Regulation - LGIC

Proposed Changes to the College of Veterinarians of Ontario (CVO) Accreditation Model in Regulation 1093 under the Veterinarians Act

Regulation Number(s):
Regulation 1093
Instrument Type:
Regulation - LGIC
Bill or Act:
Veterinarians Act
Summary of Proposal:
The College of Veterinarians of Ontario (the College) is the regulatory body for veterinarians in Ontario, licensing over 5,000 veterinarians and accrediting over 2,300 facilities across the province. Accreditation of facilities is part of the CVO's public protection mandate; the College's Facility Accreditation Program ensures veterinary facilities provide a professional environment and contain the essential equipment required for patient care. In exercising this mandate, the College seeks to protect the public interest and enhance the quality and safety of veterinary care.

The College of Veterinarians of Ontario (specifically, the Council of the College) is seeking to amend Regulation 1093 under the Veterinarians Act to adopt a new, streamlined, outcome-based model for how veterinary facilities are accredited that would include changes to inspection of veterinary facilities as it relates to accreditation and the advertising rules. Reducing process barriers will make it easier for new facilities, as well as existing facilities seeking to expand their services, to become accredited.

The model for accrediting veterinary facilities set out in Regulation 1093 no longer reflects the current practice of the veterinary medical profession and the range of veterinary facility types from which veterinarians practise. It is based on a specific set of facility categories that are set out in Regulation 1093. However, the nature of facilities from which veterinarians practise has evolved since the accreditation model and the related provisions in the regulation were last revised.

Together, the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) and the College are seeking to amend Regulation 1093 under the Veterinarians Act to adopt a new, streamlined, outcome-based model for how veterinary facilities are accredited.

The new model would permit a veterinarian to define the scope of practice that is associated with the veterinary facility in order to improve flexibility and reduce administrative burden as veterinary care and services evolve.

The proposed accreditation model and amendments to the Regulation would also move away from a prescriptive, list-based approach to accreditation, reduce administrative burden, offer more flexibility, and encourage expansion and innovation in the services veterinarians offer to the public, while protecting the public interest and instilling confidence in veterinary regulation and the quality and safety of veterinary care.

The purpose of this consultation is to gather input on the potential changes to the proposed accreditation model and Regulation 1093. All suggestions gathered through the consultation process, including industry and public input, will be further assessed and considered by OMAFRA and the College.

We encourage you to review and consider the discussion paper. Comments and feedback can be submitted to OMAFRA using the Regulatory Registry, or via email using the contact information included in the discussion paper.
Analysis of Regulatory Impact:
It is anticipated that the proposed changes would not increase costs for owners of veterinary practices, or lead to additional costs for livestock producers, farmers, or other animal owners. It is difficult to calculate a precise dollar value for potential savings to veterinarians who own and operate accredited facilities, as the impact will vary depending on the unique circumstances of each veterinary practice. Some new and existing practices will no longer need to apply for, obtain and renew multiple certificates (i.e., on a five-year basis) of accreditation for a single facility. This reduction in paperwork and process will make the accreditation process easier for new and existing veterinary practices, allowing these practices more time to focus on core business activities, such as animal care.

The College's intention is to implement the proposed changes through a sustainable model based on its existing cost recovery approach to accreditation.

OMAFRA does not have a role in setting or approving fees levied by the College to support their cost recovery approach to oversight of the profession.
Further Information:
Proposal Number:
21-OMAFRA020
Posting Date:
November 1, 2021
Comments Due Date:
December 16, 2021
Contact Address:
Laura Milani Orlando
Food Safety and Environmental Policy Branch, Policy Division
1 Stone Road West, 2nd Floor S.W., Guelph, Ontario N1G 4Y2