
  • Applied research projects
  • Pilot projects and demonstrations
  • Development of an auditable animal welfare assurance program where no national commodity or code of practice exists
  • Development of animal welfare best practices or industry standards
  • Evaluation of animal welfare best practices or industry standards
  • Disseminating best practices, outcomes and learning derived directly from the applied research projects, pilot projects, validation studies or demonstrations

Examples of Projects

Emergency Management

  • Projects that test or enhance emergency management systems in multiple sectors or commodities based on an established Emergency Management Plan using the Incident Command System
  • Projects that improve the ability and capacity to prepare for, prevent, detect and respond effectively to infectious animal disease, that can impact the broader sector or society at large (e.g. data gathering through surveillance initiatives, applied research projects to investigate solutions to specific projects, or pilots to test)
  • Surveillance projects to gather data from which to benchmark
  • Projects to address improved connectivity of surveillance data for enhance emergency management
  • Projects to expand access to mobile chamber for mass euthanasia to enhance emergency preparedness and response

Animal Health

  • Demonstrations of improved antimicrobial stewardship
  • Projects that enhance or support the implementation of national biosecurity standards through applied research, pilot projects and demonstrations
  • Projects that support animal health, or related public health, pathogen management, biosecurity surveillance systems, and that demonstrate benefit to the sector or society at large 

Animal Welfare

  • Implementation of nationally developed animal welfare assurance program, or where no national animal commodity or Code of Practice for the Care and Handling for Farmed Animals (Codes of Practice) exists, the development of an auditable animal welfare program
  • Demonstrate market benefits, risk mitigation or enhanced assurance systems as a direct results of project implementation
  • New technologies or equipment to facilitate humane handling and care of farmed animals
  • Implementation of transportation, handling and housing changes to meet market animal welfare standards or requirements
  • Pilot modification and implement changes to operations to improvement Codes of Practice for the care and handling of farm animals

Project Category Priorities

Projects that address/support:

  • Responsible antimicrobial usage (AMU)
  • Disease and pathogen surveillance, and biosecurity best management practices
  • Early life health (morbidity and mortality)
  • National Codes of Practice requirement (e.g. housing systems) and/or welfare best management practices
  • Areas of high risk (e.g. commingling facilities such as assembly yards and sales barns)
  • Sheep, goat, veal, and alternative livestock (farmed cervids, fox, rabbit and mink)
  • A gap/need in the sector, where training program/materials do not currently exist (e.g. projects that advance animal welfare programs in commodities not being addressed through existing national programs or funding processes)

Projects that provide:

  • Impact and benefit beyond their specific commodity/sector
  • Co-benefits with other Protection and Assurance Partnership Priority Areas – Food Safety and Plant Health
  • Co-benefits with other Partnership Priority Areas – Economic Development and Environmental Stewardship

Projects that have:

  • A clear rationale/impact of the project and
  • A demonstrated knowledge translation and transfer plan

Funding Available

  • Up to 50 per cent cost-share funding of total eligible costs
  • Requests for funding above 50 per cent must clearly demonstrate how project addresses the Innovation Rating Criteria and Project Category Priorities Criteria in order to be considered for up to 75 per cent funding of total eligible costs

Project Length

  • Projects approved from December 2018 onwards, to finish by December 1, 2020
  • Where strong rationale is provided, to support critical components of projects approved from December 2018 onwards, project end dates may be extended to December 1, 2021 and final claims, final reports and project results surveys must be submitted to AAC no later than January 3, 2022

Eligible Costs

  • Costs directly related to the activities noted below that are also consistent with Section F
  • Requests for higher capital costs reimbursement will be considered on a case-by-case basis

Eligible Activities

  • Activities that are consistent with the eligible projects and examples listed in the Project Category Priorities
  • Activities that are consistent with Section H

Ineligible Costs

  • See a list of general ineligible costs in Section G
  • Costs for services provided to companies not located in Canada/where majority of benefit of services is provided to a business located outside of Ontario

Ineligible Activities

See a list of general ineligible activities in Section H