About the ACRB


The Animal Care Review Board (ACRB) is an independent, quasi-judicial agency. It is one of five tribunals in the Safety, Licensing Appeals and Standards Tribunals Ontario (SLASTO) cluster.

The ACRB resolves disputes and conducts hearings regarding animal welfare, including orders made by inspectors of the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Ontario SPCA).

Powers of the ACRB

Under the authority of the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, the ACRB can:

  • Confirm, revoke or modify a compliance order issued by the Ontario SPCA;
  • Order that an animal that was removed by the Ontario SPCA be returned to the owner or custodian, and may make an accompanying order with the terms and conditions;
  • Order the Ontario SPCA to pay the owner or custodian of an animal some or all of the costs of complying with an order; and
  • Order the owner or custodian to pay to the Ontario SPCA some or all of the cost of providing food, care or treatment to an animal that was removed.

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

The Ontario SPCA

The Ontario Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals (Ontario SPCA) is an independent and charitable organization that provides animal protection services through a network of directly operated branches and independently operated affiliate humane societies located across the province.

To learn more about the Ontario SPCA, please visit their website here.