Proposed Animal Health Legislation for the Province of Ontario
Bill or Act:
Summary of Decision:
The Animal Health Act, 2009 (Bill 204) received Royal Assent on December 15, 2009 and came into force on January 21, 2010 upon proclamation of the Lieutenant Governor.
The Animal Health Act, 2009 will help to protect animal and human health and the economic viability of the livestock and poultry sector by reducing the impact of animal diseases and other hazards. It will also provide important tools to help support government in its efforts to prevent, detect and respond to significant animal health events, such as diseases.
June 18, 2009
Summary of Proposal:
To help boost the economic competitiveness of the agri-food sector, the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) is considering farm animal health and traceability initiatives, including the development of legislation that would provide a broad framework for animal health and traceability initiatives in the province. If introduced and passed, the proposed legislation would better protect the economy, animal health and public health.
Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
Policy and Programs Division
Strategic Policy Branch
Strategic Policy Analysis and Coordination Unit (Toronto)
77 Grenville Street
Phone: (416) 326-3697
Fax: (416) 326-9892
January 21, 2010