Livestock Transport

Transporting farm animals is a regular part of everyday farming across Canada. Most farm animals are transported by road in a trailer. There are many different trailer and trucks that are used but there are strict laws that must be followed when transporting farm animals.

The following links provide additional information on what the laws and regulations concerning animal transport are.

CFIA – Livestock Transport Requirements in Canada

CFIA – Provincial & Territorial Legislation Concerning Animal Welfare

CFIA – Transporting Animals during Hot & Humid Weather

CFIA – Information for the General Public


Canadian Livestock Transport (CLT)

The Canadian Livestock Transport (CLT) Certification Program is a standardized course offering certification that is recognized throughout Canada and United States. The program is led by an industry initiative to address the need for increased accountability and improved handling practices in livestock transport. Increasing numbers of processing facilities across North America are demanding proof of competence/certification in livestock and poultry hauling, and the CLT program addresses this demand.

CLT training is not limited to drivers. Training is beneficial, and in some instances required, for livestock and poultry handlers, dispatchers and others that are involved in the production system. Facility managers and key decision makers, while they may not spend time working directly with animals, also benefit from the knowledge gained from taking this course.

One of the main strengths of Canadian Livestock Transport is that the courses present the current regulations for animal transport in Canada.


Decision Trees

The following decision trees are resources designed as guidelines to assist in the decision to transport an animal. Each is specific to either poultry, cattle, sheep and goats or pigs and have been reviewed by CFIA and OMAF. To order hard printed copies please contact us.


Should this Bird be Loaded? Guidelines for Transporting Poultry

Should this Bird be Loaded? Guidelines for Transporting Poultry

Should this Pig Be Loaded? Guidelines for Transporting Pigs

Should this Pig Be Loaded? Guidelines for Transporting Pigs


Should this animal be loaded? Transporting cattle, sheep & goats

Should this Animal be Loaded? Guidelines for Cattle, Sheep & Goats

There is also a Should this Bird be Loaded handbook available for download here.

 Transportation Code of Practice

There are Codes of Practice for most farm animal species in Canada, there is also a Code of Practice for transporting farm animals. To see a full version visit the NFACC website.

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