The Canadian government has announced a number changes to
Canada's Export Control List (ECL), which sets out the
goods, services and technology subject to export and technology
transfer controls that include permit and reporting
requirements. Many additions and removals of controls, as
well as clarifications to existing controls, were made in order to
reflect Canada's obligations and commitments under
international control regimes – in this case, the
Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls for Conventional Arms
and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies, the Nuclear Suppliers
Group, the Missile Technology Control Regime and the Australia
Group. The amendments will bring Canada up to date with its
commitments under these international arrangements as of April
The changes impact goods, software and technology that are
dual-use commercial items in ECL Group 1 (including
encryption), military items in Group 2, missile
control-related items in Group 6, as well as chemical and
biological items in Group 7.
In contrast with the government's recent practice, there
will be a waiting period before these announced changes come into
force, which will allow Canadian businesses to review the
amendments and make the necessary changes to their policies and
procedures regarding exports and technology transfers. It is
expected that a new (April 2011) version of A Guide to
Canada's Export Controls (Guide) will formally come into effect
on March 15, 2013. Until that time, the
June 2010 version of the Guide will remain in effect. The
government has also advised that copies of the new April 2011
Guide will be made available as of March 15.
The new regulation was published on the Canada Gazette website
on February 13, 2013 and can be found here. Further information from the Export
Controls Division can be found here.
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