Proposal to allow the issuance of licences for new dog train and trial areas and the transfer of licences

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Bill or Act:
Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, 1997
Summary of Proposal:
Please read proposal in its entirety on the Environmental Registry of Ontario under ERO number 019-3685.
Analysis of Regulatory Impact:
The anticipated environmental consequences of the proposal are expected to be neutral. Coyote and red fox may be obtained through lawful trapping activity (e.g., on registered traplines). Licensed train and trial areas may obtain rabbits from existing licensed facilities or by obtaining ministry authorization to acquire rabbits. These species have sustainable populations and there are no concerns with limited take of small numbers for licensed train and trial areas.

The anticipated economic consequences of the proposal are expected to be largely neutral to positive. The proposed legislation would enable licences to be issued to new persons who were previously unable to obtain a licence. This removes barriers and creates an opportunity for new persons to participate in the existing regulatory framework.

There is no specific fee associated with the transfer of a licence. Persons who wish to transfer their train and trial area to a new licence holder would be required to notify the ministry about the transfer and the new owner.

A person interested in obtaining a licence to own and operate a new train and trial facility, or assuming a licence to own and operate an existing train and trial facility from an existing licence holder, would be required to meet strict regulatory standards and apply for a licence and pay the associated licence fee ($100) on an annual basis. No changes to the existing licence fees are proposed. Licence holders would be responsible for any costs associated with facility maintenance and operation.

The proposal would provide an opportunity to establish new train and trial areas in Ontario. The proposal would support the continued operation of licensed dog train and trial areas and offer benefits to persons who use dogs to hunt or track wildlife, or who run their dogs in trialing competitions, as they would continue to have access to dedicated space for dog training and trialing to avoid conflicts with other land and resource users.
Further Information:
Proposal Number:
Posting Date:
April 3, 2023
Comments Due Date:
May 18, 2023