Regulations amending the Health of Animal Regulations (Animal disease zoning)

Title or Working Title of the Regulatory Initiative

Regulations amending the Health of Animal Regulations (Animal disease zoning)

Description of the Objective

Amendments to the Health of Animals Act were introduced in June 2012 which gave the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (the Minister) the authority to use zoning as a tool for animal disease control, where it would be an appropriate response.

Amendments to the Health of Animals Act introduced through the 2012 Jobs, Growth and Long-term Prosperity Act enabled the establishment of flexible, geographically defined zones for purposes of eradicating foreign animal diseases or controlling diseases that have become established in certain parts of Canada that could impact the animal sector. Amendments are required to align the Health of Animal Regulations with the Health of Animals Act to eliminate the potential for confusion in interpretation of authorities.

These proposed amendments would remove redundancies respecting eradication areas, ensure permits required by the newly introduced parts of the Act are issued on the same basis as the licences and permits required by the Health of Animal Regulations, and enable effective disease management controls within a zone.

Enabling Act

Health of Animals Act

Indication of Business Impacts

There are no expected business impacts.

Public Consultation Opportunities

These proposed amendments will be pre-published in the Canada Gazette, Part I in Fall 2017. A public comment period of 30 days will be available for Canadians and other interested parties to provide feedback on the regulatory proposal.

Departmental contact

For more information

To learn about upcoming or ongoing consultations on proposed federal regulations, visit the Canada Gazette and Consulting with Canadians websites.

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