The Controlled Goods Program (CGP) is a stringent security system that regulates and controls the examination, possession or transfer of certain controlled goods.

Anyone who deals with certain controlled goods in Canada is required to register with the CGP, including researchers contracting with industry and other non-academic partners. Some examples of controlled goods that are covered by the program include certain firearms and ammunition, many different kinds of munitions, and aerospace, satellite and other goods and technologies that guide weapons systems. Research Services 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. Registration is free and relatively easy and quick. 

Although there is a charge for police checks which is not an eligible cost on a tri- council grant. Applications take two to four weeks to process from the time they are received by Research Services. The process can take longer if the application needs to be reviewed by the Controlled Goods Directorate. Once registered, a Certification of Registration will be issued that is good for 10 years. Please keep in mind that there are strict sanctions for failing to register.


To determine if you need to register and to obtain the necessary forms, please contact:

Protective Services