City of Toronto Contemplates Eliminating Pet Licensing (Cats & Dogs)


The City of Toronto hired KPMG consultants to generate a report listing potential savings for the City of Toronto.

One suggestion of the KPMG’s report is to eliminate cat and dog licensing, which falls under the Licensing and Standards Committee (LSC), which overlooks enforcement and animal care.

The effectiveness of Pet Licensing in the City of Toronto has caused many people over the years to scratch their collective heads.  It is a well known fact, that most cats and dogs in private residences are not licensed – 90 % of all cats are not licensed and 70 % of dogs are not licensed.

These programs cost taxpayers almost $2 million ($1.9 million) with only $600,000.00 being collected.

The industry does require oversight, but pet licensing is one the aspects that could be easily scrapped.

Animal licensing (from the City of Toronto website):

The Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 349, requires that all dogs and cats owned in the City of Toronto must be licensed and wearing a tag. By licensing your dog or cat, Animal Services will make every effort to reunite you with your pet.

Toronto Animal Services offers reduced fee opportunities for cat and dog owners. Failure to license your cat or dog each year may result in a $240.00 ticket. If you are taken to court under the current law, the maximum penalty is a $5,000.00 fine. Be a responsible owner, license your pet today!                                                                                                                                                  

One Year FeeDogCat
Male/Female, Unaltered$60.00$50.00
Male/Female, Sterilized $25.00$15.00
Personal AssistanceNo FeeN/A
Replacement Tag (includes applicable taxes)$ 3.39$ 3.39
Male/Female, Unaltered Pet of Senior Citizen$30.00$25.00
Male/Female, Sterilized Pet of Senior Citizen$12.50$7.50


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