Travelling with Animals

Your Pets

At Canadian North, our first priority is your animal's safety and comfort.

Our expert personnel have handled many different kinds of animals. Their years of expertise in the transportation of live animals are at your disposal from the moment your pet boards the plane at our cargo terminal to the time it leaves the destination airport. 

Animal Transport

When travelling with your animal, as checked baggage on a Canadian North ticket, there is a one-way $100/kennel charge for transporting animals regardless of the size of the kennel. However, space maybe limited and animals travelling as baggage will be accepted on a "first come, first serve basis".

Please check your booking to ensure the scheduled aircraft can accommodate your requirements. Further information can be found in the Canadian North Carry-On and Checked Baggage Policies.

Carry-on baggage page
Checked baggage page

Pets are precious too!

We pay extra-special attention to your pet's safety, comfort and security. That's also why properly constructed containers and careful preparation for transport are so important.

  • When shipping pets, a favourite toy or article inside the container helps to calm the animal. 
  • Marking the pet's name on the outside of the container is also important. We can better reassure the animal when we talk to it using its name. 


  • Containers must be leak-proof and escape-proof, they must be well constructed, and they must be able to withstand damage caused by other freight in which there is buckling or bending of the container structure. Kennels must be rigid enough to prevent animals escaping through gaps at the seams or joints. 
  • Containers must be constructed in such a way as not to cause the animal to injure itself, and must be made of non-toxic material such as fibreglass or rigid plastic. One entire end of the container must be open and covered with bars, weld mesh or smooth expanded metal, securely attached to the container. 
  • Containers used for the carriage of live animals must comply with IATA Live Animals Regulations and adhere to points (1) and (2). Access to the container should be by means of a sliding or hinged door adequately secured to prevent accidental opening. 

The container must be large enough to permit the animal to stand in a natural position, turn around and lie down. Make sure kennels are nose and paw-proof: that is, ventilation openings are of a size that makes it impossible for your pet to get his nose or paws outside the kennel. 


  • Feed the animal only a light meal and a short drink two hours before its scheduled departure on Canadian North. 
  • Exercise the animal immediately before it leaves your premises. 
  • Shipment of females in heat (oestrus) is not recommended. 
  • Females with suckling young and unweaned animals will not be accepted for air transport. 
  • Weaned puppies younger than eight weeks should not be shipped due to possible dehydration during the flight.