Global Affairs Canada’s proposed strengthening of Canada’s export controls regime
Current status: Closed
This consultation ran from December 13, 2018 to January 31, 2019
Global Affairs Canada has created an online questionnaire about the proposed strengthening of Canada’s export controls regime.
Should you prefer to provide your comments directly to Global Affairs Canada, either as an individual or on behalf of an organization, or for any questions concerning this consultation, please contact the Export Controls Policy Division.
For more information on how information will be collected and used, please read the privacy statement.
Export Controls Policy Division Global Affairs Canada
125 Sussex Drive
Ottawa ON K1A 0G2
Consulting with Canadians
The Government of Canada is committed to promoting peace and security here at home and around the world. As part of Canada’s support for a stronger and more rigorous export control system, the Government has committed to joining the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT).
On April 13, 2017, the Minister of Foreign Affairs introduced Bill C-47, An Act to amend the Export and Import Permits Act and the Criminal Code (amendments permitting the accession to the Arms Trade Treaty and other amendments).Bill C-47, which was passed by the Senate on December 6, 2018 makes the legislative amendments required by the ATT to regulate brokering activities and create a requirement to take into account criteria identified in the ATT before authorizing the export of arms, ammunition, or implements or munitions of war.
The ATT explicitly recognizes “the legitimate trade and lawful ownership and use of certain conventional arms for recreational, cultural, historical and sporting activities, where such trade, ownership and use are permitted or protected by law.” Bill C-47, correspondingly, does not affect domestic gun control regulation.
In preparation for the entry into force of Bill C-47, Global Affairs Canada is launching a public consultation on proposed changes to Canada’s export controls regime.
Your feedback is very important as the outcome of this consultation will help shape Canada’s export controls policies, procedures and regulations.
Global Affairs Canada wants to hear from you. It welcomes your ideas, your experiences and your comments through this consultation.
Canadians have until 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Time) on January 31, 2019, to submit their responses, comments and suggestions.
Purpose of consultation
The purpose of this consultation is to:
- ensure that stakeholder views are taken into consideration as the government works to strengthen Canada’s export controls regime
- inform how the Government of Canada will apply the ATT assessment criteria and substantial risk test when reviewing permit applications for the export or brokering of controlled items
- guide the development of new brokering controls
- understand the impact of the proposed changes on Canadian exporters
- identify elements of Canada’s existing export controls system that are important to its effective functioning
Who should participate?
This consultation is open to all Canadians, and everyone is invited to share their ideas.
Global Affairs Canada would like to hear from:
- industry and industry associations
- civil society organizations
- academics and experts
- Indigenous groups
- other interested parties
It is important to have the breadth and diversity of Canadian views represented through this consultation process.
How can I participate?
To participate in the consultation, interested parties are encouraged to review the background information and provide feedback through the online questionnaire.
If you are unable to access the online questionnaire, please contact us for assistance:
Export Controls Policy Division (TIR)
Global Affairs Canada
125 Sussex Drive
Ottawa ON K1A 0G2
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