Ontario Making Patios More Dog Friendly in Vaughan-Woodbridge

Published on November 25, 2019

Removing Unnecessary Barriers for Restaurants - Government Seeking PUBLIC SECTOR FEEDBACK until November 27

Woodbridge — Ontario is giving consumers more choice and helping businesses stay competitive by reducing unnecessary regulatory burdens, while maintaining public health and safety.
The Ontario government is proposing to allow restaurants the option to allow dogs on their patios and in areas where low-risk foods like pre-packaged foods, fresh fruit and snacks are sold alongside beer, wine and spirits.

“Certain rules create unnecessary barriers for local businesses to truly meet the needs of their customers and limit choice for consumers,” said Michael Tibollo MPP for Vaughan-Woodbridge. “While protecting the health and safety of Ontarians will always be our key priority, the proposed changes to allow dogs on restaurant patios and areas where low-risk foods are served will better align Ontario to other provinces and jurisdictions while making it easier for dog owners to enjoy a meal out on the patio.”

Currently, pet owners are limited to restaurants and patios that have leash friendly railing nearby. These proposed changes would make it easier and more enjoyable for dog owners to have a meal out and provide greater flexibility for business owners. If passed, this change will come into effect January 1, 2020.

The Ontario government is seeking public and sector feedback on the proposed regulations changes until November 27.

This is part of Ontario’s thoughtful and targeted approach to reduce regulatory burdens across several sectors, including farming, trucking, construction, health care and restaurants. It will provide direct benefits to people in their everyday lives, while also making it easier to do business, create jobs and grow wages.

Quick Facts
 Currently, the Food Premises Regulation under the Health Protection and Promotion Act does not allow any (except in limited circumstances) live animals to be present in any rooms of food premises where food is prepared, packaged or served.

 The Ontario government has taken more than 100 actions to modernize and streamline regulations, reducing overlap with the federal government and municipalities, updating old requirements and simplifying complicated rules.

 Ontario’s Open for Business Action Plan has set a target of reducing the cost of complying with regulations affecting businesses by $400 million annually by 2020 to help business keep, grow and create good jobs.