Quebec’s Accredited Zoos and Aquariums Need Guidance: Expected new Quebec lockdown measures need to account for zoo animal welfare

(January 5, 2021) – Quebec media reports today indicate residents in the Province of Quebec can expect the provincial government to announce that effective Saturday, January 9, 2021, enhanced province-wide lockdown measures, including a curfew, will be in place. The official announcement is expected on Wednesday, January 6th.

“Canadian accredited zoos and aquariums, seven of which are in the province of Quebec, have an added responsibility like no other business or park, animal welfare,” said Jim Facette, Executive Director of Canada’s Accredited Zoos and Aquariums (CAZA). Clarification on how these expected new measures will be vital as CAZA accredited facilities plan their animal welfare programs for the next 4 to 6 weeks.

During the summer and autumn months of 2020 accredited zoos and aquariums in Quebec proved they can operate in a safe manner respecting all necessary public health protocols. It was CAZA’s seven Quebec member facilities that collaborated with the Government of Quebec to develop the reopening protocols.

During the pandemic, many of the seven Quebec accredited zoos and aquariums have used digital platforms to keep the visiting public updated on animal activities.


About CAZA:

 CAZA is the voice of zoos and aquariums in Canada. We are the leading organization in Canadian animal welfare standards development, our accreditation process includes expert standards set by leading researchers, biologists, and academia who ensure we reflect the latest in animal welfare research, organizational management, and public safety protocols.  Through a science-based approach, CAZA’s accreditation bridges the ethical concerns with conservation and the public interest.


Jim Facette
Executive Director
Mobile: 613 850-2669


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