Security Guns

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

Liberal Platform (Page 54) October 5, 2015
In progress
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.