COVID-19 Updates & Resources
Last updated – Apr, 1, 2021
All of Ontario moves into next lockdown – Emergency brake on April 3.
Apr. 1, 2021
COVID-19 Update for Equestrians Q&A with CapriCMW Insurance – Jan 21, 2021
Ontario Supporting Horse Businesses Impacted by COVID-19. Investment will help keep animals safe and cover maintenance costs. Released by Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs – January 14, 2021
World Horse Welfare updates Coronavirus advice for horse owners – Jan. 5, 2021
Ontario Equestrian sent an email to their members regarding lockdown. Equine facilities are urged to review Framework sections – Sports and recreational fitness facilities & Boarding kennels and stables. Equine operations are urged to direct specific questions about your region and its limitations, to local public health officials for further guidance. Nov 24-2020
Worms and Germs Blog, Dr. Scott Weese, infectious disease control specialist at the University of Guelph:
Mini-podcasts on Covid-19 practices for veterinary clinics – Jan. 27, 2021
Yes, your pets can get COVID: Signs to watch for -July 30th 2020
Confronting COVID-19 Myths – facebook webinar replay – June 19, 2020
Dr Scott Weese COVID 19 SARS CoV 2 Updates and Moving Forward – (1hr video) – General info on Covid-19 transmission, species to species transmission risk, protecting yourself including what mask to use, ‘the new normal’ in reopening veterinary practices (at 37 min), farm visits, clinic visitors, testing pets? – May 27, 2020
Another Mask Issue: N95s with Exhalation Valves – May 14, 2020
Occupational Exposure Risks with Covid-19 – various recommendations for managing COVID-19 risks in veterinary practice – May 11, 2020
Looking towards expanding veterinary care during COVID-19: Ontario – May 6, 2020
What is considered urgent veterinary care? Ontario revised guidance document | Worms & Germs Blog – April, 18, 2020
Dr. Weese appeared on TVO’s The Agenda to talk about animal welfare during a pandemic (30 minute video) – April, 13, 2020
Dr. Weese appeared on DVM 360 to discuss how veterinary practices can help flatten the curve. April, 8, 2020
Coronaviruses Often Start in Animals — Here’s How Those Diseases Can Jump to Humans – April 2, 2020
Veterinary medicine, essential services and social distancing –posted Mar-24-2020
Latest Canadian statement on COVID-19 and animals posted Mar-23-2020
SARS-CoV-2 Environmental Survival posted March 18, 2020
Government & Health organizations:
Covid 19 in Canada – U of G researchers help develop online COVID-19 tracker.
The 5 Levels of Public Health Measures and what the colours mean
Ontario.ca – Nov, 2020
COVID-19 and Animals FAQ’s FOR VETERINARIANS – Updated: March, 2021
Paper by a working group consisting of Canadian public health and animal health experts, with representation from federal and provincial/territorial governments, the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association, and academia.
The Ontario Government has enacted a Declaration of Emergency to Protect the Public released May 17, 2020.
See the Ontario.ca website for most recent updates including:
Stage 3 reopening framework – July 17, 2020
Saturday, May 16, 2020 The Office of Ontario Premier officially released: Ontario businesses that board animals, such as stables, MAY ALLOW boarders to visit, care for or ride their animal.
*Boarding facilities have much to do to ensure they are following recently released guidelines and to make their stables as safe as possible before opening. Please be patient and check in with your stable before making any assumptions on whether you can visit.
Telehealth Ontario 1-866-797-0000.
GOVERNMENT OF CANADA WEBSITE: Canada.ca/coronavirus
Financial assistance, updates, health, safety, security, travel…
The Government of Canada’s COVID Alert app can let you know of possible exposures to the COVID-19 virus before any symptoms appear. By downloading the app, you can help protect yourself and our community.
Government of Canada Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) – Information for agricultural industry
Government Financial Assistance for Ontario Farmers Listed on Ontario Equestrian Website – April 5, 2020
Webinars for ON Coaches and Riding Facilities Apr 15, 16. Ontario Equestrian replays are available.
The Ontario government passed the Employment Standards Amendment Act – to provide job-protected leave to employees in isolation or quarantine due to COVID-19, or those who need to be away from work to care for children because of school or day care closures or to care for other relatives. Posted March 19, 2020 2:25 P.M.
