Provincial Animal Welfare Services Act (PAWS) Bill 136 - Article Detail | Ontario Pork
Thursday, February 2, 2023

Issues Articles


Provincial Animal Welfare Services Act (PAWS) Bill 136

Ontario Pork submission on Bill 136, Provincial Animal Welfare Services Act, 2019

November 16, 2020 - Ontario Establishes Advisory Table on Animal Welfare

The Ontario government has established an advisory table to further improve animal welfare across the province. The advisory table is made up of a group of experts including representatives from agriculture and agri-food, who will help develop regulations under the Provincial Animal Welfare Services (PAWS) Act. Ontario Pork will continue to represent member issues and concerns as the regulations are developed. 

December 5, 2019 – Bill 136 was granted Royal Assent

Ontario’s pork farmers are committed to internationally-recognized high standards of animal care and farm practices, based on science, education and animal husbandry best practices. It is positive to see this reflected in Section 13 (2) of the new Act. The industry invests heavily in research and innovation to improve animal care, food quality and safety. We firmly believe that treating animals cruelly, or inflicting unnecessary pain or suffering, is not acceptable to farmers or the general public. 

Ontario Pork is supportive of changes that will provide government with the ability to allow others, beyond inspectors, to act when an animal is in imminent risk of serious injury or death. We continue to support and recommend the ability to bring along a commodity organization representative as well. We applaud the government for working to ensure increased transparency and accountability. 

We continue to be concerned regarding farm biosecurity and compliance by those entering the premises. We recommend that the regulations to clearly address adherence with a farm’s biosecurity protocols to minimize the risk of disease spread, and that there is no entry unless a farmer is present.

Last updated November 16, 2020

Documents to download

Additional Information

For more information, please contact Rachelle Wood, Sr. Policy Advisor., 519-767-4600 Ext. 1202