The Marine Security Program’s Regulatory Affairs Branch works to improve security within Canada's marine industry to ensure that our marine transportation system is secure, efficient and respects Canadian values.

In order to increase security for vessels at Canadian marine facilities and ports, the Marine Security Program develops regulations, security measures and other legal tools to safeguard the marine transporation industry.

Transport Canada (TC) also works in collaboration with other countries to develop international marine security regulation policy that increases the harmonization and the efficiency of the international maritime industry. The International Ship and Port Facility Security Code which gives International Maritime Organization member countries a common way to measure risk, reduce threats and make ships and marine facility less vulnerable through well-defined security levels and security procedures is an example of this collaborative work.

Getting stakeholders involved in public consultations is key to creating the most effective regulations possible. That is why we consult at national and regional levels on all proposed regulations and through organizations such as the Canadian Marine Advisory Council.

To obtain a list of the next Transport Canada consultations refer to the Regulatory Consultations and Schedules.

We also:

  • Work with other TC Programs to develop awareness materials that provide regulatory guidance to industry and inspectors;
  • Liaise with the marine industry; and,
  • Collaborate with the United States and other international partners to create more harmonized security regulations.