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Maximum Quantity Limits for Personal Use Exemption

Requirements for the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations

Although the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) came into force on January 15, 2019, certain requirements may apply in 2020 and 2021 based on food commodity, type of activity and business size. For more information, refer to the SFCR timelines.

The sending or conveying from one province to another, or the import or export, of a food is considered to be an activity carried out solely for personal use if the food is not intended for commercial use and if the shipment of food in Column I is not more than the quantity that is set out in Column II.

Item Column I – Category of food Column II – Maximum quantity Table Note 1
1 Dairy products 20 kg (if measured by weight)
20 L (if measured by volume)
2 Eggs Table Note 2 5 dozen
3 Fish and seafood (other than dried fish and fish roe) 40 kg
4 Dried fish 10 kg
5 Fish roe 1 kg
6 Fresh fruits 20 kg
7 Fresh vegetables 20 kg
8 Honey 20 kg
9 Maple syrup 20 L
10 Maple products other than maple syrup 4 kg
11 Meat products, other than a carcass or a part of a carcass of a food animal that was hunted for personal use under an authorization issued by a competent authority Table Note 3 20 kg
12 Processed egg products 20 kg (if measured by weight)
20 L (if measured by volume)
13 Processed fruit products 20 kg (if measured by weight)
20 L (if measured by volume)
14 Processed vegetable products 20 kg (if measured by weight)
20 L (if measured by volume)
15 Non-alcoholic beverages 50 L
16 Water (commercially purchased, non-sparkling) 100L
No limit on tap water (refilled containers)
17 Confectionary, sweeteners, snack foods 20 kg (if measured by weight)
20 L (if measured by volume)
18 Bread, pastries, cakes, fruit pies, biscuits and baked goods 20 kg
19 Multi-ingredient foods 20 kg (if measured by weight)
20 L (if measured by volume)
20 Infant foods 20 kg (if measured by weight)
20 L (if measured by volume)
21 Fats 20 kg (if measured by weight)
20 L (if measured by volume)
22 Oils 50 L
23 Grain derived foods 20 kg (if measured by weight)
20 L (if measured by volume)
24 Dried products 20 kg
25 Condiments, dressings 20 kg (if measured by weight)
20 L (if measured by volume)
26 Nuts, grains, seeds 20 kg
27 All other food not mentioned above 20 kg (if measured by weight)
20 L (if measured by volume)

Table Notes

Table Note 1

Unless otherwise noted, the maximum quantity applies to the food in Column 1 that is sent or conveyed from one province to another, imported or exported. In all cases, the other requirements for personal use (in other words, not intended for commercial use and sent or conveyed, imported or exported by an individual, otherwise than in the course of business) apply.

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Table Note 2

There is no maximum quantity for purposes of sending or conveying eggs from one province to another for personal use.

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Table Note 3

Subject to any limits imposed under the authorization issued, there is no maximum quantity for the purposes of sending or conveying such a carcass or part of a carcass from one province to another for personal use, or for importing or exporting such carcass or part of a carcass for personal use.

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