Class D & E Licences
Class D and E licences allow on-farm slaughter. Find out which licence is right for your farm.
If the operation is in a designated area, apply for a class D or class E licence.
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If the operation is not in a designated area
Class D Licence
The class D licence allows on-farm slaughter of 1-25 animal units* for direct sale to consumers or retail sales to secondary food establishments (for example, restaurants and meat shops) within the boundaries of the region where the meat was produced. Class D licensees may slaughter their own, or other peoples’ animals. Class D licences are available in 10 provincially designated regions.
Class E Licence
The class E licence allows on-farm slaughter of 1-10 animal units* annually for direct sale to consumers. Sales are restricted to the region in which the meat was produced and operators are only permitted to slaughter their own animals.
Class E Licences are only available when slaughter services are not available to the producer. These resources are available to determine whether there is a licenced establishment within 2 hours travel time of the farm:
- Find a provincially licensed slaughter establishment (Interactive Map)
- Printable list of licenced slaughter establishment (PDF)
- Printable list of licenced slaughter establishments by region (PDF)
How to Apply
Complete the following steps to apply for a class D or class E licence. If the operation is located in a non-designated area, a class E feasibility study (PDF) is required prior to applying to a SlaughterSafe training course.
- SlaughterSafe training course
- Food safety plan for the operation
- Site assessment with the regional health authority
- Class D/Class E application form (PDF, 32 KB)
*One animal unit means: combined weight, when measured alive, of 1,000 lbs (454 kg) of meat.