Fur Sales and Interprovincial/International Trade

International trade of items derived from polar bears is allowed through the 1975 CITES Appendix II listing. Though commercial harvest of polar bears is prohibited in the remaining polar bear range states under the 1973 Agreement on the Conservation of Polar Bears, subsistence harvest is an exclusive right of Aboriginal peoples within the range states. In Canada, non-food products from subsistence hunting (mostly hides) can be legally exported for commercial purposes. Trade in these products and specimens is regulated through the use of CITES permits.

Download the 2015 Report on the Review and Analysis of Canadian Trade in Polar Bears from 2005-2014.