Imports: Bait & Poultry Update


Beginning on March 15, 2023, the CFIA will allow the importation of clearly labelled, retail-packaged poultry products and by-products for human consumption, labelled with the term “Product of the USA”, from any state. Some examples of these products include:

  • Raw table eggs
  • Vacuum-packed flats of raw chicken breasts and thighs
  • Rotisserie chickens
  • Frozen chicken strips or wings
  • Frozen whole turkeys and chickens
  • Deli meat
  • Hard boiled eggs

NOTE: This is subject to change with minimal notice. Get additional information here: Restrictions on poultry and birds from the United States


Unfortunately, CBSA has confirmed that all personal importations of bait of any kind at ports in Northern Ontario (Sault Ste. Marie, Pigeon River, Fort Frances and Rainy River) are NOT permitted and will be refused entry.

Clarification on earthworms:

The Federal Government changed the regulations surrounding worms in 2020. In order to bring earthworms of any kind into Canada an individual would need to apply for a special permit from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). This is part of the Federal Government’s invasive species strategy. Click here to learn more.