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New Québec Animal Welfare Regulation Now in Effect

A reminder to Québec members that amendments to the Regulation respecting the welfare and safety of domestic companion animals and equines passed in August 2022 are in effect as of February 10, 2024. We encourage you to review the changes, as well as the Implementation Guide (French only) to ensure you are aware of changes that may impact you as a breeder and a dog owner.

Over the past year, CKC worked closely with a Québec government relations firm, to build relations with MAPAQ and other stakeholders, and to represent the interests of CKC members and purebred dogs. We met with the government and other stakeholders throughout 2023 on a monthly basis to address registry and restrictive breeding measures, veterinary medical procedures, and animal welfare. We appreciate the efforts of CKC member breeders who met with their elected officials and/or submitted comments/suggestions to CKC that we in turn shared with MAPAQ. While we were unable to secure all that we asked of the government, we know that maintaining a working relationship is important to influencing future policy, and that we have raised the profile of CKC as an important stakeholder.

Overall, our efforts have enhanced our position as the voice of purebred dog breeders in Québec and we have achieved significant success on many fronts. We were heard, and our opinions were considered.

The following outlines the gains that CKC has made over the past year:
  • Clarified that the record keeping measure is for inspection purposes and not a registry. We were pleased that the government presented a checklist for record keeping, rather than a system that would be a duplication of CKC’s registry.
  • Clarified that a breeder doesn't have to make an additional visit to a vet before breeding a dog but can obtain the vet check during an appointment for vaccines or other health reasons. We have confirmed that the Implementation Guide does not include a timeline for the visit before a dog is used in breeding.
  • Developed solid connections with public office holders that allowed us to be consulted on the Implementation Guide, and to provide input in a timely manner.
  • Invited to join MAPAQ’s partners’ animal health and welfare group.
  • Raised the profile of permanent identification via microchipping for upcoming discussions with MAPAQ so they will become aware of the volume of poor breeding.
  • MAPAQ have indicated that the Implementation Guide will continue to evolve once the regulation is implemented.
  • We will continue to meet with MAPAQ in order to try to influence the regulations over time.
We wish to hear from our members regarding the impact of these changes over time and will send out a feedback survey in July 2024. We are committed to sharing your feedback with MAPAQ regarding potential implementation issues and inspections, to demonstrate how the changes impact your breeding programs, your dogs, and your kennels. On behalf of Quebec members, we remain dedicated to upholding CKC’s mission to preserve the health and well-being of purebred dogs.
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