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Penalties Purpose of the Legislative Overview The Minister may commence proceedings in respect of an act or omission under the Health of Animals Act or its regulations, as either a violation or an offence. The decision to commence as either a violation or an offence precludes commencing with the other. The maximum penalty for a violation is determined considering the degree of intention or negligence of the individual, the harm done by the violation and the history of the person who committed the offence in the previous 5 years. The maximum penalty for a violation is: Animal Health Act • $2,000 when the violation is not committed in the course of business or intended for financial gain; • $2,000 for a minor violation (e.g., failure by a person disposing of an animal’s carcass bearing an approved tag; failure to report disposing of an animal’s carcass not bearing an approved tag anywhere but on the farm/ranch where the animal died) that was committed in the course of business or for financial gain; Health Protection and Promotion Act • $10,000 for a serious violation that was committed in the course of business or for financial gain; • $15,000 for a very that was committed in the course of business or for financial gain serious violation (e.g., failure to report suspicion of a reportable disease or toxic substance). Every person who contravenes a provision of the Act or its regulations or neglects to perform any duty imposed under the Act or its regulations is guilty of: • An offence punishable on summary conviction and liable to a fine not exceeding $50,000 or imprisonment for a term up to 6 months or both; Occupational Health and Safety Act • An indictable offence and liable to a fine not exceeding $250,000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years or both. Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act Controlled Drugs and Substances Act College publications contain practice parameters and standards which should be considered by all Ontario veterinarians in the care of their patients and in the practice of the profession. College publications are developed in consultation with the profession and describe current professional expectations. It is important to note that these College publications may be used by the College or other bodies in determining whether appropriate standards of practice and professional responsibilities have been maintained. The College encourages you to refer to the website (www.cvo.org) to ensure you are referring to the most recent version of any document. Food and Drugs Act Health of Animals Act Legislative Overview • Mandatory Reporting   13