The federal requirements for animal transport are covered under the Health of Animals Regulations, Part XII. They are enforced by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) with the assistance of other federal, provincial and territorial authorities. Per the Health of Animals Regulations, each person responsible for transporting animals, or arranging for their transport, must ensure that no part of the transportation process causes injury or undue suffering to the animals. As these regulations may change over time, ensure that you have the most current information.
If you are responsible for loading, transporting or unloading animals, you must be familiar with, and follow, Canada’s animal transport requirements. Your vehicle is subject to inspection at any time. If you do not comply with the regulations, you could be fined or prosecuted. If your actions or neglect are considered animal abuse, you could also be charged and convicted under the Criminal Code of Canada and/or provincial legislation.
Livestock Manifests are occasionally available from our office. It is crucial that you travel with this as you could be subject to inspection.
For further information please take the time to read through pages 53 - 56 in the Equine Code of Practice.