Important Changes to Ontario Regulation 567: Rabies Vaccination
As of December 14th, 2018, the amended Ontario Regulation 567: Rabies Vaccination (O. Reg. 567) came into effect under the Health Protection and Promotion Act. The Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC) has changed rabies immunization requirements for animals in Ontario to ensure consistent implementation of public health rabies prevention and control measures across the province.
Animal owners should be aware of the following changes:
- Owners must ensure that all ferrets three months of age or over are immunized against rabies, which is the same as the existing requirements for cats and dogs.
- Owners of horses, cows, bulls, steer, calves, or sheep must ensure that these animals are immunized against rabies. This requirement does not apply if these animals are only accessible by the person(s) responsible for their care and control (for example if these animals do not come into contact with the general public).