New Regulation Related to Corporate Provisions Under the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Corporation Act, 2022
Regulation - Minister
Bill or Act:
Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Corporation Act, 2022
Summary of Proposal:
On November 23, 2022, the Ministry of the Solicitor General (ministry) posted a proposal on Ontario's Regulatory Registry for a new Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Corporation Act, 2022 (OSPCACA, 2022) that, if passed, would confirm the continuation of the corporate status of the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA), retroactive to January 1, 2020.
The OSPCACA, 2022 was introduced in the Ontario Legislature on November 23, 2022, as Schedule 7 of Bill 46, the Less Red Tape, Stronger Ontario Act, 2022.
This proposal is for a minister's regulation that could be filed under the OSPCACA, 2022, if passed.
The ministry is seeking input on a proposed regulation that sets out the following corporate governance provisions in relation to the OSPCA ("the Society"):
1. The purposes of the Society are to,
a. promote the welfare of animals for the benefit of the public by providing community support services across Ontario, including,
i. spaying or neutering domestic pets and feral or stray animals,
ii. operating an animal adoption program, and
iii. rescuing stray, abandoned, abused or surrendered animals; and
b. advance education by providing courses on animal welfare to the public, with an emphasis on youth education.
Board of directors
2. The Society's activities and affairs shall be managed by a board of directors, the composition of which shall be determined in accordance with the Society's by-laws.
3. (1) Subject to subsection (2), the Society shall consist of its directors, and a person who ceases to be a director ceases to be a member of the Society.
(2) For the period beginning on January 1, 2020 and ending on April 21, 2021, the Society shall consist of class A members, being affiliated societies, class B members, being individual members, and class C members, being honorary members, with each class having such rights and obligations as are provided in the Society's by-laws.
4. Upon the dissolution of the Society and after payment of all of its debts and liabilities, all of the Society's remaining property shall be distributed to one or more registered charities under the Income Tax Act (Canada) that have purposes similar to the purposes of the Society.
The proposed regulation also sets out provisions related to revocation and commencement.
Analysis of Regulatory Impact:
There are no direct administrative, compliance or other costs anticipated from this proposed regulation.
March 10, 2023
Comments Due Date:
March 20, 2023
Ministry of the Solicitor General - 25 Grosvenor Street, Toronto, ON M7A 1Y6