Food, plant and animal inspections
Travelling with animals

Before heading to the border with an animal, make sure you are aware of Canadian import and travel requirements. The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officers will inspect and can refuse entry, confiscate or detain an animal if:

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is responsible for establishing import requirements for all animals, including domestic pets and non-traditional pets.

Visit importing or travelling with pets for more information.

The CFIA is also responsible for setting guidelines for the humane transport of all animals. To ensure all animals, including cats, dogs, exotics and reptiles, are transported safely, visit the CFIA webpage Protecting Pets When They Travel.

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Assistive, personal or commercial dogs

A personal import includes:

An assistive (service) dog is defined as a dog that provides a distinct, trained service to individuals who would otherwise be limited in their ability to perform certain tasks.

An assistive (service) dog is exempted from all import requirements if:

Your assigned assistive (service) dog is considered a commercial import if:

Imported “Commercial Dogs” include:

To determine if your dog falls under an assistive ‘service dog’, a ‘personal;’ or ‘commercial’ import, visit Travelling with your dog: import rules.

Check before you import your exotic pets

Travellers are responsible for determining if their pet is subject to CITES controls and ensuring that they possess the appropriate CITES permits/certificates for importing them into Canada. Exporting requirements for the pet of the exporting country must be met.

Visit Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) for more information.

Examples of exotic pets

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