Pet Shop By-law Review

As part of the 2015 Council-approved By-law Review Strategy, Council directed staff to review Schedule 29 of the Business Licensing By-law (2002-189, as amended), respecting pet shops, to consider restricting the sale of cats, dogs and rabbits in pet shops to adoption through specific non-commercial sources, such as humane societies and rescue groups.

This is to advise that the public consultation phase of the review process is underway.  Public input is being collected primarily on-line as a convenient way for residents to share their views. Participants are encouraged to review the Discussion Paper, available on, and complete the electronic Comment Sheet

As you may be aware, there is an animal welfare group that has been a strong proponent of stricter regulations.  Staff will meet with this group, and other key stakeholders, to ensure their input thoroughly informs the review process.

A dedicated “Bylaw Reviews / Révision Règlements” mailbox has also been created as a primary point of contact for this and subsequent by-law reviews approved by Council in the Review Strategy.  Please consider copying this mailbox in correspondence with residents to share their comments with staff.  Residents can also email the mailbox directly at or 

Staff will review the comments received on the pet shop issue, and report back to the Community and Protective Services Committee in March.

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