Policy and Research


Humane Canada regularly consults and collaborates with representatives from government, industry and the non-profit sector to address key animal welfare challenges in Canada. Here are a few examples of the issues we’re tackling by working together with other stakeholders:

  • As a founding member of the National Companion Animal Coalition, Humane Canada has helped establish the Canadian standard for microchip identification of pets, ensuring that lost pets can be more easily reunited with their owners regardless of where in Canada they are found. Other projects we’ve worked on as part of the National Companion Animal Coalition include the development of model animal control bylaws for municipalities and public education on dog bite prevention.

  • Humane Canada has an ex-officio role on the animal welfare committee of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA). This is a very active committee that addresses a broad spectrum of animal welfare issues, including farm husbandry practices, pet care, animal abuse and the seal hunt.

  • Humane Canada is a founding member of the National Farm Animal Care Council and the only animal welfare organization sitting on each and every code development committee. The official goal of the council is to implement a comprehensive and strategic approach to farm animal care in Canada, which includes reviewing and revising national codes of practice for the treatment of farm animals. Humane Canada negotiates the development and review of these codes with the goal of creating better living environments and more humane treatment for farm animals. We also give direct input on agriculture policy at the federal and provincial/territorial level.

  • In 2015, Humane Canada launched the National Centre for the Prosecution of Animal Cruelty (NCPAC). NCPAC designs and delivers training to the prosecution community that reflects current best practices in animal cruelty prosecution in order to improve consistency and outcomes across the country. We also maintain a bilingual Canada-wide database of animal cruelty case law. Click here to find out more.

  • Humane Canada produces annual Canadian animal shelter statistics to track outcomes for companion animals in Canada’s humane societies and SPCAs. Click here to read our most recent report.

Read our reports and publications here.