Emergency Livestock Response Plan for the Highway 11 Corridor
The Northern Ontario Farm Innovation Alliance (NOFIA) has partnered with Collège Boréal to improve emergency situations involving livestock through their new 2-year project “Emergency Livestock Response Plan for First Responders in Northern Ontario”, targeting 9 municipalities located along Highway 11 between Thunder Bay and North Bay.
Phase one of the project involved meeting with first responders, municipal planners, veterinarians and farmers in selected municipalities to conduct needs assessments and gather intel into resources available in each area. From these needs assessments, livestock emergency preparedness guides were created specific to each municipality, including specific contact information and resources available. A blank guide was also created for other municipalities across the north to fill in and use as a resource.
The guides are available below:
Phase two of the project will focus on the development of online training modules for first responders. These modules will be made available in June 2022.
This project was funded in part through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (the Partnership), a federal-provincial-territorial initiative. The Agricultural Adaptation Council assists in the delivery of the Partnership in Ontario. Industry funding assistance was provided by the Northern Producer Animal Health Network, an organization dedicated to enhancing animal health care in the north.