Support the bill to allow companion animals in all housing in Quebec

For years, the Montreal SPCA has been calling for the abolition of no-pet clauses in housing, as is the case in Ontario and France.

On June 7, 2022, a petition initiated by the Montreal SPCA on this subject was presented to the National Assembly by MNA Manon Massé. Although the petition collected 33,157 signatures, it unfortunately “died on the order paper”.

On May 25, 2023, a historic step was taken in this fight, with the introduction of the first-ever bill by Québec solidaire to render no-pet clauses ineffective in housing leases.

Now is the time for the public to mobilize in support of this bill and ensure that tenants can live in housing with their animal anywhere in Quebec.

Make your voice heard to keep families together!

Send this letter to your MNA and to the Minister responsible for Housing, Ms. France-Élaine Duranceau, to express your support for Bill 494, An Act to amend the Civil Code to render without effect the clauses of a lease of a dwelling tending to prohibit companion animals.


Throughout the year, more than one animal per day ends up being abandoned at the Montreal SPCA due to a move, notwithstanding the hundreds of calls the SPCA receives from people who have difficulty finding a pet-friendly home.

Responsible animal guardians, who love and care for their companion, are often forced to part with them simply because they cannot find animal-friendly and affordable rental housing. No-pet clauses in residential leases have devastating effects, not only on the families who find themselves unable to keep their animal, but on the animals themselves.

The scarcity of animal-friendly housing is a concern for the Montreal SPCA as moving season approaches, particularly in light of the increase in rents, in addition to the general increase in the cost of living. No-pet clauses disproportionately affect low-income families, who have more limited housing opportunities. 

With 52% of Quebec households having a companion animal, finding an affordable animal-friendly home is proving to be extremely difficult. Yet, only 4.2% of landlords allow dogs without any restrictions, despite the fact that 25% of Québec households include a dog as one of their members. 

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