What's New?

If you have any questions, ideas or additions for the Scrapie program up to now or for the coming future please contact the Scrapie program co—ordinator. The Scrapie committee meets annually or upon any specific requests.

January 2011 Scrapie Canada Update

Scrapie surveillance benefits sheep and goat producers

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) encourages sheep and goat producers to continue to do their part to eliminate scrapie from Canada by participating in the scrapie surveillance program.

"Scrapie surveillance is a shared responsibility, with both private and public benefits," says Dr. Brian Evans, Chief Veterinary Officer and Chief Food Safety Officer for Canada. “Sheep and goat producers, veterinarians and governments all play an important role in our collective efforts to eliminate scrapie from Canada.”

Scrapie is a fatal disease that affects the central nervous system of sheep and goats. In order to remain competitive and maintain market access for sheep, goats and related products, it is in Canada’s best interest to eradicate the disease.

The goal of the scrapie surveillance program is to identify infected animals, so that proper steps can be taken to eliminate scrapie from Canada.

The CFIA would like to test any mature animals (aged 12 months and older) that die on the farm or exhibit the following symptoms:

  • unexplained weight loss
  • problems standing or walking
  • changes in behaviour

To make arrangements to have a sample taken for testing, producers can call the nearest CFIA office or call the CFIA’s toll-free number at 1-800-442-2342. A complete list of CFIA offices is available online at www.inspection.gc.ca or in the government directory of the phone book.

The CFIA covers the costs of testing samples under the scrapie surveillance program. Sheep and goat producers may also be eligible to receive compensation for any live animals ordered destroyed by the CFIA as a result of a scrapie diagnosis.

In addition to farms, the CFIA is also collecting samples at auction markets, animal health laboratories, deadstock facilities, and slaughter facilities.

For more information on scrapie surveillance, call the CFIA at 1-800-442-2342 or visit www.inspection.gc.ca

Two Sheep

Scrapie Information & Facts



59 Camelot Drive
Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0Y9
PHONE: (613) 225-2342 / 1-800-442-2342
Fax: (613) 228-6601



1081 Main St, PO Box 6088
Moncton, New Brunswick, E1C 8R2
PHONE: (506) 851-7400
Fax: Fax: (506) 851-2689



174 Stone Rd W
Guelph, Ontario, N1G 4S9
PHONE: (519) 837-9400
Fax: (519) 837-9766



Room 746-C - 2001 University St,
Montreal, Quebec, H3A 3N2
PHONE: (514) 283-8888
Fax: (514) 283-3143



Room 654 - 220 4th Ave SE
Calgary, Alberta, T2G 4X3
PHONE: (403) 292-4301
Fax: (403) 292-5707

Project Partners