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.

Highly Pathongenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) General Resources

Check here regularly for updates on best practices for biosecurity on your farm, and more information about the Avian Influenza status.

Live AI Updates and Q&As

The Feather Board Command Centre is hosting daily updates for commercial producers at 12 noon EST. Contact them directly for login details.

Small Flock owners and stakeholders are encouraged to attend the PIC updates:

These updates will use the same link and will take place each Tuesday for the months of April & May starting at 6:30 p.m.  Register here: Small Flock Update Series Registration


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 informations below.

Agricultural Information Contact Centre

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

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. Connect via the phone number below.
Mental Wellness 

What you Need to Know about High Path Avian Influenza 


Prevention and Recognition for Avian Influenza


Tracking Avian influenza in Wildlife and Reservoirs

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 - OMFRA Info Sheet

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Live Bird Migration Maps

Live Bird Migration Map

Wild Birds - Stop the Spread

Stop the Spread

Deterring Migratory Birds

Deterring Migratory Birds

Find a Vet


National Avian Influenza - Wild Birds


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: 519-953-6658 8am - 6pm (EST), or email

Surveillance and diagnostic line for sick bird and high mortality concerns: 226-217-8022

Forms for quarantined producers who require permits for movements. 

Ministry of Health

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

March 29th Industry Update on HPAI in North America

AI Resources - Small Flock

This webiste will maintain the posting the latest recording from our HPAI Small Flock Updates. To view recordings of all previous sessions visit our Youtube Chanel 

May 10th Small Flock Update on HPAI in North America

Good Biosecurity on Farms

BioS Farm Cards

Ontario Poultry Industry Biosecurity

Practises On-Farm Cards

OMAFRA BioS Factsheet

OMAFRA Factsheet on Biosecurity for

Small Flock Owners


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


Additional resources about biosecurity and health equipment for managing spread of diseases can be found in our COVID-19 Resource Hub