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Program Management Action Plan

Canadian Firearm Program

Recommendation 1

That the Canadian Firearms Program (CFP) continue to be responsible for the promotion of public safety through a process which involves the effective risk management of firearms and their users.

  • Management Supports Recommendation (Yes or No)

    Management supports the recommendation.

  • Current Status

  • Responsible

    Licensing, Registration & Technical Services Directorate (LRTSD)

  • Planned Action

    • Subject to the will of Parliament, the RCMP will continue to manage the program in accordance with current legislation and applicable Acts.

      Diary Date: On-going

Recommendation 2

That the RCMP provide clear and consistent communications to Canadians on firearms and related public safety issues, adapted to the local level and using local mediums. Communications should be robust and targeted to the firearms community, but should also focus on other key stakeholders, including law enforcement, CFO’s and judicial partners, which are impacted by firearms and the CFP.

  • Management Supports Recommendation (Yes or No)

    Management supports the recommendation.

  • Current Status

    The focus of communications is based on a philosophy of strengthening communications with our law enforcement partners first and foremost. Thereafter, communications will be directed to enhancing the mandate of the CFP as directed by current legislation and case law.

  • Responsible

    Strategic Integration and Program Management Services Directorate (SIPMS)

  • Planned Action

    • There is a requirement for communications to be specific and directed to advancing the objectives of the CFP which include responsible gun ownership and public safety. This means that communicating with law enforcement across this country will be paramount.

      Diary Date: Ongoing
    • As per the "Planned Action" outlined in recommendation #16, the DG of the CFP "will be actively engaged in the development of the National Firearms Strategy for the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP)."

      Diary Date: Ongoing
    • Develop a comprehensive communications plan that promotes the mandate of public safety.

      Diary Date: Ongoing

Recommendation 3

That the RCMP contribute to the development of a training program for justice, police, and CFO's on the CFP and firearm-related legislation, and assess the impact of privacy issues on the program, all to better promote public safety as the primary mandate. Develop a secure website for police, Justice and CFO's to stay current with relevant information for investigators and Crown, with reference to: powers of search & seizure; warrants (best practices); MOU's for Mental Health, etc.

  • Management Supports Recommendation (Yes or No)

    Management supports the recommendation with comments;

    It should be noted that the Chief Firearms Officers (CFOs) are part of the CFP. As such, they are consulted and provide input regarding the items outlined in this recommendation on a regular basis.

  • Current Status

    Internal training on the program's legislative framework is delivered and external workshops / seminars are delivered which promote the program's services available to the law enforcement community. The internal course is titled the "Legislative Training Course" , is scheduled as demand requires and maintains the same delivery method on a national basis. The external workshops / seminars occur during the annual National Weapons Enforcement Support Team (NWEST) conference.

    The Canadian Police Knowledge Network (CPKN) has recently launched an interactive on-line tutorial for the Canadian Firearms Registry On-Line (CFRO) to enhance awareness of the accessible information to assist in enforcement activity.

    Review and consultation on information manuals intended to educate / inform police, Justice of the Peace (JoP), Prosecutors and Judges regarding the CFP have recently been initiated. Historically these manuals were printed and physically distributed via channels through the Department of Justice Canada (DOJC) (for JoP, Judges & Prosecutors) and through Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) channels (for police). The intent of the manuals (documents) are to provide relevant information (based on the audience) on the Firearms Act, associated Regulations and Criminal Code offences.

    The RCMP has a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General (OMAG) for the sharing / assignment of a resource who provides advice to law enforcement agencies, customs officers, police officers, and crown attorneys in regards to firearms investigations and prosecutions. Also provides development training sessions in weapons investigation and prosecution techniques. This MOU is in the process of being extended for a three year period.

    As referred to in the "Current Status" of recommendation #11 of this MAP; the there is a review of all IM practices, an updated Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) as well as a Records Disposition Authority (RDA) through Library & Archives Canada (records retention).

