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. Zoning is an internationally recognized disease control strategy that is applied where it is not possible to establish or maintain freedom from disease through an entire country.

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 and potentially conflicting requirements. Remnants of historical eradication campaigns for bovine tuberculosis, bovine brucellosis and pullorum disease remain in the Health of Animals Regulations as "eradication areas". All areas across Canada are now of equivalent disease status, and there is no longer a need for "eradication areas" to be established. Any future outbreaks of these diseases would be managed using the new zoning 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. The One-for-One Rule and Small Business Lens do not apply as there is no change in administrative costs to businesses.

Public Consultation Opportunities

It is anticipated these proposed amendments will be pre-published in the Canada Gazette, Part I in Winter 2018. 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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