Ontario Passes Amendments to Animal Health Act

Bill 46, the Less Red Tape, Stronger Ontario Act, 2023, has received Royal Assent, and includes amendments to the Animal Health Act, 2009 (AHA). The amendments enable the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs to issue a temporary response order in situations where delay in implementing the measures authorized or required by the order may substantially increase the risk to animal or human health. The Bill also amends section 18 of the AHA to achieve greater consistency in setting out an inspector’s authority to conduct an inspection to check for compliance with an existing order, including an animal health control area order, a temporary response order, and a surveillance zone order.