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Animal Care Assessment Framework

Implementing Codes of Practice: Canada’s Framework for Developing Animal Care Assessment Programs

The Codes of Practice are vital, but alone are not enough – a mechanism is needed to demonstrate that Codes are being followed in order to build confidence throughout the value chain.

The Animal Care Assessment Framework provides a credible process to follow when developing an animal care assessment program.

Key goals

  •   Enhance the transparency, legitimacy and credibility of assessment programs developed according to the framework
  •   Ensure consistency of communications along the value chain
  •   Further develop Canada’s own cooperative approach to farm animal care, an approach that can be communicated nationally and internationally, and that builds upon existing initiatives
  •   Assist commodity groups in developing or revising an animal care program by providing an informed framework and useful resources

The framework should also ensure that animal care assessment programs provide benefits to both farmers and the animals under their care.

“The value in this approach to retailers and foodservice companies is that it
a credible, multi-stakeholder process that confers credibility on
commodity groups using it.”

– David Smith, former VP of Sustainability, Sobeys Inc.


Project Timeline



NFACC initiates discussions on the value of an Animal Care Assessment Model (ACAM)



NFACC partners agree to proceed with the development of an ACAM



Initial draft ACAM developed



Steering committee organized to finalize ACAM
First ACAM stakeholders workshop
Dairy Farmers of Canada test pilot the draft ACAM with the development of their animal care assessment program



Draft dairy animal care assessment program developed 



On-farm pilot of dairy animal care assessment program



ACAM renamed to Animal Care Assessment Framework
Second stakeholders workshop



Animal Care Assessment Framework is finalized

Steering Committee

The committee provides guidance and support in revising and finalizing the framework. Committee members:

  •   Thérèse Beaulieu, Dairy Farmers of Canada
  •   Sherry Casey, Loblaw Companies Limited
  •   Jorge Correa, Canadian Meat Council
  •   Anne Marie de Passillé, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  •   Jennifer Gardner, Chicken Farmers of Canada
  •   Pierre Lampron, Dairy Farmers of Canada (as of October 2012)
  •   Penny Lawlis, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
  •   Ryder Lee, Canadian Cattlemen’s Association
  •   David Murray, Dairy Farmers of Canada (as of October 2012)
  •   Ed Pajor, University of Calgary
  •   Catherine Scovil, Canadian Pork Council
  •   Geoff Urton, BC SPCA / Canadian Federation of Humane Societies
  •   Tina Widowski, University of Guelph
  •   Jennifer Woods, J. Woods Livestock Services

Past members

  •   David Smith, Sobeys Inc. (2011-2013)
  •   Pauline Duivenvoorden, Dairy Farmers of Canada (2011-2012)
  •   Bruno Letendre, Dairy Farmers of Canada (2011-2012)

The Animal Care Assessment Framework is being supported by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Agricultural Flexibility Fund, as part of Canada’s Economic Action Plan.

National Farm Animal Care Report 2013 - Workshop on Canada's Animal Care Assessment Framework & Future Strategies

CFHS: Codes of practice and the National Farm Animal Care Council

Provincial and Territorial Legislation Concerning Farm Animal Welfare