Provincial Information

All Canadian provinces have legislated in the area of animal welfare through animal protection Acts and regulations. Ontario is unique in having an Act specific to research animals, the Animals for Research Act, which enables an inspectorate to control the registration of research facilities and the issuance of licenses for supply facilities.

Several other provinces mention animals used for scientific purposes in their animal protection legislation and/or regulations, and five of these currently refer directly to CCAC standards.

Alberta

Regulations

Alberta’s Animal Protection Regulation of the Animal Protection Act states that "A person who owns or has custody, care or control of an animal for research activities must comply with the following Canadian Council on Animal Care documents", and lists the CCAC standards and policies that were published at the time the regulations were made (2005).

Funding Policies

Alberta Innovates funds and supports provincial health research and innovation activity. In the Terms and Conditions for AIHS Interdisciplinary Team Grant Funding, the CCAC is mentioned in Schedule B - Statement of Compliance and Ethics Approval.

British-Columbia

Funding Policies

The Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) matches partner contributions on funded awards in the area of health research. The MSFHR 2017 Research Trainee Program Guidelines, Section 4, state that supervisors require compliance with "ethical and research policies outlined by the host institution and the Tri-Agency Framework: Responsible Conduct of Research", and specifically includes "Canadian Council on Animal Care Policies and Guidelines".

Manitoba

Regulations

Manitoba's Animal Care Act lists "research and teaching involving animals" among accepted activities, providing they are "consistent with a standard or code of conduct, criteria, practice or procedure specified as acceptable in the regulations". The Animal Care Regulation cites policies and guidelines published by the CCAC, as revised from time to time, as the acceptable standard for "animals raised for the purpose of, or used in, research and teaching activities".

Newfoundland and Labrador

Regulations

The Newfoundland and Labrador Animal Protection Standards Regulations under the Animal Health and Protection Act states that "A corporation, partnership, or association of persons which is responsible for research, teaching or testing involving animals or which has custody, care or control of an animal for research, teaching or testing shall comply with the requirements in the codes and standards published by the Canadian Council on Animal Care that are adopted under subsection (1)".

Funding Policies

The Newfoundland & Labrador Centre for Applied Health Research (NLCAHR) supports applied health research in the province. Although NLCAHR does not directly mention the CCAC in its policies, the centre is located within Memorial University, which is a participant in the CCAC's programs.

Nova Scotia

Legislation

The Nova Scotia Animal Protection Act states that "Where an inspector is of the opinion that an offence pursuant to this Act is being committed with regard to research animals, the inspector shall (a) consult or be accompanied by the chair of the animal care committee associated with that research; or (b) consult with standards setting agencies prescribed by the regulations or, where the facility in which the research animals are kept is part of the Canadian Council on Animal Care audit program, the Canadian Council on Animal Care". The Act further states that "no action may be taken against a person under this Act if the person complies with Canadian Council on Animal Care guidelines".

Funding Policies

The Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation (NSHRF) provides funds for health research within the province. In its Program Requirements: Conflict of Interest and Confidentiality Policies, Legislation and Ethics Requirements, NSHRF lists CCAC guidelines among the applicable ethical conduct policies.

Ontario

Legislation

Ontario is unique in having an Act specific to research animals, the Animals for Research Act, which enables an inspectorate to control the registration of research facilities and the issuance of licenses for supply facilities.

Funding Policies

The Ontario Research Fund – Research Excellence Program specifies in the section "Ethical, Safety and Integrity Requirements" of their guidelines that "In the case of laboratory animal experimentation, the institution must comply with the guidelines and policies of the Canadian Council on Animal Care".

Prince Edward Island

Regulations

Prince Edward Island's Animal Protection Regulations under the Animal Health and Protection Act cite the CCAC for standards of care "with respect to the use of animals for the purposes of medical or scientific research".

Québec

Regulations

According to the Regulation respecting the safety and welfare of cats and dogs, with its enabling legislation, the Animal Health Protection Act and the Animal Welfare and Safety Act, operators are exempt from the requirements of the Act if they hold a CCAC Certificate of GAP – Good Animal Practice®.

Funding Policies

Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQS) notes on its website under the heading of Ethics Review, Laboratory Animals and the Environment, "All research project involving animals require the approval of the Animal Care Committee of the principal applicant's institution, which must comply with the standards and guidelines of the Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC). The institution where research involving animals is carried out must be certified by the CCAC."