Canada to introduce security risk assessment system at airports

29 April 2013 (Last Updated April 29th, 2013 18:30)

The Canadian Government is planning to introduce a security risk assessment system at airports in the country, which would assist in identifying, analysing and prioritising risks based on threat.

Halifax Airport

The Canadian Government is planning to introduce a security risk assessment system at airports in the country, which would assist in identifying, analysing and prioritising risks based on threat.

Being proposed as part of new regulations to prevent terrorism and other threats to aviation security, the proposed measures include new security training and strategies at airports, which are estimated to cost $11.6m over 25 years.

The new proposal requires the airports' detailed security plans, detecting risks, new training to be equivalent to international standards, emergency plans, in addition to information sharing between multiple security agencies.

An aviation security level system would develop three alert levels, including the baseline, the elevated and warning of a critical or imminent threat, with different levels requiring operators to assume specific security precautions, while not offering any additional powers to them.

Transport Canada said in its proposal that aviation security must be adaptable and proactive in the face of evolving threats and risks.

"Aviation security must be adaptable and proactive in the face of evolving threats and risks."

"The design and performance of aviation security regulation does not take place in a static threat or technological environment," Transport Canada proposal added.

"Consequently, regulation needs to promote a programs-based approach to aviation security in Canada in order to further build the capacity to respond to new and emerging threats and risks while avoiding reactive regulation that leads to cumulative compliance burden and regulatory complexity."

According to the Canadian government, the plan would allow preventing serious security incidents, while it estimates that a single attack could significantly disrupts aviation that could cost as much as $223bn.

The public consultation awaiting proposal requires operators to give in their emergency planning and risk assessments to Transport Canada for approval.


Image: The proposed deployment of security risk assessment system at airports would prevent terrorism and other threats to aviation security.