Controlled Goods Program

What is the Controlled Goods Program (CGP)?

The Controlled Goods Program (CGP) is a federal registration and compliance program that regulates access to controlled goods in Canada, including International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) items. The CGP is established to prevent and detect the unlawful examination, possession or transfer of controlled goods in Canada. Under the authorities of the Defence Production Act (DPA) and the Controlled Goods Regulations, the CGP’s mandate is to strengthen Canada’s defence trade controls through the mandatory registration and regulation of businesses and individuals who examine, possess and/or transfer controlled goods. The items that are controlled goods are listed in Section 35 of the DPA. For more information see What are controlled goods? For general information on the CGP go to

Why is the University of Toronto registered under the CGP?

The University of Toronto makes use of controlled goods or related technology in specific projects. Therefore the institution is registered under the CGP. It is mandatory for anyone who examines, possesses and/or transfers controlled goods/technology in Canada to be registered under the CGP.

How does this affect my work at the University?

The University is a registered CGP institution, but this only means that we are registered to have controlled goods in specific facilities. We must amend our registration to include new facilities where controlled goods may be present.

If there is potential to examine, possess or transfer controlled goods in the course of your University activities, the University’s Research Oversight and Compliance Office must be informed well in advance of the start of those activities. You CANNOT examine, possess or transfer controlled goods without the Office’s approval. The Office will assist the Principal Investigator with determining if controlled goods are involved, will assist the Designated Official with implementing compliance measures, and will prepare the amendment to the University’s registration. Individuals should note the following:

  • A Designated Official must be appointed to oversee compliance for the relevant facility.
  • Security Assessments:
    • The Designated Official must undergo a security assessment and complete a Government of Canada certification program. This program is web-based and takes between 4-5 hours to complete.
    • All other project personnel (whether employees, temporary workers, students, or visitors) may require a security assessment. These assessments can take several months to complete.
    • In some instances specific personnel may be unable to work on a project involving controlled goods or the University may be unable to comply with the controlled goods regulations in place. This should be considered carefully where trainees are proposed to be deployed on projects involving controlled goods.
  • Security Plans and Training
  • A security plan must be developed for the facility.
  • Security requirements may increase project costs (e.g. implementation of additional physical or technical compliance measures).
  • Training in the handling of controlled goods may be required for all project personnel.

All individuals who wish to examine, possess or transfer controlled goods at the University must apply for authorization through the University’s Research Oversight and Compliance Office. Please contact the Manager, Research Oversight and Compliance if you believe your project may involve controlled goods.

What happens if I do not comply?

The legislation governing the CGP provides for severe penalties for non-compliance ranging from $25,000 to $2,000,000, or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 10 years, or both.

Where can I get more information on this Program?

The controlled goods program is administered by Research Oversight and Compliance Office. For more information please contact the Manager, Research Oversight and Compliance.


The University has one Authorized Individual for the CGP registration. VPRI staff maintain the University’s registration with the federal Controlled Goods Program, and work with researchers using controlled goods and their academic divisions to ensure compliance.

VPRI Contact

Rhain Louis
Manager, Research Oversight and Compliance

Other Resources

Controlled Goods Program
Controlled Goods List (part of Defence Production Act)

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