In November 2015, Ontario Pork and the Ontario Pork Industry Council (OPIC) decided Ontario needed to form a committee to coordinate and align swine health management efforts into a long-term, proactive response strategy. Swine Health Ontario (SHO) and it's Leadership Team were subsequently launched as an industry-wide steering committee 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, SHO’s activities are visible and industry-led, with a producer focus and a continuous improvement philosophy.
The committee is comprised of 8 voting positions (2 Ontario Pork representatives, 2 OPIC representatives and up to 4 industry representatives), supported by ex-officio representatives from OMAFRA, Ontario Pork and OPIC, as well as the SHO Manager and OPIC Managing Director. SHO also engages a wider body of industry experts via the Science and Technology Committee.