the CCAC

About the CCAC

The Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC) is a not-for-profit organization, created in 1968 to oversee the ethical use and care of animals in science (research, teaching and testing) throughout Canada. The CCAC is financed primarily by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), with additional contributions from federal science‑based departments and agencies, as well as academic and private institutions participating in its programs. The performance of the CCAC is reviewed every three years upon grant renewal by external expert panels chosen by the CIHR and NSERC.

Acting in the interest of the people of Canada, the CCAC advances the ethical use and welfare of animals in science by:

  • providing standards informed by scientific evidence;
  • verifying their effective implementation; and
  • increasing the level of knowledge, awareness and sensitivity to relevant ethical principles.
About CCAC