Name of Horizontal Initiative: National Aquatic Animal Health Program (NAAHP)
Name of Lead Department(s): Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO)
Lead Department Program Activity: CFIA: Animal Health and Zoonotics Program and Internal Services DFO: Aquatic Animal Health
Start Date: April 1, 2005
End Date: Ongoing
Total Federal Funding Allocation (start to end date): $59.0M (2005-06 to 2009-10) and $10.4M ongoing
Description of the Horizontal Initiative (including funding agreement):
The NAAHP's goal is to protect Canada's aquatic animal resources and productivity by preventing the introduction and spread of aquatic animal diseases, and by maintaining the seafood industry's competitiveness in international markets. This is in line with the Government of Canada's priority to protect Canada's natural resources and economic stability. The Agency's priority in this area is a safe and sustainable animal aquatic resource base.
Shared Outcome(s): Sustainable Aquatic Resource Productivity and Internationally Competitive Aquatic Animal Resource Base Industry, which will allow trade to continue and expand.
The CFIA is the federal lead for delivery of the NAAHP in collaboration with DFO; respective federal roles and responsibilities are outlined in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The Animal Health Business Line and the Horizontal Steering Committee for Aquatic Animal Health are responsible for monitoring financial governance within the CFIA budget. At the Federal, Provincial and Territorial (FPT) level, the Canadian Council of Fisheries and Aquaculture Ministers (CCFAM) has oversight over the program through a working group with the CFIA. There is also an industry/Federal/Provincial/Territorial advisory committee, the Aquatic Animal Health Committee, which meets annually to guide the development of the program.
The implementation of the NAAHP continued. This included the implementation of the import controls for aquatic animals under the Health of Animals Regulations, which came into force on December 10, 2011. Prior to full enforcement of the Regulations, there is a one-year transition period supported by a Stream of Commerce Policy from December 2011 to December 2012. The development and implementation of surveillance initiatives also continued. Other program functions, such as certifying exports of aquatic animals, engaging in emergency disease response activities, developing risk assessments, and carrying out disease surveillance plans, were conducted.
Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)
Dr. Cornelius Kiley
Aquatic Animal Health Division
Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO)
Stephen J Stephen
Biotechnology and Aquatic Animal Health Science Branch