A single infected bird could introduce harmful animal diseases to Canada that could affect the health of our poultry, pets and wild birds. Two of these diseases are Avian Influenza and Newcastle Disease.
There are import restrictions on live birds, poultry, eggs, feathers, meat and other bird products. These items need to be declared when entering Canada.
Do your part to protect the health of our poultry, pets and wild birds, and reduce the chance of diseases entering the country.
Travellers who want to bring live birds into Canada need to find out what is required well in advance.
Import guidelines for pet birds can be found at the following links:
The importation of birds into Canada is also subject to the control of the Canadian Wildlife Service (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species - (CITES).
The CFIA and Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council of Canada (PIJAC) work together for responsible commercial pet imports and sales.
If you witness bird smuggling at a Canadian border crossing or airport, report it immediately to a Canada Border Services Agency officer.
To provide information concerning bird smuggling at other times, call the Canada Border Services Agency at 1-888-502-9060 / TTY: 1-866-335-3237.