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Canada. 2008 ‘Implementation of the International Tracing Instrument (ITI).’ National Report of Canada on its Implementation of the Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects (UNPoA), p. 2. New York, NY: Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations. 1 July

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Currently, Canada's Firearms Act1 requires that firearms be uniquely identified, including bearing a permanently marked serial number or unique Firearms Identification Number issued by the Registrar of Firearms. All SALW purchased by the Department of National Defence (DND) are marked with a unique serial number applied by the manufacturer. The formats of serial numbers are established under the terms of each production contract.

The serial numbers for newly purchased/manufactured firearms for DND from Colt Canada, for example, follow a standard format: two digits for sequential numerical designation of the weapon type, starting at 0001 for the year of manufacture. If applicable, the small arm is clearly identified as a Canadian Forces Weapon with its calibre also marked. Each firearm is also marked Made in Canada, with the logo of Colt Canada. The DND utilizes the unique serial numbers to manage and account for all new small arms in its inventories and records lists of previous manufacturers' serial number rationalizations in order to support the management of the older firearms…

Firearms Marking Regulations that were scheduled to come into effect on December 1, 2007 were deferred to December 1, 2009, in order to provide Canadian firearms importers additional time to comply with the requirements, and for the Government of Canada to conduct an independent study of the implementation and potential impact of the Regulations. These regulations would require all newly imported firearms to have the word "Canada" or the letters "CA" and the last two digits of the year of import permanently stamped or engraved on the firearm.

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