Amendments to the Secure Air Travel Regulations

Enabling act

Secure Air Travel Act


Under the Passenger Protect Program (PPP) the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness has the authority to list individuals if there are reasonable grounds to suspect that they will engage, or attempt to engage in an act that would threaten transportation security; or are traveling by air for the purpose of committing an act or omission related to terrorism such as terrorist attacks, funding for weapons, training and recruitment. The Minister may direct an air carrier to take a specific, reasonable and necessary action to prevent such a person from engaging in such activities, such as directing an air carrier to deny transportation to the individual, or requiring that they undergo additional screening before allowing them to enter the waiting area of an airport.

The Government has proposed amendments to the Secure Air Travel Act (SATA) in Bill C-59, Part VI, in order to address issues in the current PPP model. As a result of these proposed legislative amendments, Public Safety is now proposing amendments to the Secure Air Travel Regulations (SATR) in order to ensure alignment between the legislation and the regulations which will provide the legal framework for the enhanced PPP. Specifically, the proposed amendments would enable the centralized screening and redress components of the enhanced PPP.

The proposed amendments to the SATR have three objectives:

Potential impacts on Canadians, including businesses

There may be business impacts. The “One-for-One” Rule and/or the small business lens may apply.

Regulatory cooperation efforts (domestic and international)



Further information


Departmental contact information

Lesley Soper
Project Executive, Passenger Protect Program

Date the regulatory initiative was first included in the Forward Regulatory Plan

October 1, 2016

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