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Agriculture Canada Approves 2014 Referendums

In the fall of last year, The Canadian Kennel Club membership had the opportunity to vote in the 2014 Referendums and by early December, the Election Commission reported that 21 out of the 22 proposed amendments to our By-laws received favourable approval!
In order for these amendments to become effective, the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada must give final approval and on July 16, 2015, the Minister signed the Certificates of Approval. Changes to our By-laws became effective on that date and over the next little while the Club will make any necessary changes to our written materials (i.e. forms, policies, etc.) and a new By-laws booklet will be printed and made available for viewing on the CKC website.  A copy can also be obtained, free of charge, by calling the CKC Order Desk at 1(800) 250-8040 or emailing

To see more than just what the new By-laws say and to find out how these changes might affect you, please click here to review in detail.

Key Highlights
  • CKC has the opportunity to develop a solution to accept electronic signatures from members and non-members alike.
  • The names of the following breeds have been changed:
“Dutch Sheepdog” to “Schapendoes”
“Japanese Spaniel” to “Japanese Chin”
“St. Bernard” to “Saint Bernard”
  • Rules of Eligibility have been approved for the following breeds: 
Retriever (Curly-Coated)
Retriever (Flat-Coated)
Setter (English)
Setter (Gordon)
Setter (Irish)
Setter (Irish Red & White)

Please note:  Although the membership voted in favour of Rules of Eligibility for the Retriever (Chesapeake Bay), following the mailing of the referendum ballot information came to light that further work needed to be done in order to more clearly define the distinguishing characteristics for this breed.  CKC will be working with the breeders of this breed to do this and a revised version will be presented to the membership in a future referendum.

In the days ahead, more information will follow about these new opportunities as well as other programs and initiatives that the Club is now able to undertake as a result of having received the required approval from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.
Your Club is continuing to work hard to see how we can improve and make life easier for CKC members through future by-law amendments. 

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