Important Information on Bringing Items Into Canada

Important Information on Bringing Items Into Canada

For more information making sure you are prepared with all documents and requirements to visit Canada, BE SURE to visit the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) at:

** Ensure that you have proper identification for you and your family readily available. Acceptable forms of identification for entry into Canada include a passport, a NEXUS card and an enhanced driver’s licence


You can bring money into Canada in different forms. When you arrive, you must tell a border official if you are carrying more than C$10,000 (per family if travelling as a family). If you bring more than C$10,000 (or the equivalent in another currency) per family or as single traveller into Canada, you must declare the amount when you arrive.

The Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) has the right to seize any money over C$10,000 that is not declared, and you may need to pay a fine or face other penalties if you fail to declare money above the threshold.

You can bring money into Canada in the form of:

  • Cash
  • Securities in bearer form (for example, stocks, bonds, debentures, treasury bills)
  • Negotiable instruments in bearer form (for example, bank drafts, cheques, travellers’ cheques, money orders)
  • Transfer of funds between your bank and a Canadian bank



** They will not be permitted at any venue and may be seized at the point of entry into Canada by the Canadian Border Services Agency Officers. This INCLUDES Tasers.

Food, Plant and Animal Products:

Before you travel, you MUST verify the requirements for products you can bring into Canada.  Did you know that there are many food, plant and animal products that are NOT allowed or, require you to DECLARE on your Customs Declaration Card at the point of entry?

For a COMPLETE list of products NOT allowed, or requirements for products that are allowed, visit the CBSA website, We have included a small list below for your quick reference; however, this list is not comprehensive of all the requirements for importing Food, Plant and Animal products.

If you do not declare the products you bring, you are liable for a large fine, and the products being seized at the Border.

For the COMPLETE list, visit:

Baked Goods &



•No goods containing meat

•Up to 20 kilograms per person

Dairy Cheese: ◦up to 20 kilograms per person

◦Please note that quantities in excess of $20.00 may be subject to high rates of duty. The CBSA is responsible for determining customs and duties for items coming into Canada.



•Milk products (whey, cream, skim milk, butter oil, and so on)

•In these forms: dried, frozen, reconstituted, or fresh

Fish &


•All species except pufferfish

When importing a susceptible aquatic animal species, an import permit will not be required when importing individual maximums of each of the following commodities of aquatic animals:

•10 dead finfish that are not eviscerated

•4 crustaceans with head on shell on

•3 kilograms of molluscs

Fruits &


Dried, Frozen or Canned  

•Up to 20 kilograms per person


•May be subject to regulations in the province of destination

•Depending on the country of origin, entry may be severely restricted or prohibited

•Must be free of all growing media, soil and/or related matter

When products are permitted, there is a maximum limit of

•15 packages or fewer

•weight not to exceed 250 kilograms per person

Meat A maximum of 20 kg of cooked, commercially prepared, commercially sterile, and shelf-stable (i.e. safe at room temperature) meat in hermetically sealed packaging may be imported per person. The packages must have identifying marks, indicating the product and the country of origin. Hermetically sealed packaging includes glass jars and cans, semi-rigid disposable serving dishes for ready-to-eat meals, and retort pouches. Fresh, dried, and cured meats are not permitted. If the meat is of bovine, ovine, or caprine origin (beef, lamb/mutton, or goat) it may only be imported from countries of negligible risk for Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (mad cow)



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