The Canadian government has passed the Budget Implementation Act (Bill C-47), which officially bans cosmetics animal testing and trade in Canada.
Recently, the Canadian government officially banned cosmetics animal testing and trade by passing the Budget Implementation Act (Bill C-47). Along with the ban on animal testing, the amendments also prohibit the sale of cosmetics that rely on new animal testing data to establish their safety, as well as false or misleading labeling related to animal testing.
These changes align Canada with other countries and regions that have also banned animal testing for cosmetics and reflect a growing global trend towards ethical and cruelty-free practices in the beauty industry. Companies will need to find alternative methods to ensure that their cosmetic products are safe for human use without relying on animal testing.
As reported earlier, the ban on animal testing for cosmetics in Canada comes after more than eight years of discussions on the topic, which has been criticized for the delay. The passing of Bill C-47 is a significant step toward promoting animal welfare and ethical practices in the beauty industry.
Canada is now following in the footsteps of Mexico, which passed a similar ban on animal testing for cosmetics in 2021, becoming the first country in North America to do so. With this new legislation, Canada joins a growing list of countries that have already banned or restricted cosmetics animal testing, including the European Union, United Kingdom, India, South Korea, Taiwan, New Zealand, Australia, Brazil, and 43 other countries.
Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health, Government of Canada, said: “Testing cosmetics on animals is both cruel and unnecessary. That is why we are proud to move forward on our promise to ban cosmetic animal testing and trade. Protecting animals now and in the future is something many Canadians have been advocating for and now, we can all be assured that cosmetics in Canada are cruelty-free, and we will continue to take all necessary measures to improve animal welfare.”