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Ontario Increases Support For Animal Welfare

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Ontario Increases Support For Animal Welfare

McGuinty Government Strengthens The Animal Welfare System

Ministry of the Solicitor General

The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) 
will use a new one-time capital grant of $5 million from the Ontario
government to upgrade its facilities and computer systems. The society
will also improve its services in northern communities.

The provincial grant is part of Ontario's plan to strengthen the
province's animal welfare system.

Last August, the government increased funding for the OSPCA to
$500,000 per year, an increase of more than 400 per cent. The province
provided the funds to support the training of inspectors and agents.
The government also provided $100,000 to help the OSPCA work with the
Ministry of Natural Resources to put in place an interim zoo
inspection plan.

Quick Facts

  • In 2006, the OSPCA: Investigated more than 15,000 complaints of animal neglect and abuse
  • Laid more than 500 Criminal Code and provincial charges
  • Issued more than 2,300 orders
  • Took in more than 9,000 animals as a result of investigations.

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“The people of Ontario care about the welfare of the animals that live among us. This investment will support the OSPCA in the important work it does to protect those animals”

Rick Bartolucci

Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services



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