How It Works

Zoning requires the cooperation of producers and the transportation industry. Senders and receivers are asked to report to the Zone database, held by the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency (CCIA). By creating an electronic Zone movement record, the details of the load can be accessed quickly if needed for a trace out. All transport vehicles carrying livestock between Manitoba and Ontario are expected to stop and report to the site at the West Hawk Lake, where those manifests that accompany the animals will be checked for accuracy.

Affected species include cattle (beef and dairy), swine, sheep, goats, equids (horses, donkeys, mules), bison, cervids, camelids (llamas, alpacas, vicuñas, camels), poultry (chickens, ducks, pigeons, geese) and entertainment animals (such as elephants and other circus or petting zoo animals). Companion animals (dogs, cats, pet birds) and laboratory animals (mice and rats) are not included.

The Process:

  • The sender creates a movement record on the Canadian Livestock Tracking System (CLTS).
  • The transporter reports to Zone site for verification of record. Documentation on each animal should accompany the shipment from the point of origin.
  • The receiver verified movement record on the CLTS.
  • The Zone site is not an inspection station, but a tracking centre. The entire process should only take a few minutes and no fees are charged. Zone staff may be required to confirm shipment details with haulers, shippers and receivers of animals, but the typical reporting process will be simple and brief. The information gathered is entered into a database. All information is verifiable and auditable, and remains confidential. It would only be accessed to help authorities respond to a foreign animal disease (FAD) outbreak or other animal health emergency.
  • Receivers of animals should confirm their load details by contacting the site once animals have been received and processed.
  • The reporting site can assist with the creation of zone movement records; information can be submitted to the CLTS on the shipper’s behalf.

The Zone is open 24 hours of a day, 365 days a year. In the event of a disease outbreak, the site will serve as a control point to prevent movement of potentially infected animals from control areas to disease-free zones. Vehicle sanitation procedures may be initiated as necessary.