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Avian influenza – permits and conditions needed for movement control

The Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food has declared primary control zones (PCZ) to prevent the spread of highly pathogenic avian influenza (H5N1) in Canada. As a result of this declaration, birds, their products and by-products, as well as things exposed to birds cannot be moved into, out of, within, or through PCZ except by permission. There are 2 permits available, a general permit and a specific permit.

The type of permit required will depend on whether you are located in a commercial PCZ or a non-commercial PCZ. You can verify if you are located in a PCZ and the type of PCZ using the listing of infected premises.

Domestic use (for personal use) and distribution of retail meat, meat products, fully cooked meat, egg product and processed egg are exempt from permitting requirements. The movement of pet birds within Canada, provided they are kept in a single household and have no direct or indirect contact with poultry, poultry facilities and other captive birds, is also exempt from permitting requirements.

Use the interactive tool below for information on the required permit along with conditions for the transportation of birds and by-products in the PCZ.

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Is your Movement into, out of, within, or through a Non-Commercial PCZ ONLY

  • Yes
  • + No

    What type of product are you moving?

    • + Live birds

      What type of live birds?

      • + Live birds to slaughter (for domestic use only)

        What type of movement involving a Commercial Primary Control Zone?

        • Out of or within the infected zone
        • Out of the restricted zone
        • Within the restricted zone
        • Into the infected zone
        • Into the restricted zone
        • Out of, within, or into a Security Zone
        • + Transit through an Infected Zone or Restricted Zone

          What is the product in transit for?

          • Export
          • Domestic destinations
        • + Transit through a Security Zone

          What is the product in transit for?

          • Domestic Destinations
          • Export
      • + Live birds from a commercial poultry farm (300 birds and more)

        What is your destination?

        • + To another farm

          What type of movement involving a Commercial Primary Control Zone?

          • Out of or within the infected zone
          • Out of the restricted zone
          • Within the restricted zone
          • Into the infected zone
          • Into the restricted zone
          • Out of, Within, or Into a Security Zone
          • Transit through the IZ, RZ or SZ
        • To an intermediate site (e.g.: broker, feed store) in the PCZ
        • + To an intermediate site (e.g.: broker, feed store) in the Free Zone

          What type of movement involving a Commercial Primary Control Zone?

          • Out of the infected zone
          • Out of the restricted zone
          • Out of the Security Zone
          • Transit through a PCZ
      • + Live birds from a non-commercial farm (1 to 300 birds)

        What is your destination?

        • To another farm out of or within the IZ or RZ
        • To an intermediate site (e.g.: broker, feed store) in the PCZ
        • To an intermediate site (e.g.: broker, feed store) in the Free Zone
        • To another farm out of or within the SZ
      • + Day-old poultry from hatchery

        Note: Day old poultry means chicks, poults, ducklings, goslings etc.

        What is your destination?

        • + To another farm

          What type of movement involving a Commercial Primary Control Zone?

          • Out of the infected zone
          • Within the infected zone
          • Out of the restricted zone
          • Within the restricted zone
          • Into the infected zone
          • Into the restricted zone
          • Out of, Within, or Into the Security Zone
          • Transit through a PCZ
        • To an intermediate site (e.g.: broker, feed store) in the PCZ
        • + To an intermediate site (e.g.: broker, feed store) in the Free Zone

          What type of movement involving a Commercial Primary Control Zone?

          • Out of the infected zone
          • Out of the restricted zone
          • Transit through a PCZ
    • + Eggs

      What type of eggs?

      • + Unwashed and ungraded table eggs or surplus hatching eggs from a farm premises to regulated egg grading station and/or breaking station

        What type of movement involving a Commercial Primary Control Zone?

        • Out of or within the infected zone
        • Out of or within the restricted zone
        • Into the infected zone
        • Into the restricted zone
        • Out of, Within, or Into the security zone
        • + Transit through a primary control zone

          What is the product in transit for?

          • Export
          • Domestic destinations
      • + Table eggs (washed and graded) or breaking stock from regulated egg grading station to further processing

        What type of movement involving a Commercial Primary Control Zone?

        • Out of or within the infected zone
        • Out of or within the restricted zone
        • Into the infected zone
        • Into the restricted zone
        • Out of, Within, or Into the security zone
        • + Transit through a primary control zone

          What is the product in transit for?

          • Export
          • Domestic destinations
      • + Movement of ungraded eggs sold on farm (Farm Gate Sales) or direct limited local sales (direct sales from farm at markets)

        What type of movement involving a Commercial Primary Control Zone?

        • Out of or within the infected zone
        • Out of or within the restricted zone
        • Out of or within the security zone
      • + Eggs to hatchery (for domestic use only)

        What type of movement involving a Commercial Primary Control Zone?

        • Out of or within the infected zone
        • Out of or within the restricted zone
        • Into the infected zone
        • Into the restricted zone
        • Out of or within the security zone
        • + Transit through a primary control zone

          What is the product in transit for?

          • Export
          • Domestic destinations
    • + Other poultry products, by-products and carcasses

      What type of other poultry products, by-products and carcasses?

      • + Fresh and frozen meat for further processing (for domestic use only)

        What type of movement involving a Commercial Primary Control Zone?

        • Out of or within the infected zone
        • Out of or within the restricted zone
        • Into the infected zone
        • Into the restricted zone
        • Out of, within, or into the security zone
        • + Transit through a primary control zone

          What is the product in transit for?

          • Export
          • Domestic destinations
      • + Fully cooked meat to regulated facility

        What type of movement involving a Commercial Primary Control Zone?

