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Response to detections of H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in Canada 2021 to 2023

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is currently responding to cases of H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in farmed birds across Canada.

This serves as a strong reminder that avian influenza (bird flu) is spreading across the globe, and that anyone with birds must practice good biosecurity habits to protect poultry and prevent disease.

Restriction on trade of live birds, bird products and by-products

Travelers can refer to the following website for information on bringing live poultry and birds (including pet birds) and some poultry products into Canada. Commercial importers should refer to the CFIA's Automated Import Reference System (AIRS) for required documentation, and the list of zones affected by HPAI in the United States.

Restrictions on export of live birds, bird and poultry products and by-products

Restrictions on export of live birds, bird products and by-products from places in Canada affected by HPAI.

HPAI is not a food safety concern

There is no evidence to suggest that eating cooked poultry or eggs could transmit HPAI to humans.

If you suspect your birds have HPAI

Contact a veterinarian to determine if further action is needed, or your nearest CFIA Animal Health office.

Anyone who finds a sick or dead wild bird is encouraged to contact the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative (CWHC).

Services and information

Status of ongoing response

Information on HPAI investigations by province, including the estimated number of birds impacted and control zone orders.

Highly pathogenic avian influenza zones: Map

Find out if you are located in a HPAI zone.

Permits and conditions needed for movement control

Permits required for the movement of birds, their products and by-products through a control zone.

Animal health compensation

What to expect when an animal is ordered destroyed.

Avian influenza (bird flu)

General information about avian influenza and fact sheets about reducing the spread of the disease.

Join the AI response

Find out how you can become a part of the response.

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