Counter-Terrorism and Transportation

Canada's transportation system covers more than 9 million square kilometres with close to 1 million kilometres of road, 50,000 kilometres of rail lines, 646 certified airports, and more than 300 commercial ports and harbours.

The Government of Canada is very seriously committed to protecting Canadians' safety and security and has invested significantly in protecting all types of transportation. Since September 11, 2001 Canada has committed more than $9 billion to enhance our national security.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) works closely with domestic and international partners to enhance transportation security. Canada participates in the G8 Transportation Security SubGroup (STSSG) working to develop rigorous best practices and identify security gaps in the aviation sector. Canada also is very active in the APEC region, where the Counter Terrorism Task Force is helping to develop common counter terrorism and security guidelines for marine, air and rail transportation, for members. We also work closely with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to promote security on the seas. For example, Canada granted a two-year, $500,000 CDN to the IMO to support its Global Technical Co-operation Program on Maritime Security during 2006 and 2007.