Regulation - LGIC

Prescribing a significant market disruption within the definition of "hazard" and updating the Appendices listing Immediately and Periodically Notifiable Hazards in O. Reg. 277/12 (Reporting of Hazards and Findings) under the Animal Health Act, 2009.

Regulation Number(s):
O. Reg. 277/12
O. Reg. 849/21
Instrument Type:
Regulation - LGIC
Bill or Act:
Animal Health Act, 2009
Summary of Decision:
Decision Oct. 19, 2021

O. Reg. 849/21 prescribes that, for the purposes of clause (c) of the definition of "hazard" in section 2 of the Animal Health Act, 2009 (AHA), any surplus of livestock or poultry in the Province is prescribed as a hazard if the surplus is caused by restrictions on the movement of the livestock, poultry or related animal products within Ontario or across interprovincial or international borders and the restrictions were imposed due to concerns about a disease or a biological, chemical, physical or radiological agent or factor. This notice will be updated once a decision has been made regarding the proposed changes to O. Reg. 277.

Decision Update Nov 29, 2022

The Appendices to O. Reg. 277/12 that list the immediately notifiable hazards and periodically notifiable hazards, such as animal diseases, that must be reported to the Chief Veterinarian for Ontario have been updated. The original proposal included the following changes:

• adding new hazards to the Appendices that have emerged as concerns
• adding some hazards to the Appendices that are relevant to the commercial aquaculture sector
• moving some hazards between the two Appendices (i.e., from Appendix A to B, vice-versa) to more accurately align with level of risk
• updating the technical names and descriptions for some immediately notifiable and periodically notifiable hazards
• removing some hazards from Appendix B (Periodically Notifiable) reflecting new information within the veterinary and animal health community

Stakeholder feedback during the consultation was consistent with the above approach and included specific hazard recommendations that are reflected in the final regulation. Some changes to the original proposal with respect to updating the appendices in O. Reg. 277/12 were made based on stakeholder input, providing reassurance that the ministry is keeping its regulations in line with current disease risks.

This amendment will come into effect on February 1, 2023.
Analysis of Regulatory Impact:
There are no anticipated direct compliance costs related to the new "hazard" regulation. There are no new regulatory compliance requirements for businesses in the regulation.

For the amendments to O. Reg. 277/12, animal health laboratories may incur some minor costs to support information technology adjustments to update the database interface to include the flagging and reporting of the specific hazards that are to be added to the lists of notifiable hazards in O. Reg. 277/12 (i.e., a one-time cost).
Further Information:
Proposal Number:
Posting Date:
October 19, 2021
Summary of Proposal:
Please visit the notice on the Environmental Registry of Ontario for details. See link above.
Contact Address:
Food Safety and Environmental Policy
1 Stone Road West
2nd Floor
Guelph, ON
N1G 4Y2
Effective Date:
February 1, 2023