Marine Transportation Security Act (S.C. 1994, c. 40)

Act current to 2015-11-16 and last amended on 2008-06-18. Previous Versions


Marginal note:Binding on Her Majesty

 This Act is binding on Her Majesty in right of Canada or a province.

Marginal note:Application to vessels and marine facilities
  •  (1) Subject to subsections (2) and (3), this Act applies in respect of

    • (a) vessels and marine facilities in Canada;

    • (b) Canadian ships outside Canada; and

    • (c) marine installations and structures, as provided in sections 5 and 6 of the Canadian Laws Offshore Application Act.

  • Marginal note:Limitation

    (2) This Act does not apply so as to require or authorize any person outside Canada to contravene the law of a foreign country or any Canadian ship outside Canada to be operated in contravention of that law.

  • Marginal note:Limitation - military vessels, etc.

    (3) This Act does not apply in respect of

    • (a) vessels and marine facilities operated under the authority of the Minister of National Defence; or

    • (b) military vessels of a foreign country to the extent that the Minister of National Defence may exempt them from the application of this Act.


Marginal note:Regulations respecting security
  •  (1) The Governor in Council may make regulations respecting the security of marine transportation, including regulations

    • (a) for preventing unlawful interference with marine transportation and ensuring that appropriate action is taken where that interference occurs or could occur;

    • (b) requiring or authorizing screening for the purpose of protecting persons, goods, vessels and marine facilities;

    • (c) respecting the establishment of restricted areas;

    • (d) respecting the keeping and preservation of records and documents relating to the security of marine operations, including copies of the regulations, security measures and security rules;

    • (e) for requiring the records and documents to be filed with the Minister or provided on request; and

    • (f) respecting the protection, preservation and return of any evidence that has been seized under this Act without a warrant or any vessel that has been detained under this Act.

  • Marginal note:Offences relating to the regulations

    (2) Every person who contravenes a regulation made under subsection (1) is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction and liable

    • (a) in the case of an individual, to a fine not exceeding $5,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months or to both; or

    • (b) in the case of a corporation, to a fine not exceeding $100,000.

  • 1994, c. 40, s. 5;
  • 2001, c. 29, s. 56.