2023 Air Canada Baggage Allowance & Excess Baggage Fees

Review Air Canada baggage allowances and charges before travelling

Air Canada Baggage Allowance
Air Canada Baggage Allowance

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Air Canada Carry-On Allowance:

One cabin bag that has dimensions of no more than 23 x 40 x 55 cm (9 x 15.5 x 21.5 inches), plus one personal item with maximum dimensions of 16 x 33 x 43 cm (6 x 13 x 17 inches). You must be able to lift your cabin bag into the overhead locker unassisted.

Passengers are permitted to also carry additional items, such as a diaper bag, pushchair (collapsed dimensions 25.5 cm x 92 cm/ 10 x 36 inches) or small purse measuring no more than 25 x 30 x 14 cm (10 x 12 x 5.5 inches).

Air Canada Carry-On Baggage for Infants

If travelling with an infant under two years of age on your lap, you are permitted to bring an additional standard item of hand luggage on board to carry the infant's belongings.

Air Canada Carry On and Musical Instruments

You can bring a musical instrument on board as part of your standard carry-on allowance, provided it fits within the allowed dimensions and it fits into the overhead locker or under the seat in front. If your instrument is too large, you can purchase a seat for it. If you wish to purchase a seat for your instrument, you will receive a 50% discount on any published fare. Such instruments must not exceed 162.5 cm (64 in) in length or 36 kg (80 lbs) in weight.

Air Canada Carry On and Pets in the Cabin

Air Canada allows cats and small dogs to travel in the cabin, providing they are transported in a carrier in which they can comfortably stand, turn around and lie down in, and which fits under the seat in front. Pets are not permitted in Premium Economy. The fee for carrying a pet on board is $50 one way, within Canada and the US (except Hawaii), and $100, one way, for international routes on which pets are allowed in the cabin.

Air Canada Carry On and Prohibited Items

Certain items are not allowed in your hand luggage. These include:

Avalanche rescue backpacks,

Compressed gas cylinders,



Air Canada Checked Baggage Allowance:

The maximum weight per bag is 23 kg (50 lbs) and the total allowable dimensions are 158 cm (62 in). The Air Canada checked baggage allowance depends on the fare you have purchased and the route you are travelling on.

Max. weight per bag: 23 kg (50 lbs)

Max. total dimensions per bag: 158 cm (62 inches)

Baggage Fees:

Within Canada, or between Canada and US, e.g. Toronto to New York, ECONOMY

1st bag: $31.50

2nd bag$52.50

Each additional bag: $105.00

Overweight bag: $105 (for bags between 23 – 32 kg (50 – 70 lbs))

Oversized bag: $105 (for bags between 158 – 292 cm (63 – 115 inches))

International, e.g. Toronto to London, ECONOMY

1st bag: Free

2nd bag: max. $100

Each additional bag: $225

Overweight bag: $100

Oversized bag: $100

NB Only one excess baggage fee will apply at one time.

Toronto to Dubai, ECONOMY

1st bag:  Free

2nd bag: Free

Each additional bag: $225

Overweight/ oversized bag: $100

Air Canada Checked Baggage and Exceptional Items

Exceptional items, like musical instruments and sports equipment, are normally accepted as one item of checked baggage. Handling charges apply to some items, however. Bicycles, for example, incur a handling charge of $50-59, one way. Sports equipment should be booked with the airline at least 24 hours before you travel.

Air Canada Checked Baggage and Pets in the Hold

Pets can travel in the hold, provided the combined weight of the pet and its carrier does not exceed 45 kg (100 lbs) and 292 cm (115 inches) in total dimensions. Fees start at $105, one way for travel within the US and Canada. International flights fees start at $270, one way.

Information correct as of 03/03/2023.

Air Canada News

23/04/2020: Air Canada Suspends All US Flights

Air Canada have announced they will suspend all flights between the USA and Canada for 4 weeks after the U.S. and Canadian governments’ decision to extend the border closure for another month.

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Baggage at a glance
Air Canada Carry On

One cabin bag, plus one personal item

Cabin bag: 10 kg; 23 cm x 40 cm x 55 cm
Personal item: 16 x 33 x 43 cm 

Air Canada Checked Baggage

Charges apply, depending on route travelled

Max. 23 kg (50 lbs) or 32 kg (70 lbs) for higher fare types, 158 cm (62 in)