Bringing animals to Canada: Importing and travelling with pets
If you are travelling with a pet or planning to import an animal to Canada, you will need the right paperwork at the border to meet Canada's import requirements. If you don't, you risk experiencing delays at the border and your animal may not be allowed into Canada.
Canada has specific import requirements in place to avoid introducing animal diseases to protect its people, plants and animals.
- Information for individuals thinking of buying or adopting a dog, dog breeders and rescue organizations
All import requirements must be met before an animal is imported
If an animal arriving in Canada does not meet the import requirements, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) will follow up and typically will order the animal be removed from Canada.
Depending on the specifics of the situation an investigation may be triggered.
The CFIA may also pursue enforcement actions that are proportional to the seriousness of the non-compliance, such as letters of non-compliance, administrative monetary penalties (AMPs) and possibly prosecution.
Find out what you need before you travel with your pet or import an animal.
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