        • Out of or within the infected zone
        • Out of or within the restricted zone
        • Into the infected zone
        • Into the restricted zone
        • Out of, within, or into the security zone
        • + Transit through a primary control zone

          What is the product in transit for?

          • Export
          • Domestic destinations
      • + Egg product and processed egg to regulated facility

        What type of movement involving a Commercial Primary Control Zone?

        • Out of or within the infected zone
        • Out of or within the restricted zone
        • Into the infected zone
        • Into the restricted zone
        • Out of, within, or into the security zone
        • + Transit through a primary control zone

          What is the product in transit for?

          • Export
          • Domestic destinations
      • + Poultry by-products (offal, blood, bones) to a rendering facility

        What type of movement involving a Commercial Primary Control Zone?

        • Out of or within the infected zone
        • Out of or within the restricted zone
        • Into the infected zone
        • Into the restricted zone
        • Out of, within, or into the security zone
        • + Transit through a primary control zone

          What is the product in transit for?

          • Export
          • Domestic destinations
      • + Poultry by-products (offal, blood, bones) to an alternate disposal site approved by CFIA (non-rendering facility)

        What type of movement involving a Commercial Primary Control Zone?

        • Out of or within the infected zone
        • Out of or within the restricted zone
        • Into the infected zone
        • Into the restricted zone
        • Out of, within, or into the security zone
        • + Transit through a primary control zone

          What is the product in transit for?

          • Export
          • Domestic destinations
      • + Movement of Poultry Carcasses Resulting From Normal End of Production Depopulation From a Premises to a Rendering Facility or to a Disposal Site Approved by the CFIA

        What type of movement involving a Commercial Primary Control Zone?

        • Out of and within the infected zone
        • Out of and within the restricted zone
        • Into the infected zone
        • Into the restricted zone
        • Out of, within, and into the security zone
        • Transit through a Primary Control Zone
      • Movement of Poultry Carcasses resulting from Normal Mortality and Non-Saleable Egg Waste from a Premises to a Rendering Facility
      • + Movement of Poultry Carcasses resulting from Normal Mortality and Non-Saleable Egg Waste from a Premises to a Disposal Site (non-rendering) approved by the CFIA

        What type of movement involving a Commercial Primary Control Zone?

        • Out of and within the infected zone
        • Out of and within the restricted zone
        • Into the infected zone
        • Into the restricted zone
        • Out of, within, and into the security zone
        • Transit through a Primary Control Zone
      • + Poultry manure and litter

        What type of movement involving a Commercial Primary Control Zone?

        • Out of or within the infected zone
        • Out of or within the restricted zone
        • Into the infected zone
        • Into the restricted zone
        • Out of, within, into the security zone
        • Transit through a primary control zone
    • + Feed

      What type of feed?

      • Feed and feed ingredients from a feed mill, farm or other business with no poultry on-site to premises with poultry on-site
      • + Feed and feed ingredients from a poultry farm to another premises with poultry on-site

        What type of movement involving a Commercial Primary Control Zone?

        • Out of or within the infected zone
        • Out of or within the restricted zone
        • Into the infected zone
        • Into the restricted zone
        • Out of, within, into the security zone
        • Transit through a primary control zone
    • + Products for diagnostic or equipment

      What type of products?

      • Poultry diagnostic samples
      • Equipment, conveyances, service personnel entering a poultry premises

Assistance with permits and movement control permissions in PCZs

Alberta

For assistance with permits and movement control permissions in PCZs, commercial producers should contact their marketing board organization.

Small flock owners: contact the Alberta Ag-Info Centre at 310-3276 (in Alberta) or 403-742-7901 (out of province), 8 am to 5 pm MDT (Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays).

British Columbia

For assistance with permits and movement control permissions in PCZs, commercial producers should contact their marketing board organization.

Small flock owners: contact your Small Flock Hotline at 1-888-221-7141, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm PDT (Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays).

Manitoba

For assistance with permits and movement control permissions in PCZs, commercial producers should contact their marketing board organization.

Small flock owners: contact Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development at 204-945-7663, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm CDT (Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays) or by email at CVO-EOC-AI@gov.mb.ca.

New Brunswick

For assistance with permits and movement control permissions in the PCZ contact the CFIA at 506-851-2103, 8 am to 6 pm (AST), or email NB-AI-MovementControl@inspection.gc.ca

Ontario

For assistance with permits and movement control permissions in the PCZ, email cfia.ontmovementlicandpermits-deplacementlicenceetpermis.acia@inspection.gc.ca

Small flock owners: contact the Small Flock Information Line at 1-888-292-5856, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm EDT (Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays).

Québec

For assistance with permits and movement control permissions in primary control zones (PCZ), commercial producers should call their marketing board organization (association, federation, group) as listed below.

  • Les Éleveurs de volailles du Québec : 514-556-1679
  • La Fédération des producteurs d'œufs du Québec : 1-800-665-6383
  • Les Producteurs d'œufs d'incubation du Québec : 819-469-6704
  • L'Association québécoise des industries animales et céréalières (AQINAC) and Les Couvoiriers du Québec : 450-799-2440

Small and backyard flock owners should contact the Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation du Québec (MAPAQ) at permisZCPdeplacement@mapaq.gouv.qc.ca.

All stakeholders not affiliated with one of the associations mentioned above, must contact CFIA at cfia.QCControleDeplacementsPermis-MovementPermits.acia@inspection.gc.ca

Saskatchewan

For assistance with permits and movement control permissions in PCZs, commercial producers should contact their marketing board organization.

Small flock owners: contact the Saskatchewan Agriculture Knowledge Centre at 1-866-457-2377 or 306-694-3727, 8 am to 5 pm CST (Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays).

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