About the NFAHW Council

The Council was formed in 2010 as an outcome of the National Farmed Animal Health and Welfare Strategy (2009) and was established as an advisory body to the Federal, Provincial, and Territorial Regulatory Assistant Deputy Ministers of Agriculture Committee and other stakeholders. 

The Council has evolved into a unique not for profit organization which is funded jointly by federal, provincial and industry/non-government stakeholders.  The Council engages expertise to address important topics such as animal welfare, emerging diseases, animal health surveillance, antimicrobial use and resistance, and the emerging theme of “one welfare”.  The Council along with its divisions leads the initiation of projects to address animal health and welfare stakeholder needs in Canada.

Membership - Council Directors are elected by industry/non-government members based on skills and expertise that meet the qualifications required for a NFHAW Council Board Director.  The Government Advisory Committee consists of Federal and Provincial representatives nominated by government members from both animal health and welfare and public health sectors. 

Strategic Direction - In 2014, the NFAHW Strategy was renewed to provide strategic direction until 2020.  Farmed Animal Health and Welfare 2020 includes strategic outcomes and priorities. Stakeholders in Canada’s animal health and welfare system were engaged in achieving progress on the strategic outcomes and priorities to 2020.  The Council has now transitioned to supporting the advancement of The Plant and Animal Health Strategy for Canada which provides national vision to address and prevent evolving risks to plant and animal health in Canada.

Council Divisions

Council Projects:

Work areas – The Council engages expertise to address issues and advance progress in work areas such as animal welfareone welfareemerging issues, the Plant and Animal Health Strategyantimicrobial use and resistanceAnimal Health Canada and African Swine Fever.  All issues are considered in a One Health context.

Annual Forum - The annual Council Forum is a vibrant meeting place for stakeholders in Canada’s animal health and welfare system providing an opportunity for all stakeholders to participate in the work of Council. More importantly, the Forum also provides an opportunity for stakeholders to update participants on their organization’s activities which impact the areas for action and priorities  of the Plant and Animal Health Strategy.

Appreciation - The Council extends its appreciation for the commitment of Council members and supporters to enhancing Canada’s animal health and welfare system.  Through collaboration we will continue to advance animal health and welfare in Canada.