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Canada will become a party to the international Arms Trade Treaty.

Liberal Platform Page 54 October 5, 2015
Sep 2019

Canada Implements New Export Brokering Controls to Join the UN Arms Trade Treaty

Bennett Jones September 17, 2019

On September 17, 2019, Canada formally became a party to the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), an international treaty that aims to regulate trade of conventional arms, including small arms, battle tanks, missiles, and warships.

In preparation for Canada’s accession to the ATT, the Government of Canada implemented a number of legislative and regulatory amendments to the Export and Import Permits Act (EIPA) that, among other things, creates a new regulatory framework covering controls over arms “brokering” (i.e., arranging or negotiating a transaction that relates to the movement of controlled goods or technology from one foreign country to another).

The revised export controls and new brokering control regime are particularly relevant for Canadians and Canadian businesses that may be involved in foreign transactions involving the movement of arms or other controlled materials, including electronic transfers of technology, whether as an agent, intermediary, consultant or other advisor operating abroad, or as an exporter of goods or technology from Canada.

Jul 2019

Overview of the Arms Trade Treaty regulatory implementation package

Government of Canada July 08, 2019

Canada will become a State Party to the UN Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) on September 17, 2019. As per Canada’s practice for all international treaties, Canada will be fully compliant with all its obligations upon accession to the ATT.

To ensure full compliance with the ATT, the Government of Canada therefore introduced Bill C-47, which amends the Export and Import Permits Act (EIPA) to establish controls on brokering of military items and to incorporate directly into Canadian law the assessment criteria laid out in the ATT, along with other amendments to further strengthen Canada’s export controls. Bill C-47 received Royal Assent on December 13, 2018.

Dec 2018

Canada Strengthens its Arms Controls

Government News Release December 13, 2018

The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement on the granting of Royal Assent to Bill C-47, An Act to amend the Export and Import Permits Act and the Criminal Code: “Today, Canada takes an important step forward to strengthen our existing arms export system, bringing us closer to accession to the Arms Trade Treaty. [...]”

Bill C-47 received royal assent and became law on December 13, 2018.

Apr 2017

Canada prepares to join the Arms Trade Treaty

Government News Release April 13, 2017

Canada believes that regulating the international arms trade is essential for the protection of people and human rights, and is strengthening its existing practices.

As part of Canada's support for a stronger and more rigorous export control system, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today delivered on the government's commitment to introduce legislation so Canada can accede to the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT).

To implement necessary changes, in March 2017 Canada announced an investment of $13 million to further strengthen the country's export control regime. These resources will be used to implement new brokering controls, improve transparency, and support enhancements to Canada's export controls.

Jun 2016

Canada announces increased transparency and rigour in export controls

Government News Release June 30, 2016

As part of Canada's commitment to transparency and rigour in export controls, the Honourable Stéphane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of International Trade, today announced plans to accede to the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT).

The government announced new measures that will allow Canada to demonstrate compliance with the ATT while enhancing Canada's already robust export controls. These include new legislative amendments to regulate arms brokering, measures to formalize the assessment criteria used by the minister of foreign affairs in making export permit decisions, and other measures to increase transparency.