The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act is the principal tool used by Ontario SPCA investigators, including those in the Hamilton/Burlington area, to protect the welfare of aniamls. With amendments to this Act in 2008 and the introduction of Ontario Regulation 60/09 Standards of Care (for animals), Ontario’s animal protection laws are now some of the toughest animal protection laws in Canada.

In addition, relevant pieces of federal legislation include Section 446-1 of the Criminal Code of Canada, Subsection 64(1) of the Health of Animals Act and the Migratory Birds Convention Act.

Provincial legislation that can be used by inspectors includes the Animals for Research Act, the Dog Owner’s Liability Act, the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, the Food Safety and Quality Act, the Livestock Community Sales Act, the Livestock and Livestock Products Act, the Livestock Medicines Act, and the Milk Act.

Hamilton and Burlington also have municipal laws that can be enforced by our inspectors.

Learn more about Animal Welfare Legislation