CFIA statement on new import restrictions for commercial dogs imported from Ukraine


July 6, 2020 – Ottawa, Ontario

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) takes its mandate for protecting animal welfare very seriously.

Following the CFIA's investigation into a large shipment of puppies from Ukraine, the CFIA has decided to cancel import permits for all commercial puppies under 8 months of age from Ukraine.

Effective July 6, 2020, the CFIA will no longer issue new permits for the importation of commercial dogs under 8 months of age from Ukraine.

The CFIA's decision is based on investigation findings of possible failures to comply with import requirements, including animal welfare concerns. These actions will remain in effect until the CFIA is satisfied that import conditions and international transport standards are in place and that animals will travel safely in the future.

Update as of May 15, 2021

Commercial dogs less than 8 months of age can be imported from Ukraine when they are in compliance with the updated import requirements that came into effect on May 15, 2021.


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