On Thursday, March 31, 2022, the CFIA established Primary Control Zones (PCZ), in the areas where highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) have been identified. The PCZ have been established in order to prevent the spread of HPAI. Avian influenza is not a threat to food safety but impacts domesticated and wild birds.

Effective April 9, 2022, this Animal Health Act, 2009 – Minister’s Orders temporarily prohibits events where birds commingle, such as bird shows, bird sales and swaps, portions of fairs where birds are exhibited, sport and educational displays where birds are brought from multiple locations, vaccination gatherings for birds from multiple locations, and prohibits the movement of birds to those events. This Order will expire on May 9, 2022, but may be extended if required. Permitting Requirements will help limit the spread of the virus in the province and protect flock health.

For more information on the Minister’s Order, please visit NEWSROOM and OMAFRA’s Avian Influenza webpage.

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