Government of Canada moves to streamline aviation security regulations
OTTAWA, Jan. 4, 2012
OTTAWA, Jan. 4, 2012 /CNW/ - The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of
Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, today announced that the
Government of Canada is taking steps to streamline the Canadian Aviation Security Regulations and ensure they reflect the current aviation security environment.
"While current aviation security regulations are robust, our government
is committed to improving them, making them as clear, user-friendly and
efficient as possible while maintaining a high level of security," said
Minister Lebel. "These initial changes further align our regulations to
meet International Civil Aviation Organization commitments and reflect
extensive consultation with industry stakeholders."
The Canadian Aviation Security Regulations, 2012 take a phased-in approach, beginning with the introduction of aviation
security programs at airports. These programs contain elements for
security management, including clear policy direction, an airport
security awareness program, an airport security committee, defined
security roles and responsibilities, and management of sensitive
aviation security information. While many of these systems and
practices exist now, aviation security programs will formalize them and
help industry manage and support aviation security in a comprehensive,
integrated, coordinated and risk-based manner.
"Canadian airports play a key role in aviation security," said
Daniel-Robert Gooch, president of the Canadian Airports Council.
"Aviation security programs need to move away from a one-size fits all
approach, adopt a risk-based approach to security, formalize the
management of security, and set out clear roles and responsibilities
among aviation security partners at an airport."
These changes will be seamless for travellers. Strengthening airport
security is an important part of Transport Canada's ongoing commitment
to protect the travelling public, the aviation industry, aviation
workers and infrastructure.
The new regulationsare part of an ongoing review of Canada's aviation security regulations.
This review is expected to include aviation security programs for other
industry sectors, including air carriers, by 2015.
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NEW CANADIAN AVIATION SECURITY REGULATIONS
Canada has one of the most secure and efficient aviation systems in the
world. Transport Canada and its aviation security partners work to
maintain and improve this system. Aviation security around the world
has evolved by reacting to specific aviation security incidents. As
part of good business practice, it is necessary to review the
regulations and ensure that they are still current. In the case of the Canadian Aviation Security Regulations, comments from consultations identified a need to streamline,
rationalize and modernize.
By modernizing the regulations, Transport Canada wants to ensure that
they are as clear, user-friendly and efficient as possible. The new Canadian Aviation Security Regulations, 2012 will enhance aviation security in Canada by:
ensuring continued compliance with international obligations and
increasing effective and efficient management of security
responsibilities and accountabilities for the aviation industry;
better applying industry and government security resources based on
improving the focus of security activities on performance and results.
One of the key elements of these regulations is the introduction of
aviation security programs for airport operators and key security
Aviation Security Programs for Airports
Aviation security programs will further enhance the safety and security
of the travelling public by improving the behind-the-scenes security
management at airports and improving the sharing of information among
aviation security partners. These programs further build airports'
capacity to respond to new and/or emerging aviation security risks by:
improving awareness and understanding of aviation security-related roles
encouraging and coordinating the sharing of aviation security
information both inside and outside airport organizations, when and
where appropriate; and
engaging entire airport organizations to be more involved and proactive
in the management, coordination, integration and continuous improvement
of security through risk management, training, awareness and
Stakeholders and partners were invited to submit comments on the changes
that would affect airports across the country through a Notice of
Intent that was published in the Canada Gazette, Part I, in March 2010, followed by a pre-publication in the Canada Gazette,Part I, in February 2011.
These changes to the Canadian Aviation Security Regulations will be seamless for travellers. Strengthening airport security is an
important part of Transport Canada's ongoing commitment to protect the
travelling public, the aviation industry, aviation workers and