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International Animal Export Regulations


Canada - Summary of Requirements (continued)


  • Honeybees - (Protocol for Hawaii) - April 2011 (pdf 17kb)
  • Honeybees - (Health Certificate for Hawaii) - April 2011 (pdf 32kb)
  • Honeybees - (Protocol for Cont. US) - February 2011 (pdf 15kb)
  • Honeybees - (Health Certificate for Cont. US) - February 2011 (pdf 41kb)


Effective January 1, 2012, all shipments of feeder and slaughter horses entering Canada from the United States by ground transportation will be required to proceed through designated ports of entry.  Shipments will only be accepted during the CFIA's regular hours of operation. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is implementing the new measures to verify that horses are being humanely transported in accordance with the Health of Animals Regulations.

Designated Border Ports of Entry for Feeder and Slaughter Horses Entering Canada from the United States can be found at: http://inspection.gc.ca/english/anima/trans/20111031inde.shtml

Effective January 31, 2010, Canada published (in their web site) new requirements and information for equine owners for equines intended to slaughter.

Due to contagious equine metritis (CEM) detection in the United States (US), an additional certification FOR LIVE HORSES (including Canadian horses returning to Canada but excluding horses for immediate slaughter) will be required on all U.S. export health certificates issued after January 19, 2009 and for Canadian horses exported to the U.S. after January 19, 2009 and returning on a Canadian health certificate.

The new certification statements are reflected in point 4 and 5 of the protocol. Please note that at the present moment, the import permit for the US origin horses is not required.


For Canadian horses returning to Canada on a Canadian health certificate, a supplemental certification document with the above mentioned requirements will be provided by the CFIA endorsing office when advised of intended return. The supplemental certification will need to be attached to the Canadian health certificate after completion and endorsed by USDA before return of the horse(s) to Canada. Canadian horses returning to Canada exported to the United States for exhibition or pleasure purposes require an Owner's Declaration included in the supplemental certification. The Owner's Declaration does not need to be endorsed by USDA.

Note: An Equine Certification Document signed by a Veterinarian accredited in the USA must accompany live equine imported from the USA for slaughter. Click here for the Equine Certification Document

May 30, 2014. Effective immediately, due to outbreak of VSV in Colorado and Texas, Canada is prohibiting the import of all horses from the States of Colorado and Texas. Canadian horses returning to Canada are allowed to return with additional certifications included on the new protocols posted below.

  • Horses - Protocol - July 2014 (pdf 43kb)*
  • Horses- Immediate Slaughter (Protocol) - July 2014 (pdf 80kb)*
  • Equine semen - Fillable health certificate - February 2009 (pdf 87kb)
  • Equine embryos - January 2009 (pdf 15kb)

* A health certificate for this commodity can also be generated through the Veterinary Export Health Certificate System (https://pcit.aphis.usda.gov/pcit/).


Canada is now implementing the following requirements for brucellosis in swine:

Brucellosis test requirements: Fluorescence Polarization Assay (FPA) or other test approved by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency for this purpose. The tests are performed in a laboratory that is approved to perform the test by the official veterinary service of the country of export. The results of the brucellosis test (including the type of test performed) are shown on the required health certificate for the animal to be imported.

A grace period until June 8th, 2011 is granted: export certificates issued during this period certifying new or old conditions are acceptable. ALL CERTIFICATES ISSUED AFTER JUNE 8TH, 2011 MUST CERTIFY THE NEW IMPORT CONDITIONS.

* A health certificate for this commodity can also be generated through the Veterinary Export Health Certificate System (https://pcit.aphis.usda.gov/pcit/).

Poultry and other Avian Species

  • Birds - (includes parrot family and song birds) (Protocol) - November 2011 (pdf 17kb)
  • Poultry and Hatching Eggs - (includes chickens, turkeys, game and exhibition fowl, pigeons, and their hatching eggs) (Protocol) - August 1992 (pdf 51kb)*

* A health certificate for this commodity can also be generated through the Veterinary Export Health Certificate System (https://pcit.aphis.usda.gov/pcit/).

Other Animals

Informative notes:

As of July 15, 2010, Canada is lifting its restrictions on entry of all rabbits (including pet rabbits) from the State of Minnesota. Rabbits from the United States are now authorized to enter Canada.


  • Cats - (Protocol) - June 1986 (pdf 3kb)
  • Dogs - (Protocol) - May 2003 (pdf 15kb)
  • Prairie Dogs - (Protocol) - April 2011 (pdf 13kb)

More information about pets can be found on Canadian Food Inspection Agency web site.


  • Camelids - Health Certificate - June 2012 (pdf 51kb)

For species not listed, the requirements are not known. However, exporters wanting to ship livestock or germplasm whose requirements are not listed in the IREGS, should have the interested party (importer/buyer) in the country of destination apply for an Import Permit at the appropriate ministry. This Import Permit will most likely outline the specific requirements.


Last Modified: August 8, 2014