Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan invest $18 million for diagnostic services for animals

News release

June 14, 2023 – Regina, Saskatchewan – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Today, the Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan announced $18 million to support Prairie Diagnostic Services in Saskatchewan over the next 5 years under the Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership (Sustainable CAP). This investment supports the organization and the work they provide in disease diagnosis, surveillance, research and supporting animal health and welfare.

Prairie Diagnostic Services is a veterinary diagnostic laboratory located in Saskatchewan. It is a not-for-profit organization that provides comprehensive diagnostic services for animals, primarily focusing on livestock, poultry, wildlife and companion animals. They work in collaboration with governments and stakeholders to support animal health, disease surveillance and research in the province. Their collaborative approach supports the development of new diagnostic tools, vaccines and treatment strategies that strengthen the integrity of the collective management and response to animal health and welfare needs.

Sustainable CAP will provide $3.6 million per year with a total of $18 million over 5 years to Prairie Diagnostic Services. This is a $400,000 increase from the funding provided under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership.


“Understanding and containing disease outbreaks is key to safeguarding producers’ animals and maintaining the international reputation of our agricultural industry. With their focus on prevention, health monitoring and surveillance, Prairie Diagnostic Services has an important role to play in our industry.”
- The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food 

“Prairie Diagnostic Services plays a critical role in the sustainability of our agriculture industry. Their work is instrumental in protecting animals, ensuring the safety of the food supply and supporting the resiliency of Saskatchewan agriculture.”
- David Marit, Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister

“The governments’ continued support for Prairie Diagnostic Services demonstrates its commitment to livestock health. The livestock sector plays a vital role in Saskatchewan's economy and the work we undertake at Prairie Diagnostic Services serves as a safeguard for the health of our livestock, thereby benefiting the economy of Saskatchewan.”
- Yanyun Huang, Chief Executive Officer, Prairie Diagnostic Services 

Quick facts

  • Sustainable CAP is a 5-year, $3.5-billion investment by Canada's federal, provincial and territorial governments that supports Canada's agri-food and agri-products sectors. This includes $1 billion in federal programs and activities and a $2.5 billion commitment that is cost-shared 60% federally and 40% provincially/territorially for programs that are designed and delivered by provinces and territories.

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