Major Accomplishments

Humane Canada: Animal Welfare Elevated Since 1957

Humane Canada works diligently to earn our solid reputation as the national voice for animal welfare in Canada. Below are a few of the highlights of our achievements since our organization was founded on August 7, 1957.

1957:  Founding of Humane Canada

1960:  Creation of Humane Slaughter Act

1968:  Founding of Canadian Council on Animal Care

1970:  Passing of Animal Transport Act

1980s: Founding of Canada's Codes of Practice for Farm Animals

1994:  Regulations on import of puppies from the US

1995:  Founded National Companion Animal Coalition

1995:  Began harmonizing pet microchipping systems across Canada

1998:  Report to Parliament on amending the Criminal Code

2005:  Founding of National Farm Animal Care Council

2007:  Revisions to animal cruelty provisions in Criminal Code

2012:  First-ever national report on cat welfare in Canada

2013:  Creation of Canadian Standards of Care for Shelter Animals

2014:  Creation of the National Animal Welfare Conference

2015:  Secured greater protections for police, military & service animals in Canada via Quanto's Law

2015:  Founding of National Centre for the Prosecution of Animal Cruelty (NCPAC)

2016:  First-ever national report on SPCAs and humane societies in Canada

2016:  Launch of Canada’s only bilingual animal cruelty case law database

2017:  National ban of battery cages & introduction of cage-free standards for hens

2019:  Bill C-84 modernized. The legal term 'bestiality: now refers to all sexual abuse of animals, not just the act of penetration. Bill C-84 signals Canada's new priority on fighting animal crimes. 

2019: Canada's Free Willy Law, Bill C-203, bans the captivity of whales and dolphins. In addition, this important bill also bans breeding of captive whales and dolphins.




Humane Canada™ has worked diligently over the years to earn our solid reputation as a key player in social change for animals. Check out our major accomplishments in animal welfare since our founding in 1957!
Major Accomplishments
Humane Canada (also known as the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies) is Canada's federation of SPCAs and humane societies, representing the largest animal welfare community in Canada.