How the Passenger Protect Program Works

The Minister of Public Safety establishes a list of individuals whom the Minister has reasonable grounds to suspect will: a) engage or attempt to engage in an act that would threaten transportation security; or, b) travel by air to commit certain terrorism offences, such as participating in or contributing to terrorist activities or funding, training and/or recruitment of a terrorist group. The Minister of Public Safety reviews these decisions at least every 90 days.

Only the names, dates of birth and genders of listed individuals are provided to air carriers for the purpose of screening passengers for listed persons on flights originating from, destined for, or flying within Canada.

Air carriers are required to screen all passengers who appear to be 18 years of age or older prior to issuing them with a boarding pass. When a passenger's name matches that of a listed person, the airline must confirm the person's identity and inform Transport Canada.

When a positive match is identified, the Minister of Public Safety may direct an air carrier to take a specific, reasonable and necessary action to prevent the person from engaging in the acts described above. This could include, for example, directing the air carrier to deny transportation to the person, or requiring that a person undergo additional screening.

All individuals who have been denied transportation under the Passenger Protect Program are given written notice to this effect. If you have not received such a written notice, you have not been denied boarding by the Passenger Protect Program. If you have received a written notice under the Passenger Protect Program, you may request that your name be removed from the list by completing the Application to the Passenger Protect Recourse Office.

The Government of Canada takes care to ensure that Canadians' privacy rights are respected. Personal information is used, disseminated, protected and disclosed in accordance with the Privacy Act, the Security of Information Act, the Secure Air Travel Act and other related policies and laws. Unlawful disclosure of the names of listed individuals is an offence.

Counter-terrorism News Releases

  • Statement from Minister Goodale on the Public Report on the Terrorist Threat in Canada
    April 7, 2019
  • Statement from Minister Goodale following the G7 Interior Ministers Meeting
    April 5, 2019
  • Event Series on Countering Radicalization to Violence Concludes in Ottawa
    March 27, 2019
  • More Counter-terrorism News Releases

    Counter-terrorism - Publications and Reports

  • 2018 Public Report on the Terrorism Threat to Canada
  • National Strategy on Countering Radicalization to Violence
  • Strengthening Canada’s Counter-Proliferation Framework
  • Federal terrorism response plan: Domestic concept of operations
  • 2017 Public Report on the Terrorist Threat to Canada
  • More Counter-terrorism Publications and Reports

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