FAQ

Where is the West Hawk Lake Zone site?

The Zone site is located 60 kilometres west of Kenora near the Manitoba boundary at a weigh station on the Trans-Canada Highway. It is near the latitudinal centre of Canada about 600 km (380 miles) north of Minneapolis.

Why is livestock zoning necessary?

Canada and its chief trading partner, the United States, exchange a high volume of animal and animal products, effectively integrating the North American livestock industry. In the event of a foreign animal disease incursion, this trade would be suspended until each country was satisfied that the disease has been contained or eradicated. Zoning is an internationally recognized tool for supplying that assurance.

Who must report to the Zone site?

Zone Canada expects that the reporting requirement will soon be made mandatory. At that point, any carrier of livestock passing the reporting site will be required to report to the site staff, and supply documentation regarding the livestock. Zone Canada is working with CFIA to develop an amendment to the current regulations to support mandatory reporting. Until that time, Canada’s commodity groups support volunteer reporting

When is the Zone site open?

The West Hawk Lake Zone site is open 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Thes site team is ready to assist at any hour.

What will happen to the information gathered?

All data and information gathered by Zone site staff and retained in the Canadian Livestock Tracking System will remain strictly confidential, and will only be accessed in the event of an animal health emergency, and only to manage the disease,  restore trade and livestock mobility.

Is there a fee associated with the process?

No.

Who is responsible for Zone Canada?

Zoning in Canada is led and supported by industry. Zone Canada is managed the Canadian Animal Health Coalition, a not-for-profit organization serving the livestock industry. The Federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food is responsible for overseeing the relevant regulations.