All goods coming into Canada must be reported, including goods purchased at duty-free shops in Canada and abroad. Goods not reported or falsely reported may be seized or fortified and a traveller could face prosecution.
Visitors to Canada may bring in free of duties and taxes personal and household goods they need for the visit, as long as they take these goods back with them when they leave. Visitors may also bring in personal gifts for residents of Canada that are valued up to $60 Canadian per gift. However, alcohol and tobacco products do not qualify as gifts. The minimum age for someone importing alcohol and tobacco products is 19 years in British Columbia and 18 years in Quebec.
Restricted or Controlled Goods
Goods such as firearms, other weapons, drugs or articles made or derived from endangered species may be restricted or controlled, or may require a special permit.
Offensive weapons or weapons used for personal protection are prohibited from entrance into Canada. Some of these weapons are handguns, fazer guns, switch-blade knives and mace. All weapons must be declared. Customs may hold illegal weapons or make arrangements to have them shipped back. If weapons are not declared the result could be seizure and possible prosecution.