  • Responsible

    • SIPMS
    • Firearms Investigative and Enfor-cement Services Directorate (FIESD)
    • Operations Support Services Directorate (OSSD)
  • Planned Action

    • Explore training program options with the RCMP's National Learning Design and Evaluation Section and existing RCMP Community, Contract and Aboriginal Policing Services (CCAPS) initiatives.

      Diary Date: August 31, 2010
    • Seek RCMP approval for outreach to police academies and training facilities; more laminates; more outreach specific to local areas.

      Diary Date: April 1, 2010
    • Develop and distribute a very concise Police Handbook that front line officers can quickly reference when dealing with firearms issues.

      Diary Date: April 1, 2010
    • Maintain partnerships with CPKN, OMAG.

      Diary Date: On-going
    • To continue to build Program related tools (Police Officers On-line Handbook, Prosecutors Manual), and to actively pursue new, as well as utilize existing, secure web portal channels that will assist in the on-going dissemination of program related material to target audiences. On-line channels will be analyzed once the documents are closer to completion to establish the best means of dissemination.

      Diary Date: September 30, 2010
    • Although the CFP does not currently have an MOU relating to mental health. As addressed in "Planned Action" for recommendation #17 of this MAP; The DG of the CFP "will maintain existing relationships and explore partnerships with the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians, Canadian Police Association and the Canadian Association of Police Boards."

      Diary Date: On-going
    • Police Web Services already developed for Public Agent Firearms Regulation Reporting - expand on existing technology to increase availability of tools for police.

      Diary Date: March 31, 2011

Recommendation 4

That the RCMP's website be developed into a more user friendly environment and target the general public, young and old in Canada's official and predominant indigenous languages. This is particularly relevant for people in isolated communities where the internet is available.

  • Management Supports Recommendation (Yes or No)

    Management supports the recommendation.

  • Current Status

    The website has undergone several changes during the last 18 months, including the migration of the former Canadian Firearms Center (CAFC) website into the RCMP platform and the Common Look and Feel (CFL) 2.0 standardization.

  • Responsible

    SIPMS

  • Planned Action

    • Contingent on available budget, develop a work plan to review all aspects of the website, updating the material as required and identifying information gaps as well as restructuring how the information is organized.

      Diary Date: March 31, 2010

Recommendation 5

That a process of quality control or auditing be developed to ensure consistent, quality delivery of the safety training courses across the country.

  • Management Supports Recommendation (Yes or No)

    Management supports the recommendation.

  • Current Status

    The CFP is the course content owner and the delivery is a provincial responsibility at the CFO level. As such, the delivery is not consistent, nor are the manuals being used.

    On a national level, the CFP (in consultation with the CFO offices) is currently reviewing and re-formatting the Canadian Firearms Safety Course content as well as its delivery.

  • Responsible

    LRTSD

  • Planned Action

    • Obtain confirmation from Legal Services that the Attorney General of the Province still has statutory power which gives provincial right to decide how training will be delivered.

      Diary Date: March 31, 2010
    • Review terms and conditions of the Federal-Provincial Contribution Agreements to determine if all provinces are bound to use the same material.

      Diary Date: March 31, 2010
    • Develop a plan to ensure that only the current and nationally approved version of the manual is available for use.

      Diary Date: July 2, 2010
    • Continue to engage CFO offices in reviewing and updating the course material.

      Diary Date: March 31, 2010
    • Engage existing provincial associations with existing standards for auditing purposes.

      Diary Date: July 2, 2010

Recommendation 6

That the enhanced screening process continues as it is a useful tool for Firearm Investigators in developing their investigations to determine whether the restricted and prohibited firearm license applicants should be allowed to possess firearms. This process could be further utilized for the non-restricted license applicants on a random basis to ensure that these standards are maintained to a high standard.

  • Management Supports Recommendation (Yes or No)

    Management supports the first part of the recommendation and will consider expansion of enhanced screening process upon further research.

  • Current Status

    The CFP's Central Processing Site (CPS) current process includes interviews with applicants and references of clients requesting Restricted and Prohibited license privileges (Possession Acquisition Licenses and New Possession Only Licenses) for all provinces except Quebec, as they have taken ownership of this activity for their province.

    Applicants requesting non-restricted licence privileges are not part of the Enhanced Screening mandate at this time.

