Canadian Livestock Transport (CLT) Certification Program
CLT was an industry driven initiative in response to the ever increasing focus on transport. The original program (Certified Livestock Transport) was developed in 2007 by Alberta Farm Animal Care along with an industry working group lead by Tim O’Byrne and was intended as a provincial program.
Shortly after the launch of the program, word spread on the value of the training and soon all other provinces were offering CLT to haulers in their area. This created the need to begin development of a more national program versus a provincially focused one.
A complete revamping of the program began in 2008, with significant input from all industry stakeholders from across Canada.
In 2013, the new rebranded national program Canadian Livestock Transport Certification Program moved over to the Canadian Animal Health Coalition and officially launched the new training modules for Cattle and Sheep, Pigs, Horses and Poultry. Each trainee must attend a course delivered by a certified trainer and pass a competency test presented at the end of the training.
CLT has established itself as a credible program recognized by processing plants and industry groups in both Canada and the U.S. The program continues to evolve with online courses being launched in the Fall of 2014 making it more accessible than ever to transporters who want to demonstrate proficiency and improved skills.
Creation of this truly national livestock and poultry transport program has been made possible through funding from agriculture industry groups as well as Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program (CAAP). CAAP provides an industry-led innovative and cooperative approach to funding projects at the national, multi-regional and regional levels.