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Notice to industry – Listing of susceptible aquatic animal species

March 31, 2021

Import controls, based on sound science, are important to prevent the introduction into and spread of disease within Canada. As part of ongoing efforts to modernize regulations, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) will be incorporating by reference the list of susceptible aquatic species in Schedule III of the Health of Animals Regulations. This means the list will now become a separate document that is posted on the CFIA website and referenced in the regulations. The amendment will allow the CFIA to ensure that species listed in the Health of Animals Regulations as requiring a permit for import into Canada are consistent with the species listed in the international standards.

Effective March 31, 2021, 12 species will be added to the susceptible species list (species susceptible to regulated diseases), and 7 species will be removed because they are no longer considered susceptible to a disease listed by the CFIA. The list will be reviewed annually in accordance with changes to the listing in the World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH; founded as Office International des Épizooties (OIE)) Aquatic Animal Health Code, and based on the latest science. Any changes will be completed in compliance with the CFIA Incorporation by Reference Policy.

Import requirements

All aquatic animals listed as susceptible species:

Import permits contain requirements that apply to the importer in Canada as well as the disease-related requirements that must be undertaken in the exporting country.

Additional information

Contact information

Joanne Constantine
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
59 Camelot Drive
Ottawa, ON  K1A 0Y9
Phone: 1-855-212-7695

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