Maritime Security

Canada's maritime security measures include better protecting our marine infrastructure, securing our ports and watersides, implementing the International Marine Organization's International Ship and Port Facilities Security (ISPS) Code, container security, domain awareness, and increasing our capability to respond on-water. Marine Security Operations Centres (MSOCS) co-ordinate among responsible departments (Transport, RCMP, Navy, Coast Guard, CBSA) to address marine security on Canada's Great Lakes and Coastal waters.

Transport Canada's Marine Security Contribution Program (MSCP) funds up to 75 per cent of the costs of modernizing and strengthening security systems and programs in Canada's ports and marine facilities, to meet the ISPS Code and Canadian Marine Transportation Security Regulations (MTSR).

The Marine Transportation Security Clearance Program (MTSCP) further enhances port security, with rigorous background checks to screen marine workers with access to sensitive or secure areas at Canada's dock facilities.

Transport Canada also leads government efforts to develop a long-term overarching maritime security strategy. This strategy builds upon current maritime and coastal initiatives to set a strategic vision that will ensure the future security of Canada's maritime infrastructure.

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) also runs programs that contribute actively to the security of Canada's transportation systems. CBSA provides critical training to foreign government personnel through its Marine Centre of Expertise in Halifax.

The CBSA also promotes safety in maritime trade, through its Container Security Initiative (CSI) and the Advance Commercial Information (ACI) project.

Through CSI, Canada and its international partners will identify high-risk containers and pull them aside to confirm their safety or remove any threat.

ACI completely changes the way CBSA processes and reports commercial trade goods. New mandatory electronic reporting reflects current business practices to help manage risk efficiently. Goods shipped to Canada by sea must be reported to CBSA at least 24 hours before they are loaded onboard a ship at a foreign port. CBSA uses this time to assess shipments for risk and determine if they pose a security threat to the ship, other shipments, the Canadian transportation system or Canadian residents.