Trapping Bylaws

The City of Winnipeg introduced trapping restrictions in 2022

While trapping is regulated by provincial and territorial governments, municipalities have an important role to play to protect citizens, wildlife, and pets from the dangers of wildlife traps set in densely-populated areas. Many municipalities across Canada have implemented bylaws that restrict trapping within their jurisdiction. The bylaws range from comprehensive restrictions of all types of traps within municipal boundaries, to restrictions on specific traps in defined areas.

Municipal trapping restrictions are essential to protect the public and animals from the dangers of traps. Combined with measures that promote humane, non-lethal approaches to urban wildlife management, trapping bylaws are instrumental for local governments to adopt coexistence solutions in their communities.

The Fur-Bearers compiles a list of trapping restrictions across Canada that can be seen in the table below. Click the link under ‘Bylaw Name’ to download the bylaw and read the trapping-related restriction of each municipality. If you know of municipalities that have implemented trapping-related bylaws that are not included on this page, please send an email to with the name of the municipality and the bylaw name and number.

Trapping Bylaws in Canada

Table displaying Canadian municipalities that have passed trapping-related restrictions.
Province/TerritoryMunicipalityBylaw #Bylaw Name
AlbertaBonnyville1466-17Animal Control Bylaw
AlbertaCanmore19-2011Hunting and Trapping By-Law
British ColumbiaCoquitlam967A By-law to prohibit the use of leg-hold traps within the boundaries of the District of Coquitlam
British ColumbiaGibsons1147A Bylaw to ban the use of Body Gripping Traps within the Town of Gibsons
British ColumbiaNorth Cowichan3740Animal Responsibility ByLaw
British ColumbiaNorth Saanich751Animal Control By-Law
British ColumbiaNorth Vancouver6611Parks Regulation Bylaw
British ColumbiaPort Hardy19-2005Parks and Beaches Bylaw
British ColumbiaSurrey13480Surrey Parks, Recreation and Cultural Facilities Regulation By-law
British ColumbiaVictoria11-044Animal Responsibility Bylaw
ManitobaWinnipeg92/2013Responsible Pet Ownership By-law
New BrunswickWoodstock120A By-Law to Prohibit Hunting & Trapping
Northwest TerritoriesYellowknife3904Snare and Trap By-Law
Nova ScotiaHalifaxP-600Respecting Municipal Parks
OntarioCambridge171-13Animal Control By-Law
OntarioFort Erie73-2021Animal Welfare By-law
OntarioFort Frances50-17Animal Control By-Law
OntarioGuelph18709Trapping Bylaw
OntarioGrimsby10-06Animal Control By-Law
OntarioNiagara Falls2019-35Animal Control By-Law
OntarioVaughan066-2020Animal Control By-Law
SaskatchewanFort SaskatchewanC7-16Animal Control By-Law

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