Ontario will review laws governing exotic pets owned within the province.
Currently, the responsibility for dealing with exotic animals falls to individual municipalities, which each have their own bylaws and enforcement.
Tuesday, the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, and Ministry Natural Resources announced they would form a working group "to examine the current structure and whether any changes need to be made."
Last week, a 45-kilogram African rock python, which had escaped from its glass enclosure in an apartment above Reptile Ocean in Campbellton, N.B., killed Noah Barthe, 4, and his six-year-old brother, Connor in their sleep.
"The recent events in New Brunswick have touched many Ontario families who need to know that the rules are in place to help avoid such tragedies in our own province," the trio of Ontario ministries said in a joint statement issued Tuesday morning.
The Ontario government will seek input from what it called key stakeholders, including municipalities, and report back this fall with options for moving forward.
"The safety and well-being of all Ontarians is of greatest importance," the joint statement said.
Across Canada, regulations governing exotic pets vary widely, and animal welfare groups have long argued for stronger regulations. More....