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You may need permits, licences and approvals as an individual, business or institution to import, export or conduct domestic activities with food, plants, or animals in Canada.

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Are your goods or services most related to Plants, Food, or Animals?

  • Plants

    What is your request most related to?

    • Importing into Canada

      What plant products are you importing?

      • Plants for planting

        What type of plants?

        • Trees

          Are you importing fruit trees?

          • Yes I'm importing fruit trees
          • No I'm importing other types of trees
        • Greenhouse plants, ornamental shrubs and growing media
        • Grapevines, vines and berries
      • Seed

        What type of seed?

        • Seed
        • Seed potato
      • Plant parts and fresh branches
      • Forest products and wood packaging

        What type of forest products?

        • Sawn wood, bark, logs, lumber and pulpwood
        • Wood and bark chips
        • Firewood
        • Wood packaging and dunnage
        • Christmas trees
        • Handicrafts or decorative products
      • Fresh fruits, vegetables and nuts

        What type of fresh fruits, vegetables, or nuts?

        • Fresh fruits and nuts for consumption
        • Fresh vegetables, including root crops, for consumption
      • Grains and field crops

        Are your grains and field crops for planting?

        • Yes my grains and field crops are for planting
        • No my grains and field crops are not for planting
      • Potatoes, roots, tubers and ground crops
      • Soil, live insects, invasive species, plant pests, and vehicles, equipment or machinery
    • Move products within Canada

      What plant products are you moving?

      • Forest products and wood packaging

        What type of forest products?

        • Sawn wood, bark, logs, lumber and pulpwood
        • Firewood
        • Wood and bark chips
        • Wood packaging and dunnage
        • Christmas trees
        • Handicrafts or decorative products
      • Plants for planting

        What type of plants?

        • Trees

          Are you moving fruit trees?

          • Yes I'm moving fruit trees
          • No I'm moving other types of trees
        • Greenhouse plants, ornamental shrubs and growing media
        • Grapevines, vines and berries
      • Seed

        What type of seed?

        • Seed
        • Seed potato
      • Plant parts and fresh branches
      • Fresh fruits, vegetables and nuts

        What type of fresh fruits, vegetables or nuts?

        • Fresh fruits and nuts for consumption
        • Fresh vegetables, including root crops, for consumption
      • Grains and field crops
      • Potatoes, roots, tubers and ground crops

        What type of potatoes?

        • Potatoes for consumption
        • Seed potato for propagation
      • Soil, live insects, invasive species, plant pests, and vehicles, equipment or machinery
    • Join a certification program

      What products or facilities are most related to the certification program you'd like to join?

      • Forest products and wood packaging
      • Grains and field crops
      • Greenhouse and nursery
      • Potatoes

        What type of potatoes?

        • Potatoes for consumption
        • Seed potato for propagation
      • Plants, plant parts or horticulture
      • Plant pests and soil
      • Seed

        What type of seed?

        • Seed
        • Seed potato
    • Alternate Service Provider

      What products are related to the accreditation or service?

      • Forestry and wood products
      • Seed

        What type of seed?

        • Seed
        • Seed potato
      • Grains and field crops
      • Potatoes
    • Product registration and research

      What type of permission is your request most related to?

      • Plants with novel traits
      • Register your crop variety
      • Plant Breeders' Rights
      • Fertilizer
    • Export from Canada

      What plant products are you exporting?

      • Forest products and wood packaging
      • Grains and field crops
      • Plants for planting

        What type of plants?

        • Trees
        • Greenhouse plants, ornamental shrubs and growing media
        • Grapevines, vines and berries
      • Fertilizer
      • Potatoes, tubers and ground crops
      • Seed

        What type of seed?

        • Seed
        • Seed potato
  • Food

    What is your request most related to?

    • Safe Food Licence
    • An exemption to the Safe Food for Canadians regulations (SFCR)
    • Export from Canada
    • Join a certification program
    • Importing into Canada
  • Animals

    What is your request most related to?

    • Join a certification program
    • Livestock feeds
    • Veterinary biologics
    • Move products within Canada

      What type of animal or animal product are you moving?

      • Terrestrial (land-based) animals and products
      • Aquatic animals and products
    • Licence or permit to operate in Canada
    • Export from Canada

      What type of animal or animal product are you exporting?

      • Terrestrial (land-based) animals and products
      • Aquatic animals and products
    • Importing into Canada

      What type of animal or animal product are you importing?

      • Terrestial (land-based) animals, products and germplasm
      • Aquatic animals and products
      • Semen or embryos
      • Pathogens
      • Live insects and micro-organisms
      • Veterinary biologics
      • Livestock feeds
      • Pets
    • Become an accredited veterinarian or laboratory
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