History of the Program

Canadian Livestock Transport (CLT) Certification Program 

CLT was an industry driven initiative in response to the ever-increasing focus on transport.

The program was originally developed on behalf of the Alberta livestock industry, through the Alberta Farm Animal Care Association in 2007. All segments of the Canadian livestock and poultry sectors (including producers, transporters, processors, provincial and federal regulatory advisors, researchers and other industry professionals) contributed to its development. The industry working group was led by Tim O’Byrne.

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. 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.

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 2018 making it more accessible than ever to transporters who want to demonstrate proficiency and improved skills.

A new era for CLT began in 2020 when the program was moved to the National Farmed Animal Health and Welfare Council. Under the Council the training was updated from four courses to two (1) livestock (cattle, sheep, pigs, horses, bison and elk) and (2) poultry and a new online system was launched in August 2020.

As well, we are grateful for the support of Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada funding over the years.