Air Canada has renewed its IATA CEIV Live Animals certificate, making it the first airline to be re-certified.

The programme was launched in 2018 to provide a standardised global certificate to improve animal transportation, and Air Canada was the first airline to be certified.

To be recertified, a thorough audit was conducted by IATA specialists who reviewed Air Canada Cargo’s policies and procedures.

Compliance with the IATA Live Animal Regulations was fully reviewed, so was compliance with protocols including the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.

Jason Berry, Vice President Cargo at Air Canada, says, “Every year, we expertly and safely handle thousands of complex shipments, from rescued dogs, endangered animals transported in conservation efforts, and of course family pets. Air Canada Cargo's dedicated employees handling animals are specially-trained, and I thank them for their diligence in treating all animals as precious cargo while in our care.”