Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) has opened applications for projects that help organizations prepare for and prevent African swine fever (ASF) in Canada.
Up to $23 million will be available under the Government of Canada’s African Swine Fever Industry Preparedness Program (ASFIPP).
ASF is an economically significant disease, and a single case of ASF in Canada would result in the closure of Canada’s borders to pork exports, which accounts for 70 per cent of Canada’s pork industry.
The disease is spread through direct and indirect contact with infected pig, pork, and by-products. There have been no ASF cases in Canada but it has spread across Asia, Europe, and the Caribbean. ASF cannot be passed to humans and is not a risk to food safety.
This program is designed to support biosecurity assessments and improvements, wild pig management, the retrofit of existing abattoirs, sector analysis and ASF-related research projects.
Applications to ASFIPP are open now until November 30, 2023 for funding over the next two years.
More information can be found under agricultural programs and services on AAFC’s website.