Per Transport Canada regulations:

Many items which may appear inoffensive may be dangerous on board an aircraft. Due to temperature and pressure variations in flight, certain items may leak or catch fire.

For these reasons, dangerous goods must not be transported in carry-on or checked baggage.

You must declare all dangerous goods to the air carrier when sending any such items by air.

Penalties for a first offence may be as high as $50,000.

You must not bring any of the following products on board:

  • Explosives: Fireworks, rockets, caps for toy guns
  • Gas: Compressed gas cylinders, aerosol pepper sprays (e.g., mace or cayenne pepper)
  • Poisons: Herbicides, insecticides
  • Corrosives: batteries, mercury, corrosive pipe cleaning products
  • Flammable materials: Gasoline, lighter fluid, thinners, strike anywhere matches

Please note that this is not an exhaustive list of dangerous goods.Check with the air carrier if you have any questions about something you want to bring on board.

The following items are permitted to be transported on board in carry-on or checked baggage:

  • Alcoholic beverages (more than 24% and less than 70% alcohol by volume) in retail packaging in formats under 5 litres. No more than 5 litres per person permitted.
  • Medication and toiletries (including aerosols): Hairspray, deodorant, perfume/aftershave in containers under 500 g or 500 ml each, up to a total of 2 kg or 2 litres.
  • Curling irons containing hydrocarbons (no more than one per person), provided the safety cap is in place on the heating element. Gas refills for these types of irons are not permitted on board.
  • Passengers may carry safety matches and lighters, but only on their person (lighters must contain only absorbed liquid or liquefied combustible gas; no refill cartridges are permitted.

For more information, please check with the air carrier or contact Transport Canada at one of the following numbers:

Canada's Capital Region: (613) 990-1060

Province of Quebec: (514) 663-2838