  • Responsible

    Central Processing Site (CPS)

  • Planned Action

    • The CFP will explore the benefits and required resources of implementing a similar process for the applicants for non-restricted firearm privileges and seek the subsequent approval through RCMP channels.

      Diary Date: April 30, 2010

Recommendation 7

That the CFP work in collaboration with public safety partners to consider the merits of a five (5) year Firearm License renewal process.

  • Management Supports Recommendation (Yes or No)

    Management supports the recommendation.

  • Current Status

    The Review of Firearms Licensing Renewal Report prepared by Kelly Sears Consulting Group (March 31, 2009) is an RCMP CFP sponsored report that recommends continuation of the current 5 year licensing regime. It also demonstrates that the CFP is on side with its international counterparts in the United Kingdom and Australia.

    The CFP is currently monitoring compliance rates and analysing trends through the 'In-Sites II' business intelligence system.

  • Responsible

    SIPMS

  • Planned Action

    • Continue to monitor compliance rates.

      Diary Date: On-going

Recommendation 8

That the CFP examine the feasibility of incorporating other agency databanks and applicant mental health risk factors into the decision making process. Accordingly, the privacy issues surrounding mental health needs to be addressed further.

  • Management Supports Recommendation (Yes or No)

    Management supports the recommendation.

  • Current Status

    There is currently no formal process in place to examine the feasibility of incorporating other agency databanks and applicant mental health risk factors into the decision making process.

    As addressed in the "Planned Action" of recommendation #17 of this MAP: The DG of the CFP "will maintain existing relationships and explore partnerships with the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians, Canadian Police Association and the Canadian Association of Police Boards."

  • Responsible

    LRTSD

  • Planned Action

    • In consultation with legal, examine the feasibility of incorporating other agency databanks and applicant mental health risk factors into the decision making process.

      Diary Date: March 31, 2010
    • Review Québec legislation and processes to determine applicability and public safety impacts in other provinces.

      Diary Date: March 31, 2010
    • In addition to this, the CFP will seek an expert opinion from the Canadian Medical Association and research any other national / provincial organizations that could be of value.

      Diary Date: March 31, 2010

Recommendation 9

That police officers be made aware of the importance, within their provincial jurisdiction, of reporting subjects with mental health concerns. Reporting correct FIP codes, as they relate to mental health, is important to ensure action is taken by the CFO. Reporting procedures as well can vary by police service, so it is important the CFP provides direction on this issue to ensure national consistency.

  • Management Supports Recommendation (Yes or No)

    Management supports the recommendation.

  • Current Status

    In 2008 the CFP drafted new requirements and improved functionality for Firearms Interest Police (FIP) reporting addressed to all police agencies. New requirements included a revised Uniform Crime Reporting II (UCR II) code list that generates FIPs containing a total of 564 codes agreed upon by the Chief Firearms Officers (CFOs) in December 2006; for an increase of 252 codes from the previous list. In addition to the UCR II codes a suggested list of codes for Criminal Code sections not presently being flagged from police agencies Records Management Systems was also provided including s. 117, s. 111 and s. 810

  • Responsible

    • LRTSD
    • SIPMS
    • DG of the CFP
  • Planned Action

    • In partnership with RCMP CCAPS review revised FIP list to ensure it includes FIP codes related to mental health and consult with CFOs if revision is necessary. Along with the CFP, CCAPS and National Police Services (NPS) are the two other directorates responsible for FIP program delivery; CCAPS for FIP data control, NPS for system support.

      Diary Date: March 31, 2010
    • Include a reporting structure on the National Firearms Strategy currently being developed by the CACP Firearms Sub-committee which is co-chaired by the DG of the CFP.

      Diary Date: August 31, 2010

Recommendation 10

That the RCMP operational policies about reporting mental health incidents to the CFO be updated and further reference Firearms Interest Police (FIP) reporting.

  • Management Supports Recommendation (Yes or No)

    Management supports the recommendation.

