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Summary of key changes made to A Guide to Canada's Export Control List

Order amending the Export Control List (December 2020)

Please note that this is only a high-level summary of some of the more significant changes made to the December 2020 edition of A Guide to Canada's Export Control List (the Guide). Various other minor changes to the control texts were agreed upon during the relevant export control and non-proliferation regime meetings in 2019 and 2020, though the majority of these did not affect the scope of the existing controls.

Exporters wishing to review specific changes that were made to the Guide should e-mail the Export Controls Policy Division at and request a pdf document that tracks all the changes that were made against the last version.


1-5.D.1.e – New controls were added to Group 1 on certain software designed for the lawful interception of communications. This software is unique and typically exclusively sold to law enforcement agencies.

1-5.A.4.b – New controls on certain tools for digital forensics were added to Group 1. These tools allow the user to extract raw data from a network device like a cell phone by circumventing passwords and other authorization mechanisms. These tools are normally used by law enforcement agencies in support of criminal investigations.

1-9.A.4.h – Sub-orbital vehicles are now controlled under Group 1. These vehicles are designed to reach space but not to complete an orbit of the Earth. As such, these vehicles are not satellites and they are not space launch vehicles. Some space-planes are examples of sub-orbital vehicles. Canada does not manufacture or export sub-orbital vehicles.

2-21.b.5 – New controls were added to the Group 2 Munitions List that apply to software for offensive cyber operations. This software is designed for military use and serves to destroy, damage, degrade or disrupt equipment or systems.

7-3.1 – Controls on several new families of toxic chemicals were added to Group 7. These chemical families were identified as Schedule 1 chemical weapons by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. These chemicals have no industrial applications and are toxic. These chemicals are not produced in Canada.

7-13.1.30 – New controls on Middle East respiratory syndrome-related coronavirus (MERS-CoV) were added to Group 7.


No entries were deleted from the Export Control List in 2019 or 2020.

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