Aviation security initiatives planned for April 2021 – April 2023

You can use this page to find information on planned regulatory initiatives that Transport Canada expects to bring forward over the next two years. The full versions of each plan are published in the Canada Gazette. It also lists public consultations that might interest you and departmental contact information for each planned initiative.

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Initiative(s) planned for the Canada Gazette, Part I

1. Regulations amending the Canadian Aviation Security Regulations, 2012 and making a consequential amendments to another regulation (Defensive equipment, firearms and ammunition)

Enabling act

Aeronautics Act (R.S.C, 1985, c. A-2)

Description

The proposed regulatory amendment aims to codify in the Canadian Aviation Security Regulations, 2012, the existing exemptions that permit law enforcement officers, from the Canada Border Services Agency, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Environment and Climate Change Canada and Parks Canada, to carry defensive equipment and firearms under specific circumstances within airports and, in some cases, on flights. As a consequential amendment, there will be a change made to the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations.

This comes from a February 6, 2019, Government of Canada direction.

Potential impacts on Canadians, including businesses

Transport Canada expects no major impacts to Canadians, including businesses.

Regulatory cooperation (domestic and international)

The proposed amendments would implement commitments to the United States government, as per the Preclearance Act, 2016 and the Agreement on Land, Rail, Marine and Air Transport Preclearance between the Government of Canada and the Government of the United States.

Consultations

Pre-consultations have occurred since July 2020 where all Departments have been presented with the policy intent and have been involved throughout the fall and beginning of winter on the draft of the regulatory amendments.

Transport Canada plans to pre-publish the proposed changes in the Canada Gazette, Part I, in early 2022 with a 30-day comment period.

Selected groups of stakeholders will be consulted based on specific subject matter.

Departmental contact information

Mario Boily Executive Director, Program Development
Aviation Security
Transport Canada
Telephone: 613-990-6445
Email: mario.boily@tc.gc.ca

First included in Transport Canada’s Forward Regulatory Plan: August 2020

Initiative(s) planned for the Canada Gazette, Part II

2. Regulations amending the Canadian Aviation Security Regulations, 2012 (Various amendments) and the Regulations amending CATSA Aerodrome Designation Regulations

Enabling act

Aeronautics Act (R.S.C, 1985, c. A-2)

Description

The proposed regulatory amendments to the Canadian Aviation Security Regulations, 2012 would accomplish the following objectives:

Improve Efficiencies

  • Provide cost-savings for air carriers by transferring the responsibility for cutting locks/seals on checked baggage from air carriers to the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority.
  • Provide cost-savings for airports by removing some of the information that needs to be included on restricted area identity cards issued to airport workers.

Quality Control

  • Update and clarify definitions and requirements.
  • Formalize existing procedures.
  • Better align identity requirements with the Secure Air Travel Regulations.
  • Ensure that the Minister of Transport maintains an oversight role for identity screening.

International Standards

  • Introduce standards for screening officer training and certification to better align with international standards and best practices.
  • Introduce new requirements for Canadian Air Transport Security Authority to establish and implement a security program.

The CATSA Aerodrome Designation Regulations include a list of designated aerodromes where the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority is mandated to provide security screening services. Some airport names in the schedule of these regulations do not match those in the schedules of the Canadian Aviation Security Regulations, 2012. Furthermore, the CATSA Aerodrome Designation Regulations are missing the alphanumeric code, called the International Civil Aviation Organization location indicator that designates each airport around the world. Amendments to both regulations will ensure that schedules are aligned.

Potential impacts on Canadians, including businesses

Transport Canada expects no major impacts to Canadians, including businesses.

Some proposed amendments would benefit air carriers as the responsibility to cut locks on locked checked baggage that requires additional screening would be transferred from air carriers to the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority.

Some proposed amendments related to restricted area identity cards would benefit operators of aerodromes by reducing the number of cards that need to be printed.

The majority of the proposed amendments would have a direct impact on the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority.

Regulatory cooperation (domestic and international)

The proposed amendments would:

  • align some of the identity screening requirements with the changes that were made to the Secure Air Travel Regulations
  • meet international standards
  • align Canada’s locked checked baggage screening procedures those used in the United States.

Consultations

Transport Canada held consultations during the development of this proposal in 2019-2020 with aviation security stakeholders such as Canadian Air Transport Security Authority, the Canadian Airports Council and air carriers.

Transport Canada also held consultations within the Transport Canada Aviation Security Directorate.

The last time Transport Canada consulted the public about the proposal to transfer the responsibility for cutting locks and seals on locked checked baggage from air carriers to the designated screening authority was in June 2019. Transport Canada used an online platform that included a survey and discussion questions.

People who contributed to the consultation were members of the public and people from the aviation industry. The results of the consultation were extremely positive and supportive of the proposal.

Transport Canada published the proposed changes in the Canada Gazette, Part I, on June 19, 2021 with a 30-day public comment period.

Transport Canada plans to publish the proposed changes in the Canada Gazette, Part II, in early 2022.

Departmental contact information

Mario Boily
Executive Director, Program Development
Aviation Security
Transport Canada
Telephone: 613-990-6445
Email: mario.boily@tc.gc.ca

First included in Transport Canada’s Forward Regulatory Plan: August 2020