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SOURCE Transport Canada
Amendments ensure the highest international aviation security standards for Canadian travellers.
OTTAWA, July 2, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, today announced amendments to the Canadian Aviation Security Regulations, 2012 to strengthen airport security and non-passenger screening programs at Canadian airports.
The airport security program amendments introduce new requirements for airport operators that are designated for security screening. The amendments were made following extensive consultations with stakeholders and further enhance Canada's aviation security framework, as well as facilitate compliance.
The amendments to the Canadian Aviation Security Regulations, 2012, require that non-passengers enter restricted areas in airports only at access points where the Canadian Air Transportation Security Authority (CATSA) is conducting screening. These amendments will enhance Canada's overall aviation security program.
These changes will be seamless for travellers. Strengthening aviation security is an important part of Transport Canada's ongoing commitment to protect the travelling public, the aviation industry, its workers and infrastructure.
"Aviation security is a top priority for Transport Canada. We constantly review and update our regulations to maintain a secure air transportation system and meet international standards."
The Honourable Lisa Raitt
Minister of Transport
Amendment to the Canadian Aviation Security Regulations, 2012 (Non-Passenger Screening)
The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) is responsible for screening non-passengers (e.g. airport and airline workers, maintenance staff, retailers) and their belongings before they enter airport restricted areas to meet Transport Canada's regulations.
A more stringent International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standard for screening and security controls for non-passengers came into effect in July 2013. The ICAO standard requires member countries to ensure that non-passengers and items they carry are subject to screening and security controls, prior to entering restricted areas serving international air operations. CATSA increased its non-passenger screening operations at Canadian airports serving international flights when the more stringent international standard was introduced in July 2013. The amendment to the regulations enables Canada to continue meeting the new standard.
The amendment was published in the Canada Gazette Part II on July 2, 2014 and comes into effect on July 14, 2014, requiring airports to ensure that non-passengers enter the airports' restricted areas at only those access points where CATSA is conducting screening. Airports will be required to prevent non-passengers from entering the restricted area through other access points. Transport Canada supports the enhanced international standard and is committed to continuously improving the security of Canada's aviation system.
Amendments to the Canadian Aviation Security Regulations, 2012 (Airport Security Programs)
Following extensive consultations, Transport Canada divided the development and implementation of Airport Security Programs into two phases:
Phase 2 amendments to the Canadian Aviation Security Regulations, 2012 complete the introduction of aviation security programs for Canada's airports designated for security screening. These amendments enhance the aviation security framework for airport operators and update the regulations and harmonize Canada's requirements with international partners. They were developed in a manner that is intended to facilitate compliance.
Phase 2 amendments introduce the following core security program elements for all 89 airports designated for security screening:
Phase 2 amendments require Class 1 airports (Canada's major airports, such as Toronto or Vancouver) have the following additional elements in their security program:
Unless ordered to do so by the Minister, Class 2 and Class 3 (such as London, ON or Red Deer, AB) aerodrome operators are not required to establish these additional elements.
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