  • Current Status

    In consultation with CCAPS, FIESD is developing operational policy in regards to firearms. At the same time FIESD are reviewing (again in conjunction with CCAPs) existing RCMP policy on firearms to see what needs to be updated. FIESD is also developing administrative and standard operating procedures for its directorate.

    Linking to this is a national Policy Committee made up of analysts and employees from CFO offices working on developing policies for business licences, shooting clubs and shooting ranges.

  • Responsible

    • LRTSD
    • FIESD
  • Planned Action

    • Prepare a work plan to advance and update CFP operational and administrative policy at the national level (including the reporting of mental health incidents to CFOs and further reference Firearms Interest Police (FIP) reporting).

      Diary Date: March 31, 2010
    • Continue to work with RCMP CCAPS in policy development.

      Diary Date: On-going
    • Review existing standard operational policies across Canada to highlight best practices.

      Diary Date: December 2010

Recommendation 11

That the CFP make better use of CFIS for investigative work and file management. Tracking and retention of historical CFIS information needs to be maintained electronically and better available to CFO's and Firearm Officer Investigators.

  • Management Supports Recommendation (Yes or No)

    Management supports the recommendation.

  • Current Status

    In September 2009 the CFP undertook an Information Management (IM) project whose scope includes a review of all IM practices (operational / administrative) with the goal of introducing consistency and best practices on a national level. An updated Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA), as well as a Records Disposition Authority (RDA) through Library & Archives Canada (records retention) are deliverables of the project. The project is targeted to be completed by August 2011.

  • Responsible

    OSSD

  • Planned Action

    • To explore the feasibility for Canadian Firearms Information System (CFIS) to be recognized and accepted by the RCMP's IM Branch as a formalized IM repository for operational investigative actions undertaken by CFP. The implementation of policy, process and support tools that address deficiencies promotes consistency in practice and adheres to the framework (legal, policy) that governs the Program.

      Diary Date: August 31, 2010

Recommendation 12

That the CFP further analyzes domestic violence issues involving firearms. That, simultaneously, the RCMP as an organization develops further police protocols for domestic violence calls during instances involving firearms, and that they consider encouraging other police services, which have not yet done so, to adopt this approach.

  • Management Supports Recommendation (Yes or No)

    Management supports the recommendation.

  • Current Status

    The CFP is conducting research and analysis with respect to domestic violence and firearms. CCAPS is responsible for developing national policy with respect to domestic violence.

  • Responsible

    SIPMS

  • Planned Action

    • As outlined in the "Planned Action" for recommendation #10 of this MAP; " the CFP will continue to work with CCAPS on policy development" by providing subject matter resources.

      Diary Date: December 31, 2010

Recommendation 13

That the existing full registry be maintained as part of the Canadian Firearms Program in order to increase the non-restricted firearms compliance rates in accordance with current legislation.

  • Management Supports Recommendation (Yes or No)

    Management supports the recommendation.

  • Current Status

  • Responsible

    CFP

  • Planned Action

    • Subject to the will of Parliament, the RCMP will continue to manage the program in accordance with current legislation and applicable Acts.

      Diary Date: Ongoing

Recommendation 14

That, as an interim measure, the CFP considers recommending the CBSA send basic electronic data to the Registry upon shipment entry into Canada of firearms. This would serve to forewarn the registry and the CFO to better monitor registration.

  • Management Supports Recommendation (Yes or No)

    Management supports the recommendation.

  • Current Status

    The RCMP CFP is actively involved in external and internal working groups to address import issues.

    A solution is currently being developed with all relevant stakeholders being consulted.

  • Responsible

    SIPMS

  • Planned Action

    • The CFP will seek to implement a solution through consensus of all relevant stakeholders, specifically, the DOJC and the CFOs.

      Diary Date: Ongoing (work group)

Recommendation 15

That the CFP work with national Aboriginal organizations to pursue discussion and partnerships with Aboriginal communities throughout Canada, representing recognized and unrecognized groups, to enhance license and registration compliance.

  • Management Supports Recommendation (Yes or No)

    Management supports the recommendation, but with various strategic considerations.

  • Current Status

    The CFP can leverage existing resources within the RCMP. As such, National Aboriginal Policing Services would be the in best position to provide direct action and advice on this issue.

