Canada's National Civil Aviation Security Program

Canada has developed and maintained one of the most secure aviation systems in the world — one that fully engages its national and international aviation security partners and is innovative, multi-layered, flexible and responsive to current issues.

One of the key components of aviation security is a National Civil Aviation Security Program (NCASP). This Program sets out legislation, policies, programs, and regulations.  It articulates the efforts of Transport Canada, other federal departments, industry and stakeholders to help ensure the security of Canada’s aviation system from acts of unlawful interference so that air travel and trade are secure.

Aviation security in Canada takes a holistic approach and aims to strike the right balance between security, efficiency and fiscal responsibility, while carefully applying risk management principles. 

Aviation industries and their employees work on the front-lines every day and are directly responsible for the security of many important elements of the system. Promoting an effective and efficient aviation security system requires close collaboration between Transport Canada and its many partners. To that end the NCASP provides stakeholders with an overview of the Program’s strategic direction by outlining:

  • The guiding principles underlying Canada’s aviation security regime;
  • The roles and responsibilities of Government of Canada departments and agencies, as well as industry;
  • A definition of risk management and examples of how it will be applied to the aviation security program;
  • A framework for how Transport Canada will approach regulations and oversight; and
  • Concrete actions Transport Canada is taking to facilitate industry engagement in the full-range of program activities.

The NCASP delivers on a key commitment of the Government of Canada’s Action Plan in response to the Commission of Inquiry into the Investigation of the Bombing of Air India Flight 182.

To read the NCASP or for more information, please follow this link.

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