What are controlled goods

Is your organization working with controlled goods regulated by federal law? Not sure? To find out, consult the list of controlled goods administered by the Controlled Goods Program. Learn how they are regulated and the legal responsibilities associated with controlled goods.

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Definition of controlled goods

Controlled goods are primarily goods, including components and technical data that have military or national security significance, which are controlled domestically by the Government of Canada and defined in the Defence Production Act.

In summary, controlled goods are:

Controlled Goods List

Unless excluded or exempt from registration, individuals and organizations must be registered in the Controlled Goods Program. The program, managed by Public Services and Procurement Canada, allows registrants to legally examine, possess, or transfer controlled goods listed in the Schedule (section 35) of the Defence Production Act.

The Guide to the Schedule to the Defence Production Act provides a simplified listing of the items that are identified as controlled goods in the Defence Production Act. This guide helps identify whether or not an item is included on the Controlled Goods List. The Schedule takes precedence over the Schedule Guide.

The Controlled Goods List is partially based on Global Affairs Canada’s Export Control List, which identifies specific goods that are controlled for export from Canada. All questions about export controls should be made directly to Global Affairs Canada.

How controlled goods are safeguarded in Canada

Under the authority of the Defence Production Act and the Controlled Goods Regulations, the Controlled Goods Program ensures compliance of more than 4000 registrants (including companies, organizations and individuals) who examine, possess or transfer controlled goods in Canada. The Department of National Defence is also responsible to safeguard controlled goods in its possession.

The Defence Production Act governs the procurement of defence supplies and identifies the controlled goods regulated by the Controlled Goods Program and the Controlled Goods Regulations.

The Controlled Goods Program is managed by Public Services and Procurement Canada and carries out regulatory duties specified under the Controlled Goods Regulations. The program assists companies in achieving and maintaining compliance with the requirements in safeguarding controlled goods in Canada and supporting Canada’s export control regime. The program is responsible for:

The Controlled Goods Regulations:

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Key events that shaped the Controlled Goods Program

What this means for your organization: registration and compliance in the Controlled Goods Program

Individuals or organizations examining, possessing, or transferring controlled goods must:

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

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