  • Responsible

    SIPMS

  • Planned Action

    • Liaise with RCMP CCAPS, National Aboriginal Police Services (NAPS), Ontario Provincial Police, Sûreté du Quebec, and First Nation Police Services in Canada to better meet the firearms safety needs of our Aboriginal communities.

      Diary Date: On-going

Recommendation 16

That the CFP consider educating police leadership on firearms-related public safety issues through the development of Firearms Committees at the national and provincial Chiefs of Police organizations.

  • Management Supports Recommendation (Yes or No)

    Management supports the recommendation.

  • Current Status

    A Special Purpose Subcommittee on Firearms was formed at the last CACP Executive Committee Meeting.

    The CFP is also expanding the partnership with the International Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF).

    The DG of the CFP co-chairs the Canada-U.S. Firearms Trafficking Group along with the ATF as one of eight working groups part of the Cross Border Crime Forum.

  • Responsible

    DG of the CFP

  • Planned Action

    • The CFP will work collaboratively with the CACP to inform them on firearms-related public safety issues.

      Diary Date: August 31, 2010
    • As co-chair of the Canada-U.S. Firearms Trafficking Group, the DG of the CFP will continue to cooperate on law enforcement initiatives aimed at combating cross border firearms smuggling and trafficking, and raising public awareness of about the illegal movement of firearms.

      Diary Date: Ongoing

Recommendation 17

That the CFP further develop working level and senior executive level partnerships with government and non-government health and public safety organizations.

  • Management Supports Recommendation (Yes or No)

    Management supports the recommendation.

  • Current Status

    The CFP has multi-working level partnerships with the departments of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness and Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT); the Privy Council Office; various health, mental health, and safety NGO's.

  • Responsible

    DG of the CFP

  • Planned Action

    • The DG of the CFP will maintain existing relationships and explore partnerships with the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians, National Mental Health Commission, Canadian Police Association and the Canadian Association of Police Boards.

      The DG of the CFP will promote better communication between internal and external law enforcement agencies.

      Diary Date: On-going

Recommendation 18

That the Canadian Firearms Program focus on engaging new employees with Aboriginal competencies, and offer current employees Aboriginal perceptions training.

  • Management Supports Recommendation (Yes or No)

    Management supports the recommendation with comment;

    The RCMP Human Resources (HR) Sector's Employment Equity (EE) team is responsible for ensuring that the EE Program for all employees of the RCMP is implemented effectively and meets the provisions of the Employment Equity Act.

  • Current Status

    Within the DG of the CFP's Performance Agreement there is a requirement to promote all four designated employee groups identified in the EE program plan.

    Within the RCMP Competency Based Management Model there are nine competencies for which Aboriginal context-specific behavioral indicators have been created for both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal employees who are directly and indirectly serving the needs of the RCMP's Aboriginal clients.

  • Responsible

    SIPMS

  • Planned Action

    • Use existing competency profile to support the CFPs HR strategy by linking it to employees' competencies and training needs for those staff who interact and engage with Aboriginal communities.

      Diary Date: March 31, 2011
    • Aboriginal and First Nations Awareness course (HRMIS code 609) currently offered on AGORA is available to all categories of employees and it will be added to individual training plans for those CFP employees who interact and engage with these communities.

      Diary Date: March 31, 2011

Recommendation 19

That the CFP develop strategic locally-based initiatives with Aboriginal Policing and the CFO's, and work within the Aboriginal Strategic Priority Working Group to develop organizational-wide initiatives.

  • Management Supports Recommendation (Yes or No)

    Management supports the recommendation.

  • Current Status

    There is a requirement for the CFP to leverage existing resources within the RCMP.

  • Responsible

    • SIPMS
    • DG of the CFP
  • Planned Action

    • As referred to in Recommendation #15 of this MAP, the CFP will "liaise with RCMP CCAPS, NAPS, Ontario Provincial Police, Sûreté du Quebec, and First Nation Police Services in Canada to better meet the firearm-related public safety needs of our Aboriginal communities."