CCOHS is offering a free 15-page guide to help you put a business continuity plan together.
Health and Safety Guidance for Agricultural Workers during COVID-19
by: Workplace Safety & Prevention Services | April 30, 2020
Ontario.ca/page/agriculture-and-food-jobs-ontario Job listings and resources for grocery retail, food processing, distribution, agriculture and agribusinesses. Agri-food sector is keeping our essential services functioning.
OFA – Ontario Federation of Agriculture – April 3, 2020
New financial assistance measures that may be relevant to Ontario farm businesses and other COVID-19 resources for farms
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) COVID prevention- public health guidance & links to key resources for the agriculture and agri-food sector.
Farmers to directly benefit from changes to Canada Emergency Business Account – May 19, 2020
Canadian Animal Health Institute (CAHI) Covid-19 Guidance document– Interactions between animal health industry representatives and the Canadian customer base in the field- June 12, 2020
Cleaning Porous and Non-porous Surfaces – The Centre for Disease Control
Hard-surface disinfectants and hand sanitizers: List of disinfectants with evidence for use against COVID-19 – Canada.ca
COVID-19 Resources for Researchers
Two national COVID-19 research resources that are particularly useful to identify partners, reagents, etc.:
1) federally-sponsored CanCOVID resource.
2) national “grass roots” COVID-19 Resources Canada
Useful articles for horse industry members during the COVID-19 pandemic:
Ontario Equestrian Covid-19 Statement & Resources:
FOR THE HERD – Emergency fund raiser for school horses
Coaches Financial Aid webinar
Facility Owner Financial Aid webinar
Ontario Equestrian GUIDE TO REOPENING EQUINE BUSINESS – May 11, 2020
Equestrian Canada COVID-19 Resources Including Financial Resources, Travel Advisories, information for Canadian facilities, event cancellations weekly reports of Equestrian Canada’s Covid Response…
Call or write your Member of Parliament and tell them you support Equestrian Canada’s appeal for emergency funding.
Support and resources for equine farms and equestrian facilities – Mar, 24.
Recording: Equestrian Canada National Equine Disease & Welfare Surveillance Call March 25, 2020
Equestrian Canada announces return to business operations framework for equine facilities – May, 4, 2020
Equestrian Canada announces Return to Competition Guidelines for the Sport Horse Following a Break in Training Due to COVID-19 – May 21, 2020
FEI Coronavirus (Covid-19) Advisory – International Equestrian Federation Coronavirus (Covid-19) advisories and FAQs
FEI Return to Play Policy for Enhanced Competition Safety during the Covid-19 Pandemic (effective for all FEI Events held as of 1 July 2020)
Feeding Horses During Reduced Work – TheHorse.com – Mar 23, 2020
Ontario Racing Task Force Notice to the Industry: Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan -March 23, 2020
AGCO Horse Racing Blog – return to racing notices – updated regularly
How long can the virus that causes COVID-19 live on surfaces? Johns Hopkins University Mar. 20, 2020
Online Wellness Resources to Help you Thrive in Uncertain Times – March 18th, 2020
Isolation Preparedness Checklist – University of Guelph
Are your horses ready for you to be quarantined? – TheHorse.com
Horse Owner Help During COVID-19 – TheHorse.com
Including article – Don’t take your horses dewormer!
& COVID-19 Resources for Equestrian Facilities in California
*Resources from USA- check local sources for local distancing regulations.
Equine Disease Communication Centre Includes handy barn infographic
*Resources from USA- check local sources for local distancing regulations.
American Association of Equine Practitioners AAEP
*Resource from USA- check local sources for local distancing regulations.
COVID-19 Advice from the AAEP Infectious Disease Committee
Advice for veterinarians and their clients
COVID-19 pandemic – Large Animal Emergency Rescue expert Dr. Rebecca Gimenez Husted, shares 6 things you can do to help – MARCH 18, 2020. *Resource from Austrailia- check local sources for local distancing regulations.
Self-employed, contract workers seek EI in wake of COVID-19 layoffs – CBC- Mar, 18, 2020