On October 23, the Canadian government finalized the regulatory process to amend the Export Control List (ECL). This amendment serves to add controls, clarify controls and remove controls over specific items as agreed upon in the various multilateral export control and non-proliferation regimes in which Canada participates. A list of the key changes to the ECL is provided on the Export Controls Division website here.
Earlier this week, the government also published on the Canada Gazette website the Regulatory Impact Analysis Statement concerning the ECL amendment which says the following: “This amendment to the ECL is not expected to result in any significant increase in the administrative burden for small businesses within Canada. In the event that this amendment does result in a small business being required to obtain a permit in order to export, the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development will assist the enterprise with the application process.”
The current December 2012 version of A Guide to Canada’s Export Controls remains in effect until December 4, 2014. On the following day, the December 2013 version of the Guide will formally come into effect and be posted on ECL’s website.