      Diary Date: On-going

Recommendation 20

To further encourage compliance, the CFP should consider enacting initiatives that may lead to improvements to the rates of Aboriginal licenses and registration.

  • Management Supports Recommendation (Yes or No)

    Management supports the recommendation in encouraging compliance for all firearms owners.

  • Current Status

    The following are compliance incentives for all firearms owners instituted by the Government of Canada :

    • There are no fees to register or transfer firearms; a fee waiver with those renewing or upgrading licences has been extended until May 16, 2010.
    • While the Firearms Act and its regulations apply to everyone, some sections of the Act and of the Firearms Licences Regulations have been adapted for Canada's Aboriginal peoples.
    • These adaptations reflect Canada's desire to ensure that the application of the firearms law respects the traditional lifestyles of the Aboriginal peoples of Canada. For example, some adaptations exist for those who apply for alternative certification under the Aboriginal Peoples of Canada Adaptations Regulations (Firearms).
  • Responsible

    SIPMS

  • Planned Action

    • Continue on course and reassess after expiration of the Government of Canada's amnesty.

      Diary Date: May 31, 2010
    • Prepare an estimate of licence fee revenues from Canada's Aboriginal peoples for consideration.

      Diary Date: December 31, 2010

Recommendation 21

That meaningful research, policy and communications functions with requisite competencies be improved within the CFP. This would serve to enhance strategic decision-making and cost-effectiveness in order to effectively support the public safety objectives of the program (regulatory and operational).

  • Management Supports Recommendation (Yes or No)

    Management supports the recommendation.

  • Current Status

  • Responsible

    DG of the CFP

  • Planned Action

    • There are several on-going internal initiatives to improve decision-making and cost-effectiveness of the program overall.

      Diary Date: April 30, 2010

Recommendation 22

To become a future-focused program, a risk assessment, supported by other services in the RCMP, would enable CFP to determine its alternative service delivery options, level of risks and solutions.

  • Management Supports Recommendation (Yes or No)

    Management supports the recommendation.

  • Current Status

  • Responsible

    SIPMS

  • Planned Action

    • There are several on-going internal initiatives to improve decision-making and cost-effectiveness of the program overall.

      Diary Date: April 1, 2011

Recommendation 23

That the Canadian Firearms Program continue to examine the feasibility of expanding web-based service to individual program participants, and integrating service delivery with other provincial and/or federal service agencies.

  • Management Supports Recommendation (Yes or No)

    Management supports the recommendation.

  • Current Status

    CFP maintains a secure web portal which allows on-line interaction with Public Agents, individuals and the firearms business community for the updating of client addresses; obtaining application status and the recording / registration of firearms.

  • Responsible

    OSSD

  • Planned Action

    • Development of a client web service transformation plan which enhances on-line functionality via the secure web portal such as: licence renewals, individual to individual transfers and Authorizations to Carry / Transport. Obtain access to Canada Post National Change of Address database to assist the CFP in reduction of incorrect / non-current address of Program clients.

      Diary Date: March 31, 2012

Recommendation 24

That the CFP promote its services among police who can utilize the CFP-supported systems to contribute to more effective operations and public safety overall.

  • Management Supports Recommendation (Yes or No)

    Management supports the recommendation.

  • Current Status

    There is a requirement for the CFP to leverage existing resources within the RCMP.

    As outlined in the "Current Status" of recommendation #16 of this MAP, the DG of the CFP is actively promoting the services of the CFP to the CACP.

  • Responsible

    DG of the CFP

  • Planned Action

    • As outlined in the "Planned Action" of recommendation #15 of this MAP, the CFP "will liaise with RCMP CCAPS, NAPS, and other police agencies such as Ontario Provincial Police, Sûreté du Quebec, and First Nation Police Services in Canada to promote its services."

      Diary Date: August 31, 2010

Recommendation 25

That, for the purposes of achieving effective national coordination, appropriate categories of employees and numbers of employees be provided to the CFO offices to enable effective administration and operations (i.e. investigations, business inspections, provincial policy and communications/outreach.)

