As reported by on May 14th, Health Canada has plans to drastically increase the cost of veterinary drugs in Canada next year.

Equestrian Canada (EC) would like to inform the equestrian community on EC’s position regarding Health Canada’s proposed increase to service fees for the review and maintenance of veterinary drugs, effective April 2019.

In December 2017, EC was approached by the Canadian Animal Health Institute (CAHI) to provide comments to Health Canada regarding how the proposed changes would affect the Canadian equestrian industry.

EC staff collaborated with CAHI, the EC Health & Welfare Committee, as well as Canadian veterinarians to create a statement that was submitted to Health Canada on Jan. 3, 2018.

The statement begins:

“Equestrian Canada, in consultation with the Equine Health and Welfare Committee has reviewed the proposed changes and is concerned with the implications that would arise from the proposed changes in fees; and the negative impact these changes may have on equine health and welfare in Canada. The higher fees would severely impact access to products in the Canadian market and result in increased costs for the few licensed veterinary products that remain available…” Click here to read the entire statement.

Questions and comments regarding EC’s statement to Health Canada can be directed to:

Kristy House
Manager, Welfare and Identification
Equestrian Canada
[email protected]
1-866-282-8395 x 120