Advocacy Across the Country – August – October

Thank you to everyone who joined us in Drummondville and Toronto for our most recent trade shows! It was great to see everyone in person after so long.  PIJAC continues its government advocacy at all levels through meetings directly with elected officials, including at our trade shows. We continue to bring the pet industry’s voice to the table at the municipal, provincial and federal levels and look forward to continuing to work with you.  What follows is a summary of our most recent advocacy work.
 

Federal

Environment and Climate Change Canada to discuss The Jane Goodall Act: BILL S-241.  We expressed our support of the theory and ideals behind the Bill as well as, raised questions regarding the future use of this legislation in relation to pets in Canada.  We will be speaking with the department again as this Bill progresses.

 

PROVINCIAL

Ontario

A meeting with Solicitor General’s team and discussed our role within the industry along with the expertise we are able to draw upon in order to assist lawmakers in the revision or creation of inclusive animal welfare legislation.

Additionally, we enjoyed meeting MPP’s Joel Harden, Bobbi Ann Brady, Nolan Quinn, Vincent Ke and Speaker of the House, Ted Arnott to discuss the industry’s role and responsibility in the welfare of pets in the province.  These meetings help us bring to light the expertise available within our sector and how our collective network can assist in ongoing efforts to improve the well-being of our animals.  Not surprisingly we found kinship in the love of pets, and also an openness to discussing ideas surrounding their care and the pet professional’s role in it.

 

Quebec

Our National Pet Industry Show in Drummondville provided the perfect platform to bring pet businesses together with provincial leaders. Anima-Québec and PIJAC Canada co-hosted a morning-long workshop to discuss issues related to draft regulation B-3.1 in Quebec.  The conversation was led by Dr. Chantal Allinger who was a wonderful sounding board for the attendees, answering their concerns and logistical questions. On the Monday of the show, we had the honor of welcoming  Member of Parliament Martin Champoux, deputy of Drummond and his family.  It was wonderful to be able to show him our thriving pet sector in Quebec and inspiring to talk with him about the industry’s role in ensuring the highest level of pet care across all regions.

 

MUNICIPAL

OshawaTonya, our VP of Advocacy and Regulatory Affairs addressed Oshawa’s Corporate Services Committee earlier this month about their interest in what specialty (exotic) #pets should be allowed in the municipality.  Discussions on this issue are scheduled to begin in February 2023 when PIJAC Canada will be present.