  • Management Supports Recommendation (Yes or No)

    Management supports the recommendation.

  • Current Status

    Staff has already been increased in regional offices to deal with operational pressures.

    While a lot of outreach activities are being conducted in the jurisdictions, there is a lack of consistency in approaches. There is some national support but more reactive than coordinated.

  • Responsible

    • LRTSD
    • SIPMS
  • Planned Action

    • Comparisons with Opt-in and Opt-out CFO offices to be made to arrive at an acceptable number of staff to perform necessary functions.

      Diary Date: April 1, 2011
    • Devise model that will support national coordination / standardization with local and regional delivery.

      Diary Date: September 1, 2010

Recommendation 26

That provincial partnerships with other government agencies (i.e. Conservation; other agencies discussed in Findings #3 and #5) be further explored and integrated into CFO offices, if appropriate.

  • Management Supports Recommendation (Yes or No)

    Management supports the recommendation.

  • Current Status

    This recommendation can be enacted through improved capacity. Staff has already been increased in regional offices to deal with operational pressures.

  • Responsible

    • FIESD
    • LRTSD
  • Planned Action

    • Reviewing firearms and hunting courses, investigating the possibility of partnering with the Ministry of Transportation in Ontario to address licensing.

      Diary Date: September 1, 2010
    • Closer integration between CFO's and "operational" side of the CFP. To be achieved more easily once CFOs are realigned within the operational side of the CFP.

      Diary Date: April 1, 2010

Recommendation 27

That a risk assessment, comparing the opt-in and opt-out delivery mechanisms, with a focus on human and financial resources, and the minimum standardization of approaches, should be undertaken by the CFP.

  • Management Supports Recommendation (Yes or No)

    Management supports the recommendation.

  • Current Status

    As per the response to the CFP Management Control Framework (MCF) Audit completed in August 2009, the CFP is in the process of implementing the RCMP's Risk Management methodology framework operationalized through the Annual Performance Plan that is expected to be completed by December 2009.

  • Responsible

    SIPMS

  • Planned Action

    • With the implementation of a risk manager position, it is the CFP's expectation that an integrated risk management be conducted on the entire CFP.

      Diary Date: April 1, 2011

Recommendation 28

That the RCMP, through the CFP, continue to work with and provide expert advice to its public safety partners related to potential amendments to the Firearms Act with respect to the pre-registration of firearms prior to their entry into Canada.

  • Management Supports Recommendation (Yes or No)

    Management supports the recommendation.

  • Current Status

    The Import/Export Regulations are not in force at this time. However, the CFP continues to work with Public Safety, DFAIT and CBSA at a Federal Working Group level as well as the executive level. Discussions are ongoing with respect to presenting an amended version of the regulations to the current Minister of Public Safety for consideration.

  • Responsible

    SIPMS

  • Planned Action

    • Diary Date: On-going

Recommendation 29

That appropriate resources (Firearms Officers) are dedicated to business inspections.

  • Management Supports Recommendation (Yes or No)

    Management supports the recommendation.

  • Current Status

    A recommendation stemming from the August 2009 MCF Audit was to develop standards relative to business license inspections. It is the DG of the CFP's intention to direct that 15-20 standards be developed by the CFOs for consistent application of the Firearms Act across the country, including both Opt-in, and Opt-out provinces. As a priority, one of those 15-20 priorities will be business inspections.

  • Responsible

    LRTSD

  • Planned Action

    • As per the response to recommendation #3 of the CFP August 2009 MCF Audit; "a committee will be created to deal specifically with the development of national CFP service standards to be coordinated from CFP HQs in order to ensure consistency. As a priority, business inspections will be included."

      Diary Date: April 1, 2010

Recommendation 30

That an interim solution be recommended to CBSA to support free flowing information to the CFP.

  • Management Supports Recommendation (Yes or No)

    Management supports the recommendation.

  • Current Status

    The RCMP CFP is actively involved in external and internal working groups to address import issues.

    A solution is currently being developed with all relevant stakeholders being consulted.

  • Responsible

    • SIPMS
    • LRTSD
  • Planned Action

    • The CFP will implement a solution if there is consensus by all relevant stakeholders, specifically, the DOJC and the CFOs.

