International Aviation Security Engagement

Transport Canada’s (TC) Aviation Security Directorate is actively engaged in international fora related to aviation security. Within these fora, the focus has been on establishing like-minded international aviation security standards in accordance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) directives, implementing capacity building initiatives in developing countries, and sharing transportation security best practices. Overall, this international work is geared towards enhancing aviation security in Canada and abroad, while facilitating the secure and efficient movement of people and goods. TC continues to work to enhance Canada’s influence and reputation related to aviation security on the international stage by working bilaterally, multilaterally, and within international organizations.

International Engagement and Leadership:

  • TC’s Aviation Security Directorate participates in several high-priority international organizations, namely: the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the Group of Eight (G8) and its Transportation Security Sub-Group, and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC).
  • Within the Hemispheric context, TC’s Aviation Security Directorate continues to collaborate with our partners in the Americas under the US-Canada Transportation Security Cooperation Group (TSCG), and the North American Aviation Trilateral (NAAT), and the ICAO Regional Aviation Security and Facilitation Group to align security initiatives so as to benefit security and facilitate business.
  • Created by the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA), the International Forum for Security Screening in Aviation (IFSSA) brings together top executives of aviation security organizations from around the world for the purpose of sharing ideas and focusing on aviation security screening best practices, leveraging knowledge and expertise of other countries to increase the effectiveness of the international aviation security screening system.

Capacity Building:

  • Under the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade’s Counter-Terrorism and Capacity Building (CTCB) Program, TC Aviation Security Directorate has pursued a number of aviation security capacity building initiatives with a particular focus on assisting countries of the western hemisphere. Recent initiatives include a $1.5 million contribution over three years to strengthen the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO’s) Comprehensive Aviation Security Strategy, which supports international efforts to build aviation security capacity in those countries where it is most needed.
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