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Health of Animals Act

Version of section 2 from 2019-01-15 to 2024-04-01:

Marginal note:Definitions

  •  (1) In this Act,


    analyst means a person designated as an analyst pursuant to section 32; (analyste)


    animal includes an embryo and a fertilized egg or ovum; (animal)

    animal by-product

    animal by-product includes blood or any of its components, bones, bristles, feathers, flesh, hair, hides, hoofs, horns, offal, skins and wool, and any thing containing any of those things; (sous-produit animal)

    animal deadyard

    animal deadyard means a place where animal carcasses, animal by-products or disabled or diseased animals are brought when they are not to be prepared for human consumption; (atelier d’équarrissage)

    animal food

    animal food means any thing that is capable of being a nutriment for animals and includes any of the constituent elements of an animal ration; (aliments pour animaux)

    animal product

    animal product includes cream, eggs, milk, non-fertilized ova and semen; (produit animal)


    Assessor means the Assessor or any Deputy Assessor appointed under Part II of the Pesticide Residue Compensation Act; (évaluateur)


    conveyance means any aircraft, carriage, motor vehicle, trailer, railway car, vessel, cargo container or other contrivance used to move persons, animals or things; (véhicule)

    customs officer

    customs officer means a person employed in the administration and enforcement of the Customs Act and includes any member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police; (agent des douanes)


    disease includes

    • (a) a reportable disease and any other disease that may affect an animal or that may be transmitted by an animal to a person, and

    • (b) the causative agent of any such disease; (maladie)


    dispose includes slaughter or otherwise destroy, bury or render; (Version anglaise seulement)


    document means anything on which information that is capable of being understood by a person, or read by a computer or other device, is recorded or marked; (document)


    hatchery means, subject to any regulations made under subsection (2), a place where eggs are incubated or chicks are hatched; (couvoir)

    infected place

    infected place means a place that is constituted to be an infected place under section 22 or 23 or under the regulations; (lieu contaminé)


    inspector means a person designated as an inspector pursuant to section 32; (inspecteur)


    justice means a justice as defined in section 2 of the Criminal Code; (juge de paix)


    Minister means the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food; (ministre)


    officer means a person designated as an officer pursuant to section 32, but does not include an analyst; (agent d’exécution)

    peace officer

    peace officer means a peace officer as defined in section 2 of the Criminal Code; (agent de la paix)


    penalty means an administrative monetary penalty imposed under the Agriculture and Agri-Food Administrative Monetary Penalties Act for a violation; (sanction)


    place includes a conveyance; (lieu)


    prescribed means prescribed by regulation; (Version anglaise seulement)

    rendering plant

    rendering plant means a place

    • (a) where animal by-products are prepared or treated for use in, or converted into, fertilizers, animal food, fats or oils, other than fats or oils used for human consumption,

    • (b) where a substance resulting from a process mentioned in paragraph (a) is stored, packed or marked, or

    • (c) from which a substance resulting from a process mentioned in paragraph (a) is shipped; (usine de traitement)


    reportable means prescribed as reportable by the Minister; (déclarable)

    toxic substance

    toxic substance means a substance prescribed as toxic by the Minister; (substance toxique)


    Tribunal means the Review Tribunal continued by subsection 27(1) of the Agriculture and Agri-Food Administrative Monetary Penalties Act; (Commission)


    vector means an animal that has the potential to transmit a disease, directly or indirectly, from one animal or its excreta to another animal; (vecteur)

    veterinary biologic

    veterinary biologic means a thing that is manufactured, sold or represented for use in restoring, correcting or modifying organic functions in animals or for use in the diagnosis, treatment, mitigation or prevention of a disease, disorder or abnormal physical state — or its symptoms — in animals and that is

    • (a) a helminth, protozoa or micro-organism,

    • (b) a substance or mixture of substances derived from animals, helminths, protozoa, micro-organisms or plants, or

    • (c) a substance of synthetic origin; (produit biologique vétérinaire)

    veterinary inspector

    veterinary inspector means a veterinarian designated as an inspector pursuant to section 32; (vétérinaire-inspecteur)


    violation means

    • (a) any contravention of any provision of this Act or of a regulation made under this Act, or

    • (b) any refusal or neglect to perform any duty imposed by or under this Act,

    that may be proceeded with in accordance with the Agriculture and Agri-Food Administrative Monetary Penalties Act. (violation)

  • Marginal note:Ministerial regulations

    (2) The Minister may make regulations excluding places from the definition hatchery and prescribing reportable diseases and toxic substances.

  • Marginal note:Incorporation by reference

    (3) Toxic substances may be prescribed

    • (a) in terms of the quantity or concentration in which substances are contained in other substances; and

    • (b) by reference to substances specified in any published document, as amended from time to time.

  • 1990, c. 21, s. 2
  • 1994, c. 38, s. 25
  • 1995, c. 40, s. 54
  • 1997, c. 6, s. 67
  • 2001, c. 4, s. 173(F)
  • 2012, c. 24, s. 93
  • 2015, c. 2, s. 84

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