Meat Inspection Program

This Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) site includes information on regulations, plant procedures, plant audits and additional resources about meat inspection in Ontario.

What's New?

Following a consultation conducted in the spring of 2013, changes were made to Ontario Regulation 31/05 (Meat). The changes were filed on Friday, October 25, 2013 and will be effective as of January 1, 2014. This initiative is part of the Open for Business strategy and reduces regulatory burden on businesses while continuing to protect the public interest.

The changes support food safety for the public; clarify that OMAFRA's role is the inspection of slaughter plants and freestanding meat plants that conduct higher risk processing or significant product distribution; and make it easier for businesses to comply with the regulation. In addition, animal welfare continues to be a key focus and priority, therefore changes were made to improve animal handling and care standards at slaughter plants.

Changes to Ontario Regulation 223/05 (Fees) have also been made to reflect the ministry's current practices in charging supplementary inspection fees (i.e. allowing an additional half hour for transition from pre-slaughter to post-slaughter inspection without charge and clarifying that licensees receive one free day of supplementary inspection per year).

Interprovincial Trade Pilot Project initiative to help provincial meat plants meet federal hygiene standards for interprovincial trade

About the Meat Inspection Program


Information for...

Meat Plant Guidelines explain regulatory requirements in the Meat Regulation.

e-Laws access to Ontario's official statutes and regulations

Hearing Process, Charges and Convictions by OMAFRA

Infosheets related to provincially licensed meat plants


Ontario's acts, regulations, and resources for provincially licensed meat plants

Canada's acts, regulations, and resources

For more information:
Toll Free: 1-877-424-1300
Author: OMAFRA Staff
Creation Date: 16 June 2011
Last Reviewed: 20 June 2018