Passengers on international, multi-airline flights through Canada will only have to remember one set of rules around baggage allotments and fees. The Canadian Transportation Agency made the announcement to harmonize baggage rules, and we couldn’t be more pleased.

Travellers walking onto conveyor with luggage

Harmonized rule applies to all international itineraries to and from Canada

Having to face different baggage allotments and fees on one trip can be annoying, and this change makes flying just a little easier. This harmonized rule applies to all international itineraries to and from Canada purchased on a single ticket issued on or before April 1, 2015.

Read on for more information on the new harmonized baggage rules for Canada.

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  • Terri Kushner

    I believe that the maximum baggage allotment should be by weight. Due to severe back problems, I do far better with two smaller suitcases than with one larger one. As long as the combined weight of my bags is the same as one larger one, it should make no difference and I should not be charged extra. As it is now, it less costly to pay for an extra bag than it is to pay for an overweight one. This makes no sense at all.

    • Jamie

      Personally Terri I’d have to agree. I wonder why the number of suitcases would matter when the weight is the same, but maybe the airlines have a good reason for it. I’ll have to do some research!

  • Alan

    Hi Jamie

    The rule change has been delayed until 1 April 2015. (i.e. for tickets bought after that date)

    The link to the CTA is ‘dead’. The correct link is



    • Jamie

      Thanks for the new information, Alan! We will be updating this post.

New Harmonized Baggage Rules for Canada

Apr 17 2014