Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Harper Government Supports National Livestock Traceability Database


Source: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Calgary, Alberta -- Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz today announced an investment of $7.5 million to the Canadian Agri Traceability Services to develop, implement and operate a national livestock traceability data service.

This national traceability database will collect, maintain and manage information in accordance with national standards, federal and provincial regulations, and the specific needs and requirements of industry. The project is divided into two phases. The first phase will look at the development and implementation of the traceability database. The second phase will involve seeing it into operation.

The database will reduce red tape and complement the work the Canadian Food Inspection Agency is doing through the Traceability National Information Portal, one of 90 department-specific reforms under the Government’s Red Tape Reduction Action Plan. Streamlining regulations and cutting red tape will help to spur innovation and productivity in agriculture, as well as increase Canadian competitiveness and free business to innovate, invest, grow and create jobs.

Quick facts

  • Traceability is the ability to follow an item or group of items–including animals, plants, food products and agricultural inputs such as feed, seed or ingredients–from one point in the supply chain to another.
  • Traceability systems are key elements in helping to protect the health of animals and the public and support food safety.
  • Canadian Agri-Traceability Services is a new not-for-profit corporation that brings together the combined experience of the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency (CCIA) and Agri-Traçabilité Québec (ATQ).
  • This investment is being made through Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s AgriMarketing Program, a five-year, up to $341-million initiative under Growing Forward 2.


“Our Government understands that traceability is a growing requirement for many markets around the world. Strengthening our traceability systems allows Canada’s livestock sector to continue to deliver the high-quality, safe and reliable products that consumers around the world have come to expect.”

- Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz

“By making this significant investment in the new traceability database, we are taking even more steps to protect the health and safety of our citizens. Through the Red Tape Reduction Action Plan, we will continue to uphold the public trust by safeguarding our food supply, all while freeing business from unnecessary, costly, and time-consuming red tape.”

- Treasury Board President Tony Clement

”Traceability plays a significant role not only in preventing and managing a disease outbreak but also in accessing markets globally. By combining the best from two separate traceability databases presently operated by CCIA and ATQ, the state of traceability in Canada will be improved while reducing the costs for industry and simplifying data reporting for producers.”

- Terry Kremeniuk, Chairman of the Board, Canadian Agri-Traceability Services

“The CCA welcomes the investment in Canada’s traceability system for livestock. This investment will help the Government of Canada deliver on its commitment to reducing red tape and in turn the costs of traceability, something livestock producers greatly appreciate.”

- Pat Hayes, co-chair of the CCA Animal Health and Care Committee and one of CCA’s directors on Canadian Cattle Identification Agency

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