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CFP Organizational Structure

Firearms Investigative and Enforcement Services

Firearms Management and Strategic Services

Firearms Service Delivery

Firearms Regulatory Services (FRS) Directorate

Firearms Business Improvement


Firearms Investigative and Enforcement Services

The RCMP's Firearms Investigative and Enforcement Services Directorate (FIESD) seeks to make Canada safer by strengthening the ability of law enforcement and criminal justice partners to combat the illegal smuggling, trafficking, distribution and use of illicit firearms. FIESD has representation from municipal, provincial and federal law enforcement and regulatory agencies from across Canada and is made up of:

  • National Weapons Enforcement Support Team (NWEST) – NWEST offers personnel and resource support to law enforcement agencies across the country 24/7 on all aspects of firearms investigations and prosecutions.
  • Canadian National Firearms Tracing Centre (CNFTC) – CNFTC assists all law enforcement agencies in tracing illegal firearms and has the ability to exchange trace information with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, as well as Interpol.
  • Firearms Operations and Enforcement Support (FOES) Unit – FOES gathers, analyzes and reports on firearms-related data for crime prevention and investigation.
  • Specialized Firearms Support Services (SFSS) – The Firearms Reference Table (FRT) database provides comprehensive and detailed information to assist in firearms identification; the Mobile Service Delivery Vehicle provides on-site firearms services, such as destruction, disposal, test-firing and obliterated serial number recovery.
  • Crown Attorney Program (CAP) – CAP is a joint endeavor between the Ontario Crown Attorney's Office, Department of Justice Legal and the CFP. It seeks to enhance prosecution of firearms-related offences through education, coordination and networking. CAP also produces training and reference materials, such as the Firearms Expert Witness Course, Firearms Training Manual, Sentencing Guidelines and Case Law Summaries.

Firearms Management and Strategic Services

Firearms Management and Strategic Services (FMSS) consists of several sections:

  • Firearms Strategic Policy – Responsible for formulating advice to the Commissioner and other senior management on firearms public policy, legislation and regulations, and representing the Program at interdepartmental and international working groups and fora.
  • Firearms Research – Manages CFP research initiatives and specializes in firearms control issues among Aboriginal people; analyzes firearms data to summarize Canadian firearms patterns and trends; uses data from various sources and pursues lines of inquiry in support of firearms policy development.
  • Performance Management and Statistical Analysis – Provides various reports to Parliament and geographic data reports for law enforcement clients; monitors organizational performance including CFP Facts and Figures for the websites, plus an internal online dashboard; coordinates the Program's risk management framework, as well as any audits and evaluations by outside bodies; responsible for strategic and business planning.
  • Client and Community Outreach Services – Looks after internal and external linkages, including media and websites; manages relations with 1.8 million firearm owners; maintains stakeholder partnerships, including police and Aboriginal organizations; manages agreements with other organizations.
  • Business Services Section – Provides services, including budget management, human resources (plus training), national procurement, telecommunications, security, coordination of asset management, facilities management, occupational health and safety policy as well as management of access-to-information requests.

Firearms Service Delivery

  • Central Processing Site (CPS) – Located in Miramichi, New Brunswick. Consists of a call centre and processing facilities, where Firearms Act-related applications are received and processed, and firearms applicants are screened in order to verify their eligibility to possess and use firearms.

Firearms Regulatory Services (FRS) Directorate

The FRS Directorate is responsible for the delivery of the individual and business licensing components of the Firearms Act. They work closely and collaboratively with the provincial Chief Firearms Officers who administer the Firearms Act in their respective jurisdictions. CFO activities include continuous eligibility screening, issuing Authorizations to Carry and Transport firearms, and granting approvals for shooting clubs, shooting ranges and gun shows. CFOs also have the authority to approve, refuse or revoke firearms licences of individuals and businesses.

The Canadian Firearms Registry (CFR) is also part of this Directorate. The Registrar of Firearms is responsible for the issuance and revocation of firearms registration certificates and carriers' licences, as well as the administration of the Public Agents Firearms Regulations. The Registrar maintains CFR data, ensuring its quality and availability for law enforcement.

The development and continued maintenance of the standardized, national Canadian Firearms Safety Course and the Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course is also the responsibility of FRS, as is establishing safety and construction guidelines for Canadian shooting ranges. Other responsibilities include establishing training procedures and use-of-force training standards for the armoured-vehicle industry.

The Firearms Internet Investigations Support (FIIS) Unit is also part of the FRS Directorate. FIIS is an open-source unit that screens firearms licence applicants and identifies potential criminal firearms activities for investigators.

Also part of FRS is the CFP Regulatory Affairs unit.

Firearms Business Improvement

The Firearms Business Improvement (FBI) Directorate manages the design, development, testing, quality assurance and administration of the CFP's automated systems, databases, and websites. This group is responsible for the management of CFP operational business requirements (systems, processes, forms, operational policy, standard operating procedures), as driven by legislation, policy or operational need. The FBI Directorate also identifies, assesses and approves changes to these business requirements and provides support and guidance to both employees and clients on CFP processes, system tools and requirements.