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What knives are allowed in Canada?

In Canada, it is illegal to carry any knife, including folding knives, with a blade longer than 30cm (12 inches) in public.

In Canada, the laws governing knives are primarily found in the Criminal Code and are enforced by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and local police. Here are the key points about what knives are allowed:

Permitted Knives

  1. Folding Knives: Knives that can be opened with one hand but require the blade to be manually extended and do not open automatically.
  2. Fixed-Blade Knives: These include typical kitchen knives, hunting knives, and utility knives.
  3. Multi-tools: Tools that have a knife as one of their components (e.g., Swiss Army knives).
  4. Non-Automatic Knives: Knives that do not have a spring mechanism or other device to open the blade automatically.

Prohibited Knives

  1. Switchblades (Automatic Knives): Knives with blades that open automatically by pressing a button, spring, or other mechanism.
  2. Gravity Knives: Knives with blades that open through the force of gravity or centrifugal force.
  3. Ballistic Knives: Knives with blades that can be ejected from the handle by a trigger mechanism.
  4. Push Daggers: Knives with a handle that is perpendicular to the blade and designed to be gripped in a fist.
  5. Knives with Concealed Blades: Knives designed to look like other objects, such as combs or pens.

Legal Considerations

  • Intent: The legality of carrying a knife can also depend on the intent. If a person is found carrying a knife with the intent to use it as a weapon, it could lead to legal issues regardless of the type of knife.
  • Blade Length: There is no federal law specifying a maximum blade length for knives in Canada. However, some local jurisdictions may have their own regulations.

Travel and Import

  • Import Restrictions: The CBSA has strict rules about what types of knives can be brought into Canada. Prohibited knives will be seized at the border.
  • Air Travel: Knives of any kind are not allowed in carry-on baggage on flights but can be transported in checked luggage, subject to airline regulations.

It’s always advisable to check the most recent laws and regulations or consult legal experts if you have specific questions about knife legality in Canada.