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Update Re: Development of Pet Establishment Regulations in Nova Scotia

Since CKC met with the Minister’s office in March the provincial government has officially reactivated the Animal Welfare Forum. This Forum was established under the previous government and was often referred to as the Minister’s Forum. The group met periodically but had no formal CKC representation until former Zone 1 Director, Lendra Barker was invited to join.

As you may know, in 2021 an informal sub-committee of the Animal Welfare Forum drafted a “Recommendations on Regulation and Licensing of Pet Establishments in Nova Scotia”. Movement on this document ceased with the July 2021 provincial election which resulted in a change of government and the election of the Progressive Conservatives under Premier Tim Houston. Once the focus of the new government’s election priority of improving health care was underway, NS Minister of Agriculture, Greg Morrow was approached regarding progress on the implementation of regulations and licensing. The Minister reactivated the Animal Welfare Forum as a first step in examining this initiative.

All previous members of the Animal Welfare Forum were invited to a meeting held May 9, 2023, in Truro. There were 12 participants present, including Minister Morrow, members of his staff, the Nova Scotia SPCA, the Nova Scotia Veterinary Medical Association, a former rescue operator and Emily Gratton (CKC National Advocacy & Government Relations Committee).

While the Minister appreciated the sub-committee’s draft Recommendations on the Regulation and Licensing of Pet Establishments in Nova Scotia, the government believes further stakeholder engagement is required in order to develop balanced and enforceable regulations. Chief Veterinary Officer, Dr. Schenkels, will lead the stakeholder consultation process over the next several months and once stakeholder input has been collected and reviewed, it will be determined what regulation(s) are needed. The development of any resulting regulations will be handled by the Department of Agriculture’s Policy Division to ensure it meets government standards for passage into law and enforceability. The Animal Welfare Forum will meet on an annual basis.

Your CKC team in Nova Scotia, along with Sarah McDowell in Head Office, remains engaged on this matter to ensure the concerns of CKC members are well represented. If you have comments or questions, please feel free to contact Frank MacArthur at
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