Controlled Goods Program: Ensuring Compliance in Contract Manufacturing

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Controlled Goods Program: Ensuring Compliance in Contract Manufacturing

Posted by: Alex Dove
Category: Technical Posts

In the fast-paced landscape of contract electronics manufacturing, our commitment to innovation and excellence is complemented by a steadfast dedication to regulatory compliance. As proud participants in Canada’s Controlled Goods Program (CGP), we recognize the pivotal role we play not just in advancing technological frontiers but also in safeguarding our nation’s security and public welfare.

As contract electronics manufacturers, we play a vital role in the development and production of cutting-edge technologies. However, it’s crucial to navigate the regulations surrounding controlled goods in Canada to uphold national security and public safety. By prioritizing compliance, we not only protect our business but also contribute to the safety and security of our country.  

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What are controlled goods and how are they regulated? 

Controlled goods in Canada refer to items, including electronics, that are regulated by the Canadian government due to their potential risks to national security or public safety. These goods are regulated through the Controlled Goods Program (CGP). The CGP is responsible for registration, examination and compliance activities related to controlled goods. Any businesses or individuals involved in the possession, examination or transfer of controlled goods must register through the CGP; this includes manufacturers, exporters, importers and individuals working in the defense and security sectors.  


Begin your compliance journey from the start by enrolling in the Controlled Goods Program (CGP) if your business handles controlled goods through possession, examination, or transfer. Eligibility for CGP registration is contingent on factors such as the nature of your business activities and your engagement with controlled goods. The registration process encompasses diverse applications and security assessments.

What are the consequences of non-compliance within the Controlled Goods Program in Canada?  

Non-compliance with the CGP can result in penalties, fines or criminal charges. It is important to adhere to the regulations and ensure proper registration, handling and transfer of controlled goods.  As conscientious contributors to the industry, we encourage businesses and individuals alike to stay informed about these regulations, seeking guidance when needed to ensure compliance.

How can I determine if a specific electronic item is considered a controlled good in Canada? 

The Controlled Goods Regulation (CGR) provide a list of controlled items, including specific electronic goods. You can refer to the CGR or consult the Canadian Government’s controlled goods authorities for clarification.  Vigilance in determining control is a shared responsibility among manufacturers, exporters, importers, and individuals operating within the defense and security sectors.

Are there restrictions on exporting controlled electronics from Canada?  

Some controlled electronics may require an export permit or authorization, depending on their nature, destination and end-use.  Exporting controlled electronics demands a nuanced approach, necessitating compliance with Canada’s export control regulations. Depending on the nature, destination, and end-use of the goods, an export permit or authorization may be required. Our commitment extends to securing the necessary permits, facilitating a seamless and lawful export process.

In Conclusion

Whether it’s registering with the CGP, staying informed about specific electronic items classified as controlled goods, or navigating the complexities of exporting, our commitment to compliance remains unwavering. As we traverse the dynamic regulatory landscape, we acknowledge the fluidity of these regulations. Therefore, we encourage all stakeholders to consult official government sources or seek legal advice for the latest and most accurate information, ensuring a secure and compliant process.

Please note that regulations and procedures related to controlled goods in Canada may change over time. It is advisable to consult official government sources or seek legal advice for the most up-to-date and accurate information.