The Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council began its operations in the
United States on December 7, 1971. The purpose was to put together a concerted
effort to defeat proposed changes to legislation affecting the transport of live
animals. Today the PIJAC acronym is recognized around the world as a leading
authority for the pet industry in areas such as education, information and
PIJAC USA has been instrumental in bringing the international recognition the
movement presently enjoys. From this original organization, other PIJAC
associations have emerged in Australia, New Zealand and Europe. The on-going
need for sharing of information and resources has in addition resulted in the
creation of IPAC, the International Pet Advisory Council, of which PIJAC Canada
is a founding member.
PIJAC Canada became a recognized legal entity in March of 1988. As with PIJAC
USA, the association came about as a result of the need for industry
representation on legislative issues, initially at the municipal level and later
at provincial and national levels. At that time, other existing pet trade
associations were asked to join PIJAC Canada. This established PIJAC Canada as
the unified voice of the Canadian pet industry.
Since its inception, PIJAC Canada has experienced tremendous growth, both in
its membership base and in the services it offers to the industry at large. With
its 6 regional divisions, PIJAC Canada has continued to build the support from
its members as well as its credibility through its actions in three key areas:
PIJAC Canada develops policies and guidelines on key pet industry issues and
informs its members of all the latest legislative and industry developments
through its publications, newsletters, updates, policies, guidelines, seminars
and trade shows.
PIJAC Canada offers continuing education and programs that are specifically
designed to meet the needs of pet industry professionals. These include training
in pet care, husbandry and behaviour, retail store certification and business
training for pet retail owners and staff.
PIJAC Canada effectively represents the interests and concern of its members
at all levels of government, on many issues that have an impact on their
day-to-day operations, such as responsible pet ownership, breed bans, imports of
pets and pet food products and animal health.
As a result of the continued support of its members and, in an effort to
respond to the Canadian pet industry’s ever-changing needs and challenges, PIJAC
Canada continues to grow and evolve as a strong, unique, national organization.