Regulations amending the Health of Animals Regulations (Humane transportation)

Title or Working Title of the Regulatory Initiative

Regulations amending the Health of Animals Regulations (Humane transportation)

Description of the Objective

These proposed amendments to the Health of Animals Regulations would improve animal welfare, align with international standards, reflect current science regarding industry practices and animal needs, clarify definitions and remove vague terms, improve enforcement capabilities, and remove obsolete or unnecessary requirements. The proposal would move towards satisfying Canadian societal expectations regarding responsible farm animal care and the humane treatment of animals during animal transport, including loading and unloading.

Enabling Act

Health of Animals Act

Indication of Business Impacts

There would be business impacts. The "One-for-One" Rule and the Small Business Lens would apply. Under the "One-for-One" Rule at the time of pre-publication, the total administrative cost increase was estimated to have an annualized value of approximately $320,000, while the total cost savings of the flexible option for small business was estimated to have an annualized value of approximately $87,000.

Public Consultation Opportunities

The proposed amendments were pre-published in the Canada Gazette, Part I on December 3, 2016. A public comment period of 75 days which closed on February 16, 2017 enabled Canadians and other interested parties to provide feedback on the regulatory proposal. More than 9,500 individual responses were received between December 3, 2016 and February 16, 2017. The CFIA is taking these comments into account in preparing the regulations for final publication in the Canada Gazette, Part II.

Final publication of the amended regulations in the Canada Gazette, Part II is anticipated in Spring 2018.

Departmental Contact

Legislation@inspection.gc.ca

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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