October 19, 2018 - Important precautions on travelling with cannabis

The Cannabis Act, which took effect on October 17, 2018, permits cannabis to be purchased, possessed and used for personal purposes within Canada. Please see the Department of Justice website for information on The Cannabis Act.

It is important to note that it continues to be illegal to travel across the Canadian border and internationally while possessing cannabis. Furthermore, holding a medical authorization for cannabis in any country, including Canada, does not grant the ability to take cannabis into or out of Canada. It is against the law to travel with cannabis when leaving or entering Canada and doing so can result in serious criminal penalties both at home and abroad.

Although you are permitted to possess cannabis when travelling on flights within Canada, please be aware that there could be potential situations where an aircraft is required to divert to an airport within the United States, in a jurisdiction where it is illegal to possess cannabis.

Please refer to the following Government of Canada webpages for information about travel with cannabis: