Update on Animal Protection

Published on April 02, 2019

An agreement has been reached between the Government of Ontario and the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) to extend animal welfare law enforcement services until June 28, 2019. 

The province has committed to developing a more robust animal protection regime that provides greater transparency and accountability. The regime will be informed by thoughtful engagement with a diverse range of interested individuals and groups. More details on the consultation will be announced in the coming weeks.

The government is committed to ensuring no animals fall through the cracks during this transition. Cooperation between government, animal protection organizations, agriculture groups, and other stakeholders will be essential for the protection of animals and livestock in the interim. This government is committed to ensuring enforcement continues during this transition.

To report if an animal is in distress or suspected animal abuse, people can:

Quick Facts

  • The OSPCA has provided animal welfare protection services in Ontario for over 100 years. They provided the province notice they intended to discontinue those services on March 4, 2019.
  • In 2018-19, the OSPCA received $5.75 million from Ontario for provincewide enforcement of animal welfare legislation, as part of a transfer payment agreement that will end March 31, 2019.
  • Police services continue to have the authority to enforce the laws that protect animals in Ontario.