About Us

The CAHSS is an initiative of the National Farmed Animal Health and Welfare Council (NFAHWC), with broad based collaborative support of industry and governments. It has been designed to fill the need for strengthened animal health surveillance in Canada, as identified in the NFAHWC's report, "Surveillance in a Time of Transition in Farmed Animal Health".

Who are we? Our Philosophy

CAHSS is a network of animal health surveillance networks, with no control from government or any one group. Individual network groups are self-organizing and self-governing; linked through CAHSS by shared purpose and principles.

Core Principles

Purpose of CAHSS
A shared national vision leading to effective, responsive, integrated animal health surveillance in Canada

Principles of Practice:
• Support the protection of animal health, public health, and economic prosperity
• Consider the balance between scientific rigour and the practicality of the real world
• Encourage openness, collaboration and innovation
• Resolve conflict compassionately, productively, cooperatively and respectfully
• Freely and fully exchange information relevant to the Purpose while respecting confidentiality
• Provide clarity in communications by providing relevant background and contextual information

Principles of Organization
• Individuals or groups subscribing to the Purpose and Principles are eligible for Owning Membership and participation
• Groups can self-organize around activities consistent with the Purpose and Principles; innovation and flexibility are encouraged
• Methods used for deliberations and decisions reasonably represent all relevant and affected parties
• Participating network members retain full authority to independently manage and implement their own roles, resources and priorities
• Members agree to consult with other network members to find efficiencies and avoid unintended impacts on others

How can I be involved?
Actively participating members of the network are being solicited. To participate, members and groups must sign a declaration that they agree to the purpose and principles of CAHSS.

Individuals or groups retain control of their surveillance activities, but benefit from the experience and expertise of other members.

The cost is the time volunteered by the member.

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To accomplish together, what cannot be done alone  

Today, industry, provincial, regional and national groups participate in many independent animal health and disease surveillance activities. CAHSS brings together stakeholders from all sectors, in animal and public health, to share information and address gaps associated with the multiple surveillance activities currently planned or underway.

Activities can involve ongoing partnerships among stakeholders to:
• exchange information and intelligence
• set shared priorities
• leverage resources, and
• address needs for animal health surveillance in Canada

The central role of CAHSS is to:
• encourage and support the network groups with expertise and experience where possible
• foster open communications within and across the systems and networks
• and serve as a source of information with a website of catalogued resources, results and other surveillance infrastructure
• facilitate the development of social networks to share health intelligence with the appropriate stakeholders
• help to develop the ability to quickly activate coordinated surveillance network in response to animal health emergencies

The desired outcomes of CAHSS are to:
• strengthen animal health surveillance
• ensure the strategic use of surveillance technology, and
• improve emergency response capacity

Long term value:

Improved animal health outcomes and costs, better response to emerging diseases, consumer and public health confidence in animal agriculture, and improved market access.

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CAHSS is governed by two groups the Champions Group and the Directors Group. These groups include representatives from industry, veterinary associations, academia, provincial governments, and the federal government.

CAHSS Champions ensure animal health surveillance is given an appropriate level of priority by providing national leadership and strategic direction, fostering innovation and supporting the work of the CAHSS Directors and surveillance networks.

CAHSS Directors provide leadership in developing, supporting and achieving the CAHSS activities and surveillance networks through oversight and governance, open collaboration and communications.

Network groups are self-governing and develop their own terms of reference within the guiding principles of CAHSS. 

Surveillance in Canada

A vast amount of animal health surveillance is currently underway in Canada for many purposes. Surveillance occurs in both wild and farmed animals to monitor trends in pathogen prevalence, and to provide evidence for freedom from disease at the farm, Provincial, Regional and National levels.

CAHSS seeks to connect the stakeholders in surveillance, to strengthen our collective knowledge, and enable rapid information sharing to minimize the consequences if a pathogen or disease is detected.

Surveillance Networks




Passive Surveillance of Laboratories





Public Health

National and Provincial Associations

Provincial Governments

Federal Provincial and Territorial Committees

Federal Government


Canadian Swine Health Intelligence Network

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The Canadian Swine Health Intelligence Network

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770-908-2209 A summary of the purpose and activities of the Canadian Swine Health Intelligence Network. Swine, pork, health, CSHIN, network
Canada West Swine Health Intelligence Network Summary 2016 English A summary of the purpose and activities of the Canada West Swine Health Intelligence Network Swine, pork, health, CWSHIN, network

Swine Network

Swine Network Group

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Poultry Network

Poultry Network Group


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Communications Working Group was formed in June 2015 with the initial priority of getting information about CAHSS out to potential partners, in various forms, for various venues. This included handout information and presentations that members could use at industry meetings to expand our membership. A draft communications plan was developed with the next priorities being a logo and branding, and a website for information sharing, with external partners and within internal working groups.

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CAHSS Administration

The CAHSS administration group provides administrative documents, members lists, signed declarations, progress reports, workplans, presentations and historical documents.


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6625336974 Presentation made at NFAHW Council Forum 2015, Ottawa. CAHSS, overview, Forum 2015
(703) 231-3065 English version of members declaration in PDF format Members Declaration, Public, PDF, English
5877256792 A list of CAHSS Champions in 2016 Champions, 2016, PDF, English
CAHSS Directors 2016 English PDF A list of CAHSS Directors in 2016 CAHSS, Directors, English, 2016, PDF

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