Controlled Goods Program

The University of Manitoba is registered with the Controlled Goods Directorate (CGD), which is a Federal Government Program that regulates and controls the examination, possession, and transfer in Canada of controlled goods and/or controlled technology. These are defined as:

Group 2 – Munitions List (Wassenaar Arrangement): Automatic weapons, firearms, ammunition, components, projectors, bombs, fighter jets, tanks, missiles, chemicals, explosives, and related equipment and components, etc.

Group 5 (Item 5504) – Strategic Goods: Global navigation satellite systems, ground control stations, and nuclear weapon design and testing equipment

Group 6 – Missile Technology Control Regime: Missile technology – rocket systems, unmanned air vehicle systems, propulsion components and equipment

Not only are the physical goods controlled, but also the technology that supports the goods, in other words, the technology required to develop, produce, or use a controlled good. For example, technical data, such as blueprints, formulas, engineering designs, or models, and technical assistance, such as instructions, training, and working knowledge related to controlled goods

The official details on controlled goods and/or controlled technologies are found on the Controlled Goods Directorate website.

Researchers whose projects involve controlled goods must obtain security clearance and training from the University Designated Official (DO). Canadian citizens or permanent resident normally resident in Canada will have security assessments completed by the DO after submitting a consent form and Application for Security Assessment. Those who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents ordinarily resident in Canada receiving salary from the University (temporary workers) or not receiving remuneration from the University (visitors) will have security assessments undertaken by the CGD after receiving an application submitted on their behalf by the DO.

Security Assessments consider the following information for a period of 5 years preceding the assessment:

  • References
  • Places of Residence
  • Employment History
  • Education History
  • Criminal History

Please note that depending on citizenship and country of origin, security assessments may take considerable time (up to one month) or may not even be possible. Researchers are urged to consider this timeline when preparing applications etc. that involve the use of controlled goods.

Permission to possess or access specific controlled goods or technologies in identified locations will only be granted following security clearance and approval by the DO of a security plan which will ensure that unauthorized individuals do not have access to these items.

The Office of Research Ethics and Compliance(OREC) will help you determine if you need to register with the federal government through the Controlled Goods Program and will perform the necessary steps to complete that registration on your behalf. Please contact Linda Lavallee for further information

One such step is outlined below.

It is important to note that ALL individuals – principal investigators, post-doctoral fellows, students, technicians etc) who intend to work with controlled goods must contact Rick Jansen (, Director of the Office of Security Services, to arrange for a security check PRIOR TO COMMENCING ANY WORK WITH CONTROLLED GOODS. 

If an employee, director or officer does not consent to a security assessment, they cannot have access to controlled goods and/or controlled technology. This may inherently interfere with the course of the research. The legislation governing the Controlled Goods Program provides for severe penalties for non-compliance ranging from $25,000 to $2,000,000, or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 10 years, or both.