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Canada. 2011 ‘Accurate and Comprehensive Records for all Marked SALW Within their Territory.’ 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). New York, NY: Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations. 4 May

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Accurate and Comprehensive Records for all Marked SALW Within their Territory

The Registrar of Firearms or the Chief Firearms Officers1 of each province or territory keep records of firearms manufactured in Canada. As set out in Canada's Firearms Records Regulations, individual licensing information recorded in the Canadian Firearms Information System [CFIS] must be kept for a minimum of 10 years after the last administrative action has been taken on the information in the record.

Records of an individual's safety training requirements or firearms prohibitions cannot be destroyed until after the death of the person to whom they relate. All records associated with the export of firearms and all import permits are stored indefinitely within their respective electronic permitting systems. All supporting documents associated with the import of firearms not stored within the electronic permitting system are retained for seven years.

Firearms newly manufactured in Canada must be registered in CFIS. CFIS contains data on licences, authorizations, registration certificates, prohibition orders and other information collected under the authority of the Firearms Act.2

With the coming into force of Canada's Public Agents Firearms Regulations on October 31, 2008, firearms possessed or seized by public service agencies and public agents,3 with the exception of those held by the Canadian Forces, are required to be reported to the Registrar of Firearms. The Canadian Armed Forces have a recording system based on serial numbers for small arms. Small arms' tracking is maintained in conformity with DND's Special Materials Control procedures. Weapons are verified by serial number quarterly by the account holder and a witness not associated with the account to maintain 100% accountability.

[SALW: Small Arms and Light Weapons]

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