OMAFRA Emergency Livestock Medicines Outlet Licence Extension under Livestock Medicines Act in the Context of COVID-19
O. Reg. 217/20
Reg. 730 of R.R.O. 1990
Regulation - LGIC
Bill or Act:
Livestock Medicines Act
Summary of Decision:
As part of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) is proposing emergency Livestock Medicines Outlet (LMO) licence extension under the Livestock Medicines Act - while maintaining rules that keep Ontarians safe and healthy. Current licences expire on July 31, 2020. To ensure uninterrupted licensing of LMOs an amendment to Regulation 730 of R.R.O under the Livestock Medicines Act is proposed to extend the validity of the current Class 1 (2019/20) licence until July 31, 2021 at no cost to current licensees.
This change does not impact the Class 2 (temporary) licence requirements. Therefore, any temporary sales locations of livestock medicines still require a Class 2 licence and any new applicants for Class 1 or Class 2 licence need to pay the existing licence fee ($75 for Class 1; $50 for Class 2).
Analysis of Regulatory Impact:
This change does not impact livestock owners' access to designated livestock medicines. The sale of livestock medicines by LMOs continue to be exempt from the pharmacy requirements in the Drug and Pharmacies Regulation Act where the outlet is licensed under the Livestock Medicines Act.
This regulatory amendment does not impose any upfront or ongoing operating costs to businesses, Ontarians or the government.
As a result of this regulatory change, it is estimated that the quantitative net benefit for the regulated sector would be approximately $40,000 for the sector for 2020/21 as the current licence holders are not required to pay a fee of $75 for the renewal of their Class 1 licence.
Summary of Proposal:
Food Safety and Environmental Policy Branch
1 Stone Road West
May 14, 2020