Proposal: Toronto Dogs Allowed to Dine Out with Owners - We need Your Help

Are you a fellow dog owner who lives in Ontario? Yes…ok keep reading!

How would you like to dine out with your dog for brunch, dinner and maybe even a bite to eat and a drink? This is almost a reality as I am writing this post in early November 2019.

Currently in Ontario

Currently, the Food Premises Regulation does not, subject to limited exceptions, allow live animals in any room where food is prepared, processed, packaged, served, transported, manufactured, handled, sold, offered for sale or displayed.

The Toronto dog community has been frustrated at the lack of pet-friendly places to take their dogs due to this regulation. If you travel across the U.S border you will find many establishments welcoming our furry friends and they even have a menu tailored to dogs.

dogs on patios

Let’s Make Toronto Pet Friendly

However, on October 28th, a News Release from the Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade outlined 80 proposals that the Ontario government is taking action to make life easier for people and for businesses. Empowering people and getting out of the way of businesses are key to creating good jobs, growing wages and increasing our standard of living.

As part of the news release, it included allowing restaurant business owners and operators to make their own decision whether they should allow dogs on patio and in some cases inside restaurants.

Restaurant owners and operators will be allowed to decide for themselves whether to let their customers bring a dog with them on a patio. This will also apply to indoor eating areas at sites where beer, wine, cider or spirits are made, and where only beverages and certain types of low-risk food are served. This proposal will make it easier and more enjoyable for dog owners to have a meal out

When the news broke in Toronto that dog owners will have the possibility to dine out with their fur baby’s there were cheers of positivity and excitement.

We heard that today and couldn’t believe our ears!! It’s about time!! ???? @jackson_the_corgidor

Such an exciting possibility!! I hope it passes ????✨ @goodboy_waco

Hooman is going to be 15/10 excited ???? @poopydoodledo


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The Proposed Amendment

The ministry is proposing an exemption that will allow food premise operators the discretion to permit dogs in outdoor eating areas of food premises (i.e., cafes, restaurants, pubs and breweries, grocery store patios).

The ministry is also proposing an exemption to allow dogs in a food premise where only pre-packaged or low-risk food items, or both, are manufactured, processed, prepared, stored, handled, displayed, distributed, transported, sold or offered for sale, provided the dogs are in an area of the food premise where food is served, sold, offered for sale or displayed.


Fellow Toronto Dog Owners, let’s make this a reality that we can dine out with our dogs. We need your help to get this amendment passed, as a community if we come together we can take action.

As dog owners living in Toronto, Ontario we are invited to give our feedback by November 27th 2019.

We can provide online by clicking the link below. I have created an email where you can just copy and paste or simply create your own message that outlines your support for this amendment.

Click Here to Register Your Support

If you receive an error click the link below to register support.

Message to Copy & Paste

This is my declaration in support of the proposed amendments to the Food Premises Regulation 493/17 under the Health Protection and Promotion Act (19-HLTC030). As a member of the dog community-based in Toronto, I would love the opportunity to be able to enjoy Toronto with my dog. We love to explore our great city but having limitations in where we can go and what we can do together. To be able to go and dine with my dog on a patio after our walk or hike will hugely increase the amount of support we can provide to local restaurants in the city and beyond. Having the option to dine out with my dog will increase our patronage to local businesses.

Next Steps

Share this article with all your friends and ask them to support this amendment so we can all live a better life with our dogs and help support local restaurants.