The Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC) is responsible for setting, maintaining, and overseeing the implementation of high standards for animal ethics and care in science throughout Canada.
It was created in 1968 and is an independent, non-profit organization, acting in the interests of the Canadian people. More than 2,000 expert volunteers serving on 225 local animal care committees (ACCs) help fulfill CCAC’s mandate and deliver its programs in institutions across Canada. Also comprised of expert volunteers, the CCAC’s governing Board of Directors is nominated and elected by CCAC’s 22 member organizations, which reflect a wide range of interests, concerns and objectives surrounding animal-based science in Canada.
The CCAC is financed primarily by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), with additional contributions from federal science-based departments and agencies, as well annual program participation fees paid by CCAC-certified institutions participating in its programs.