Transport Canada Aviation Security Inspection Program

Transport Canada’s mission is to develop and administer policies, regulations and services for the best transportation system for Canada and Canadians — one that is safe and secure, efficient, affordable, integrated and environmentally friendly.

The Aviation Security directorate’s mandate  is to safeguard the integrity and security of the civil aviation system and the Department and to provide an effective emergency preparedness capability.

The Aviation Security directorate’s mission is to further advance the safety and security of an efficient, accessible and sustainable civil aviation system through the following: 

  • Awareness and education
  • Establishment and implementation of policies, legislation and standards; and
  • Monitoring and enforcement.

The aviation security inspection program is divided into headquarters and regional operations with a total of 143 Transportation Security Inspectors.

Headquarters Operations:

Aviation Security Operations provides functional direction and guidance to the Regional  Operations. This is achieved by way of  policy direction and operational support.

Aviation Security Operations at Headquarters have six Transportation Security Inspectors, one Junior Transportation Security Inspectors and one Senior Transportation Security Inspectors. The headquarter Transportation Security Inspectors provides functional, technical advice and expertise in support of the national and international implementation of transportation security regulations to management and industry.  They are responsible for the international inspection and compliance program, including assessments of air carriers flying to Canada from their base of operations, and Canadian air carriers operations at foreign locations.  The headquarters Transportation Security Inspectors also assists the regions in regional inspection activities also conducts national compliance activities with a  purpose to enhance national consistency.

The Transportation Security Inspectors also provide recommendations, options, materials and tools, to advise senior management at headquarters and to assist regional inspectors in the implementation of inspection and enforcement activities in the transportation security environment.  They also conduct threat/risk assessments concerning transportation security issues.

In addition, headquarters Transportation Security Inspectors have emergency preparedness responsibilities that include supporting and assisting in the emergency planning function, coordinating emergency exercises; and staffing of the regional Situation Centre. Headquarters also maintains a 24/7 duty officer for emergency response to aviation security incidents occurring in Canada and elsewhere and for providing immediate guidance to the regions.

Regional Operations:

Regional Directors of Security receive functional direction from the Director General of Aviation Security in matters pertaining to aviation security, and implement policies in the field within five administrative regions:

  • Pacific Region
  • Ontario Region
  • Prairie and Northern Region
  • Quebec Region
  • Atlantic Region

Each region is responsible for conducting inspections of air carriers, aerodromes and screening operations of the Canadian Air Transport Authority (CATSA).  Security inspectors are based at each regional office and at each major (Class 1) aerodrome.

A total of 135 Regional Transportation Security Inspectors, located across the five regions, have a responsibility to promote compliance through awareness, education and enforcement by: monitoring, inspecting and enforcing compliance against legislative requirements; conducting inspections; conducting tests of screening checkpoints, cargo facilities, restricted area; alleged violations; following-up to ensure deficiencies are corrected; liaising with the transportation industry security representatives, police and other security officials; and  providing security advice and guidance to regulated communities.

In addition, regional Transportation Security Inspectors have emergency preparedness responsibilities that include supporting and assisting in the emergency planning function, coordinating emergency exercises;  and staffing of the regional Situation Centre.  Each region also maintains a 24/7 duty officer for emergency response to aviation security incidents.

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