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In case, pets weight more than 20 lbs (9kg), they will be transported in the cargo hold (More info)

Most airlines accept pets weighing 20 lbs or less in the cabin and no more than 100 lbs in the cargo hold. Larger dogs that do not meet the requirement of the cabin will be transported in the cargo hold. Before booking your flights with a pet, it is always advised to check any seasonal restrictions the airline may have.

Air Canada Pet Policy

Air Canada welcomes pet(s) on selected aircrafts and routes. So, bookings need to be made accordingly. It is of prime importance to be aware of the airlines’ specific pet policies to understand the requirements and prepare for a safe and comfortable journey for your pet(s).

Pet Criteria

Only dogs and cats not less than 12 weeks in age and completely weaned are accepted as pet passengers onboard Air Canada.


Each passenger is allowed to bring one pet in the cabin of the aircraft. The pet must remain inside the carrier at all times during the flight’s duration. On Air Canada’s specific aircraft such as Boeing 777-300ER and 777-200LR, a pet carrier cannot exceed 8.25 x 15 x 17 inches, whereas in cabins equipped with lie-flat beds, a soft sided carrier not exceeding the dimensions restriction of 11 x 8 x 16 inches is required. The carrier must be leak proof and adequately ventilated and must be large enough for the pet to travel comfortably.

Checked Baggage

Each passenger is allowed to get up to 2 pets to transport them as checked baggage. Two pets that travel in the same carrier are counted as two irrespective of the combined weight. The weight of the pet inclusive of the carrier cannot exceed 100 lbs. Also, the maximum size of the carrier should not be more than 115 inches in linear dimensions.


Animals that are required to travel unaccompanied are transported via the cargo service of the airline. Apart from cats and dogs, the airline ships hatching eggs, insects and tropical fish.

Emotional Support/Service Animal

Air Canada allows passenger with physical and mental disability to fly with service animal and emotional support animal respectively. However, only a dog as an emotional support animal is granted permission to fly. Dependent passenger must present the airline with the necessary documents to ascertain the requirement.

  • In case of an emotional support dog, a document issued by a licensed medical practitioner that the passenger is under his/her care and has been diagnosed with an emotional or mental disability as recognized in the DSM- IV and is in need of the dog for the flight journey or at the destination
  • In case of a service animal, an identification card or other written documents that work as a proof of the animal being trained as a service animal and his/her requirement to accompany the passenger

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