About the ACRB


Update

March 26, 2020

On March 20, 2020, the Government of Ontario issued an Emergency Order (O.Reg. 73/20) under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.

The order suspends limitation periods and procedural time periods relevant to tribunal proceedings. The suspension is retroactive to March 16, 2020.

If current and / or new parties are not able to meet a timeline, Tribunals Ontario will allow them to do so at a later date. For example, if parties are not able to meet the timeline for submitting an application to a tribunal, they will be able to submit it at a later date.

Tribunals Ontario is continuing to deliver service across the province. Most tribunals are continuing to have hearings, mediations, and case conferences by teleconference or in writing, while some tribunals are rescheduling matters to later dates.

If you are not able to proceed with a matter, please contact the tribunal to reschedule. If you are not able to attend a proceeding by teleconference or in writing, the tribunal will be able to reschedule the matter to another date.

COVID-19 Policy – Postponing Hearings

March 13, 2020

Effective March 13, 2020, Tribunals Ontario is implementing a new policy to postpone in-person hearings and reschedule to a later date. Where feasible, alternative hearing options such as written and telephone hearings will be considered to minimize disruption to hearings across the organization. In addition, all front-line counter services will be closed as of March 16 until further notice.

For more information, please see the news release.

Introduction

The Animal Care Review Board (ACRB) is an independent, quasi-judicial agency. It is one of five tribunals within the Safety, Licensing Appeals and Standards Division of Tribunals Ontario which consists of 19 tribunals.

The ACRB resolves disputes and conducts hearings regarding animal welfare, including hearing appeals of orders and decisions of the Chief Animal Welfare Inspector and other animal welfare inspectors.

Powers of the ACRB

Under the authority of the Provincial Animal Welfare Services Act, 2019, the ACRB can:

  • Confirm, revoke or modify a compliance order issued by an animal welfare inspector
  • Order that an animal removed by an animal welfare inspector or that was taken into the Chief Animal Welfare Inspector’s care be returned to the owner or custodian
  • Confirm, revoke or vary a statement of account served by the Chief Animal Welfare Inspector
  • Order that the whole or any part of the cost to the owner or custodian of an animal of complying with an order be paid by the Minister to the owner or custodian
  • Order that the whole or any part of the cost to the Chief Animal Welfare Inspector of providing necessaries to an animal be paid by the owner or custodian of the animal to the Minister of Finance.

When reviewing appeals and applications, the welfare of any animal involved is the ACRB’s main priority.

Chief Animal Welfare Inspector

The Provincial Animal Welfare Services Act, 2019 establishes a Chief Animal Welfare Inspector, as well as one or more Deputy Chief Animal Welfare Inspectors, appointed by the Solicitor General.

The Chief Animal Welfare Inspector is responsible for:

  • The appointment, oversight and handling of complaints about animal welfare inspectors; and
  • The provision of necessaries and care to animals in their possession.

Provincial animal welfare inspectors are directly accountable to the Chief Animal Welfare inspector, who is in turn accountable to the Solicitor General. If you have a complaint or compliment about an inspector, please send an email to animalwelfareservices@ontario.ca.

Call 1-833-9-ANIMAL if an animal is in distress or being neglected. This includes animals that are injured, in pain, sick, suffering or abused, or lack proper care, water, food or shelter.