Register in the Controlled Goods Program

Any individual or organization who needs to examine, possess or transfer controlled goods or technology in Canada must register in the Controlled Goods Program. Find out if you must register and learn about the process.

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Why individuals and organizations must register

It is the law. Individuals and organizations must register in the Controlled Goods Program if they need to examine, possess or transfer controlled goods. During registration, applicants must demonstrate this need.


Failure to register may be considered an offence under federal laws, and could lead to prosecution and sanctions.

As an individual or an organization, you must register before you:

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Who is eligible to register

Applications for registration in the program can be submitted by:

“Registered persons” are the individuals, partnerships or other business enterprises registered in the Controlled Goods Program.

Verifying eligibility

You will be required to submit one of the following documents with your registration. This will allow the program to verify the eligibility of your business or organization.

Incorporated businesses

Unincorporated businesses and organizations

How to register

To register in the Controlled Goods Program, you must complete the following steps:

What to expect from the registration process


The registration of individuals or businesses in the Controlled Goods Program is not transferrable.

Processing times

An application for registration, along with all supporting documentation, can take 32 business days to process. Applications deemed incomplete during the registration process will take longer to process.

You may inquire about the status of your registration after a four week waiting period.

Renewing or terminating registration

Registration is valid for up to five years from the date of approval.

The expiry date is indicated on your certificate of registration. If extended, the expiry date is noted on your file in the Controlled Goods Program registration search.

Amending registration

Registered persons have an obligation to report to the program, any and all changes to the information provided in the application for registration form within ten business days from the date of the change.

In regards to ownership changes, registered persons must inform the Controlled Goods Program of the name and address of any person that will, as a result of an acquisition, own 20% or more of the outstanding voting shares or interests of the business by the later of 32 business days before the date of an acquisition or one business day after the day on which they become aware of an acquisition.

The regulations stipulate in section 15(5) that a person subject to a security assessment must inform the Controlled Goods Program or the designated official, as the case may be, of any changes concerning criminal history within five business days.

In addition, the regulations stipulate in section 19(3) that registered persons must inform the Controlled Goods Program within five business days of any changes in an application for exemption.

The authorized individual must contact the Controlled Goods Program to start the amendment process.

Suspension of registration

Any person who fails to comply with the Defence Production Act may:

Who is exempt from registration

Some individuals are exempt from registration.

Comply with controlled goods registration

Registered persons in the Controlled Goods Program are responsible for maintaining compliance and advising the program of any changes to the original registration information. This includes the obligation to report any changes in the details of the ownership structure of a registered person. These ownership details may include a change of an individual owner, a change of a corporate owner, a change of an owner’s address, or a change in the percentage break-down of ownership.

Other examples of changes that must be reported to the program include, but are not limited to:

Registered persons are also responsible for:


The Royal Canadian Mounted Police is phasing out their name-based criminal record check process in favour of a system that uses electronic fingerprints to identify individuals. For security assessments applications of designated officials submitted to the Controlled Goods Program, electronic fingerprints are already mandatory for criminal records checks.

For security assessment applications of authorized individuals and owners, as well as for security assessments of employees by their company’s designated official(s), the Controlled Goods Program recommends that electronic fingerprints be used to conduct criminal record checks.

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