Biosecurity & Disease


Biosecurity is a program used to safeguard poultry from the introduction and spread of infectious agents. It is about keeping what is inside the barn in, and what is outside the barn out. Biosecurity is a multi-faceted health plan that includes isolation, traffic control (vectors and fomites), hygiene, mortality and manure management in addition to cleaning, disinfection and water sanitation.

Below you will find a variety of resources related to managing disease and good biosecurity practices, Avian Influenza and resources.

For Small Flock owners stay up to date with's learning hub for bird health, AI, biosecurity, information on upcoming webinars, resourses, videos and much more.

Good Biosecurity on Farms


Ontario Poultry Industry Biosecurity Practises On-Farm Cards

Biosecurity Instruction cards

 Through a project funded by the Agricultural Biosecurity Program, these resourse cards assist with the edcation of the poultry industry as it adheres to proper biosecurity practices, on farm, for vehicles and equipment and personnel.


Fact Sheets

We all know what good on-farm biosecurity programs are about:
  1. washing your hands
  2. wearing barn specific clothes
  3. keeping good records

But how good are we at preventing contamination by practicing biosecurity?

To assess the effectiveness of on-farm biosecurity practices GloGerm™ was used to simulate disease spread & contamination at the Arkell Poultry Research Station in Guelph Ontario. This allowed us to observe how well project volunteers were able to contain the “spread of disease”.

For more information on this project, click on the name of the fact sheets below you wish to see:

1) Bootwashing Factsheet
2) Handwashing Factsheet
3) Health and Safety Equipment
4) Quarantine/ Mortality Management Factsheet


AI Resources - Commercial Flocks

Information on CFIA Travel and Transport Permitting: 

For assistance with permits and movement control permissions in the Primary Control Zones call: email

Surveillance and diagnostic line for sick bird and high mortality concerns:Private Vet, or CFIA office 


Ministry of Health

Recommendations of Personal Protective Clothing and Equipment for Workers and Employers Working with or around Poultry or Wild Birds.

Agricultural Information Contact Centre

 The reporting survey link on OMAFRA webpage: E-Report a Food Safety Concern Survey (

Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) General Resources

This page is a one-stop shop for everything from best practices of biosecurity on your farm, contact information for permits, HPAI tracking dashboards and information about the Avian Influenza status.

To view previously hosted webinars with experts speaking about the HPAI situation, please feel free to check out our YouTube playlist here!

Download "Spring Migration Means your Birds are at Higher Risk of Avian Influenza" document from CFIA to keep the facts and contact information close. 


OMAFRA: Animal health update: Avian influenza

Click here for a general update on the HPAI situation as it relates to all poultry types.


Feather Board Command Centre (FBCC)

FBCC will host  meetings during an Ontario AI outbreak designed for farmers and industry who are in the zone(s) and industry personnel that conduct business within/through the zone(s). For more information, please contact the FBCC team directly via their website

Small flock stakeholders are also invited to register with their email to receive updates.


Preventing Avian Influenza with Dr. Jean Pierre Vaillancourt

  • Biosecurity Best Practises
  • Common biosecurity mistakes
  • Visuals showing the three-zone danish entry system

Access the PDF with visuals and the podcast here.

CFIA Avian Influenza Control Zones Map: Ontario 


CFIA HPAI Fact Sheet

CFIA HPAI Factsheet

Distribution of HPAI in North America 2021/22

HPAI North America


HPAI Factsheet

Deadstock Disposal

Deadstock disposal

HPAI Deadstock - OMAFRA Info Sheet

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Live Bird Migration Maps

Live Bird Migration Map

High Pathogenicity AI in Wildlife


cfia map

Deterring Migratory Birds

Deterring Migratory Birds

Preventing & Managing Conflicts with Birds

Preventing and Managing Conflicts

OMAFRA Prevent Conflicts with Wildlife

Prevent Conflicts

Wild Birds - Stop the Spread

Stop the Spread


Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative


Reporting for wild birds found sick or deceased:

Phone: 1-866-673-4781 

Find a Vet

The College of Veterinarians of Ontario

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 Your Mental Health Matters! 

The Ontario Federation of Agriculture has spearheaded an initiative to help connect producers with the resources they need to stay ahead of a mental health crisis.

Avian Influenza in Cats

Poultry Fecal Chart - Alltech

Download a pdf copy HERE

Increasing Deadstock Capacity Initiative

Purpose of the Initiative

The purpose of the Increasing Deadstock Capacity Initiative (the Initiative) is to provide cost-share funding support for deadstock management to address immediate and short-term deadstock capacity needs at businesses and municipalities in Ontario through increasing capacity and improving sustainability.

The $1.5 million Initiative, funded by the Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership (Sustainable CAP), will run for two years subject to the availability of funding allocated to the Initiative.

Sustainable CAP is a five-year (2023-2028), $3.5-billion investment by federal?provincial and territorial governments to strengthen competitiveness, innovation, and resiliency of the agriculture, agri?food and agri?based products sector. The Agricultural Adaptation Council (AAC) is delivering the Initiative on behalf of the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.....  Read more. 


Get Agriculture, Food and Rural Information with OMAFRA 

Responding to farm, agri-business and rural business inquiries.

With experience and backgrounds in agriculture and agri-business, the centre's agents are available to answer questions, provide information to help you make decisions, and if needed, put you in touch with one of our experts.

Reporting Non-Compliance of Regulatory Actions  

If you need to report any actions that are in non-compliance with regulations of rearing livestock you may report that information through the contact information below.