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Criteria for quarantine facilities for commercial dogs less than 8 months of age (breeding, show/exhibition (permanent stay), and resale/adoption end uses) entering Canada by air

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April 11, 2003

Importers of commercial dogs less than 8 months of age under the breeding, show/exhibition (permanent stay), and resale/adoption end uses are required to secure a post-import quarantine facility that has been pre-approved by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).

This requirement applies to imports from all countries entering Canada by air.

All new quarantine facilities must be approved by the CFIA prior to the issuance of an import permit. Previously approved quarantine facilities must be re-approved by the CFIA on an annual basis or anytime there are significant changes.

The CFIA must conduct an on-site inspection before the issuance of an import permit or, if the importer imports on a regular basis, at least once every 3 months.

The complete CFIA approval process for new and annual approvals of quarantine facilities will not be required between importations unless specific issues were noted/reported during previous importations, there have been significant changes to the facility (such as location) or the yearly facility approval has expired.

Importers are responsible for immediately reporting any changes to the quarantine facility to the CFIA.

An import permit will not be issued until the quarantine facility has been approved by the CFIA, including confirmation of the animal capacity and availability of the facility.

Facility location, availability and accessibility

The quarantine facility must:

Facility staff

Facility security

Facility construction and biosecurity

Dog kennels/Pens


Waste handling/Disposal




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