      Diary Date: On-going

Recommendation 31

That a review of prop master businesses is completed and appropriate regulatory procedures be followed to ensure compliance with Business Regulations.

  • Management Supports Recommendation (Yes or No)

    Management supports the recommendation.

  • Current Status

    A recommendation stemming from the August 2009 MCF Audit was to develop standards relative to business license inspections. It is the CFP DG's intention to direct that 15-20 standards be developed by the CFOs for consistent application of the Firearms Act across the country. (Opt-in, and Opt-out provinces). As a priority, one of those 15-20 standards will be business inspections.

  • Responsible

    LRTSD

  • Planned Action

    • As per the response to recommendation #3 of the CFP August 2009 MCF Audit; "a committee will be created to deal specifically with the development of national CFP service standards to be coordinated from CFP HQs in order to ensure consistency. As a priority, business inspections will be included" and will encompass prop master business license activities.

      Diary Date: April 1, 2011

Recommendation 32

That the CFP reviews and modifies deactivation guidelines, and the definition of a firearm, so that parts cannot be milled and remade into working firearms. As well, the CFP should further develop policy and related measures regarding business requirements to report consignment, lost or stolen firearms in order to promote compliance, as supported by the Firearms Act and the Criminal Code.

  • Management Supports Recommendation (Yes or No)

    Management supports the recommendation.

  • Current Status

    A recommendation stemming from the August 2009 MCF Audit was to develop standards relative to business license inspections. It is the CFP DG's intention to direct that 15-20 standards be developed by the CFOs for consistent application of the Firearms Act across the country. (Opt-in, and Opt-out provinces).

  • Responsible

    • LRTSD
    • FIESD
  • Planned Action

    • As per the response to recommendation #3 of the CFP August 2009 MCF Audit: "a committee will be created to deal specifically with the development of national CFP service standards to be coordinated from CFP HQs in order to ensure consistency. As a priority, business inspections will be included" and will encompass deactivation guidelines.

      Diary Date: April 1, 2011

Recommendation 33

That the RCMP, through the CFP, continue to work with and provide expert advice to its public safety partners related to the Firearms Marking Regulations.

  • Management Supports Recommendation (Yes or No)

    Management supports the recommendation.

  • Current Status

    The Government of Canada has deferred the coming into force date for the Firearms Marking Regulations to December 1, 2010. The CFP has and will continue to work with the Public Safety Committee (PSC) to promote the RCMP CFP position relative to the Firearms Marking Regulations.

  • Responsible

    FIESD

  • Planned Action

    • The RCMP CFP will continue to participate with the PSC to promote the RCMP CFP position.

      Diary Date: Ongoing
    • As of December 1, 2009 the Firearms Marking Regulations were deferred for a period of 1 year. The RCMP CFP will re-evaluate at this time.

      Diary Date: December 1, 2010

Definitions of Abbreviations Used in This Management Action Plan

AFN - Assembly of First Nations
ATF - Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives
CACP - Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police
CAFC - Canadian Firearms Center
CBSA - Canada Border Services Agency
CCAPS - Community, Contract and Aboriginal Policing Services
CFIS - Canadian Firearms Information System
CFO - Canadian Firearms Officer
CFP - Canadian Firearms Program
CPKN - Canadian Police Knowledge Network
CPS - Central Processing Site
DFAIT - Department of Foreign Affairs & International Trade
DG - Director General
DOJC - Department of Justice Canada
EE - Employment Equity
FIESD - Firearms Investigative and Enforcement Services Directorate
IM - Information Management
JoP - Justice of the Peace
LRTSD - Licensing, Registration and Technical Services Directorate
MAP - Management Action Plan
MCF - Management Control Framework
MOU - Memorandum of Understanding
NAPS - Nations Aboriginal Police Services
NPS - National Policing Services
NWEST - National Weapons Enforcement Support Team
OMAG - Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General
OSSD - Operations Support Services Directorate
PIA - Privacy Impact Statement
SIPMS - Strategic Integration and Program Management Services Directorate