March 26, 2010 16:10 ET

Government of Canada Takes additional Steps to Enhance Aviation Security at Airports

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 26, 2010) - Canada's Transport Minister John Baird today announced that the Government of Canada is taking action to ensure Canadian airports have the safest and most effective security systems possible, by proposing changes to the Canadian Aviation Security Regulations. A Notice of Intent providing an overview of the proposed changes will be published tomorrow in the Canada Gazette, and Canadians are invited to submit comments on these changes by April 30, 2010.

"While Canadians enjoy one of the safest, most secure and efficient aviation systems in the world, our government is working diligently to ensure security at Canadian airports is as effective as possible," said Baird. "Strengthening airport security is an important part of our commitment to protect the travelling public, airlines, aviation workers and many businesses that rely on airports and air transportation."

The proposed changes would apply to Canada's 89 airports that have security screening services. They would require airport operators and their key tenants to assess their current security measures, and implement the most effective and comprehensive security plans. Since no two airports are identical, airports would be able to tailor airport security programs to reflect their specific facilities, security needs and operations. 

Specifically, the proposed changes would ensure that:

  • airport operators' and tenants' roles and responsibilities are clarified and documented;
  • security requirements and mitigation strategies are developed and clearly outlined; and
  • the entire security regime at airports is thoroughly coordinated, integrated and documented.

All regulated requirements for airport security, including those for airport security programs, would be subject to Transport Canada inspection and oversight.

The Government of Canada recognizes how important coordination and integration at Canadian airports is to aviation security and took additional steps to enhance security following the December 25, 2009, terrorist attack on a flight headed to Detroit. The intent of these changes to the Canadian Aviation Security Regulations is to address new and emerging threats to aviation security, as well as adopt best practices in aviation security, harmonize our regulations with international partners, increase transparency and keep our air transportation industry competitive.

Once this pre-consultation phase is complete, the amendments will be published in the Canada Gazette, Part I, later this year and Canadians will have another opportunity to comment on the proposed changes.

Airport security programs are a Budget 2009 commitment and a component of Canada's Economic Action Plan.

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Contact Information

  • James Kusie
    Director of Issues Management and Parliamentary Affairs
    Office of Canada’s Transport Minister
    John Baird, Ottawa
    Media Relations
    Transport Canada, Ottawa