About Us

A new leadership team has been formed in Ontario to coordinate and align swine health management efforts into a long-term, proactive response strategy. Swine Health Ontario (SHO) is an industry-wide steering committee of seven individuals that are collaborating to improve and better coordinate the industry’s ability to prevent, prepare for and respond to serious swine health threats in Ontario. With an emphasis on Ontario priorities first, Swine Health Ontario’s activities will be visible and industry-led, with a producer focus and a continuous improvement philosophy. The founding members of Swine Health Ontario are Ontario Pork and Ontario Pork Industry Council (OPIC).

Priorities and Outcomes

Prevent Significant Swine Health Threats
Assessing disease transmission risks and developing strategies to address and reduce the impact of these risks on the Ontario swine industry.
Sustainable Swine Health Surveillance System
Working with Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), Animal Health Lab (AHL), University of Guelph, Ontario Animal Health Network (OAHN), OSHAB and others to develop a sustainable and unified Ontario swine surveillance plan for early disease detection.
Incident Command Centre
Implementing an industry-led, coordinated and rapid swine disease response system with frequent and effective communications for producers and stakeholders.
Minimize Disease Impacts
Developing a Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED) elimination strategy for Ontario that will serve as a response model for future swine industry disease incidents.
Policy & Program Development to Improve Swine Health
Building a sustainability plan for SHO and collaborating with Ontario Pork on swine health research priorities.

Strategic Plan (download)

Swine Health Ontario Strategic Plan

Our Mission

A New Approach
Ontario’s swine industry has a new leadership team to coordinate and align swine health management.

Develop and implement a long-term, sustainable, coordinated, pro-active swine health strategy.

The Ontario industry will have a global competitive advantage in swine health.