Trade in protected species: relevant authorities

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) permitting is mainly administered within Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC), with some permitting delegated to other federal departments and to a few provinces and territories. They are responsible for issuing CITES permits for wildlife species harvested and exported from their jurisdictions.

CITES permitting


Environment Canada - CITES Canada

CITES Canada - Management Authority
Canadian Wildlife Service
Environment Canada
351, St. Joseph Blvd, PVM
Gatineau, QC K1A 0H3

Telephone: 1-855-869-8670
Fax: 1-855-869-8671

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Export only, for imports contact CITES Canada

Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO)
Telephone: 1-888-641-6464
Fax: 1-902-775-7100


Certain provinces and territories issue CITES permits on behalf of Environment Canada. CITES Canada headquarters issues the CITES permits for those provinces and territories that do not have a CITES permitting office. Please see below for the list of provinces/territories that issue CITES permits for export of species harvested in their territory.


How to buy or export wildlife parts and products 

British Columbia

Home page of FrontCounter BC

New Brunswick

CITES Export Permit (Wildlife)

Fish and Wildlife Branch
Department of Natural Resources
Government of New Brunswick
P.O. Box 6000
Fredericton, NB E3B 5H1

Telephone: 1-506-453-2189 or 1-506-453-3826
Fax: 1-506-453-6699

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