January 22, 2024 | Circular No. 11625

Dear Member,

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has provided an updated Ship Sanitation Inspection Administrative Guide which includes a glossary of International Health Regulations and clear instructions for requesting a ship sanitation inspection.

We have been advised that the fees for ship sanitation inspection certificates will be amended effective April 1, 2024, based on a review of the costs to provide the service and to reflect adjustments based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI).  The amended fees are also published in the Travelling Public Program (TPP) website.

Name of Fee

2023-2024 Fee Amount ($)

2024-2025 Adjusted Fee Amount ($)

Ship Sanitation Certificate – Standard Port



Ship Sanitation Certificate – Non-standard Port

plus overtime & travel

plus overtime & travel

Ship Sanitation Certificate – Standard Port – Short Notice



Ship Sanitation Certificate – Non-standard Port – Short Notice

plus overtime & travel

plus overtime & travel

Ship Sanitation Certificate – Extension of Existing Certificate



Maritime shipping agents can request a Ship Sanitation Inspection by completing the Ship Sanitation Inspection Form found under the TPP website (an example of the Form can be viewed in Appendix 1, Page 13, of the Administrative Guide) .  The PHAC will continue to provide ship sanitation inspection, depending on availability of resources, during daylight hours at the following designated “Standard Ports” in Canada:

  • St. John’s, Newfoundland
  • Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • Saint John, New Brunswick
  • Quebec, Quebec
  • Montreal, Quebec (including Sorel)
  • Toronto, Ontario (including Hamilton)
  • Vancouver, British Columbia

The PHAC will also offer services at non-designated, i.e. “Non-standard Ports”, subject to availability of a PHAC staff.  Extra costs incurred for this service (i.e. overtime and travel) will be added.

Please direct any question to the undersigned.


Cédric Baumelle
Director, Marine Operations