The Mattawa & Area Community Safety Well-Being Plan 

Please refer to the MunicipalDog By-Law below.  Staff are on site during regular office hours , Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to answer any calls relating to the application of this By-Law. 

Dog By-Law 2007-013   

Dog Licenses
The Municipality of Calvin’s dog by-law requires all dogs must have a Municipality of Calvin dog tag, which can be obtained at the Municipal Office, in person Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m. to 4:-00 p.m. with the exception of statuatory holidays, emergency closures.

  • Dog tags are issued free of charge for the lifetime of the dog.
  • Dog tags are not transferrable.
  • Replacement tags are available free of charge in the event a tag becomes lost or destroyed.

Nuisance Dogs
A dog shall be deemed a nuisance in the following circumstances:

  • If the dog persistently cries, howls or barks
  • if the dog causes damage to municipal property or private property
  • if the dog interferes with dumps or scatters garbage or trash
  • if the dog persistently chases or intimidates pedestrians using public or private paths, roads or sidewalks adjacent to the property where the dog is kept or harboured

Every owner shall:

  • cause his/her dog(s) to be kept under restraint at all times
  • Not permit a dog(s) to be at large at any time
  • Not permit a dog(s) to trespass on municipal or private property

Seizure of Dogs

  1. A Municipal Staff may enter upon any public or private property with the consent of the owner or tenant of the property for the seizure of any dog(s) running at large.
  2. Where an injured dog is seized it shall be destroyed without delay, for humane reasons or for reasons of safety to other persons or animals.
  3. In such cases, no damages or compensation shall be recoverable on account of this action.
  4. Any dog running at large may be recovered by Municipal Staff.
  5. The dog shall be transported by Municipal Staff and impounded at the North Bay & District Humane Society.

Redemption of Impounded Dog

  • a registered dog wearing a tag - the owner shall be notified of the impoundment of their dog
  • a dog not wearing a tag - the Municipality is not be responsible for the owner being notified of the dog's impoundment.
  • all dog recovery costs post impoundment are the responsiblity of the owner.


Any person who contravenes any provision of this by-law is guilty of an offence and on conviction is liable to a fine, penalty or order as provided for in the Provincial Offences Act or in the Municipal Act.