“Our farmers are world renowned for the quality and safety of their products and this investment will maintain and build on that strong reputation,” said Ritz. “This initiative allows Canada to once again prove to our international trading partners that we’re ready and able to get on top of any potential animal disease problems quickly and effectively.”
“West Hawk Lake is a vital point that links Western and Eastern Canada,” said Minister of Public Safety and Regional Minister for Manitoba, Vic Toews, who made the announcement with Minister Ritz. “Monitoring this access point will help us to ensure we’re able to keep Canadian livestock healthy and productive.”
The West Hawk Lake facility will shift from a successful pilot project to a 24/7 fully operational facility with the ability to track and control movement in case of an emergency where response time is critical. This project is considered a control point on the only major highway and railways connecting eastern and western Canada, near the Manitoba/Ontario border.
“The West Hawk Lake Zoning Initiative is another step towards national food traceability,” said Canadian Animal Health Coalition’s Executive Director, Mark Beaven. “It will improve Canada’s capacity to proactively address animal industry food safety and animal health issues.”