The following information is not a comprehensive explanation of the provincial or federal regulations for importing and
exporting wildlife. It is meant only as a guide.
Under federal and provincial legislation, each wildlife species is classified into a different category. Each category has
different requirements for import/export permits and procedures. To find out which category the type of wildlife you wish
to import falls into and which permits are required, contact your nearest Fish and Wildlife Division district office.
News Releases and Information Bulletins
Environment and Parks
Controlled Animals- Feb 20, 2015 (19 pages, <1 MB)
The department of Environment and Parks manages Alberta’s fish and wildlife resources and leads the process to manage the possession
and sale of live exotic wildlife species. Other involved partners include the department of Justice and Solicitor General, Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Branch
and Alberta Health.
Species or groups of species are listed as controlled animals if they pose public safety or ecological concerns. These include animals with toxins or behaviours
which endanger people, are likely to cause damage to native species and their habitats, present a risk of disease, or otherwise are liable to cause economic damage
to agricultural or environmental resources and result in a reduction or loss of recreational or economic opportunities that rely on the use of native species and
Live controlled animals may not be possessed or sold in Alberta. The only exceptions are for specific and limited numbers of controlled animals if they are pre-approved
for possession by permitted zoos or research facilities.
Through successive amendments to the Alberta Wildlife Regulation over the years, efforts have been made to refine the list of species on the controlled animal
list to best reflect the current known taxonomic listing and to reflect the discovery of additional species. The controlled animal list in the Alberta Wildlife
Regulation was last updated in 2013.
- Fish & Wildlife Office Contacts
Contact a Fish and Wildlife officer for advice.
- Fisheries & Wildlife Management Area Contacts
For information and advice about importing fish, see the Fisheries Management Area Contacts Map.
Non-licence Animals- Feb 20, 2015 (2 pages, <1 MB)
Information and listing of Non-licence Animals in Alberta.
- Research Licences & Permits
More about applying for a research permit.
- Zoo Standards
Provincial zoo standards and how to apply for a zoo permit.
Other Government of Alberta
For information about importing fish eggs for the purposes of raising fish, visit the Agriculture and Forestry website at:
Government of Canada
To learn more about federal regulations on animal and animal product imports and exports, visit the Canadian Food Inspection
Agency website at:
For more about inspections of animals crossing the Canadian border, visit the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) website
To contact the CBSA, refer to:
The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) sets controls on the international
trade and movement of animals or plants deemed adversely affected by excessive commercial use.
For information about federal CITES permits, call 1 800 668-6767, or visit the Environment Canada website at:
United States and International
To learn more about importing and exporting wildlife and wildlife parts between Canada and the U.S. visit the U.S. Fish
& Wildlife Service website at:
Updated: Jul 21, 2015