Arms Trade Treaty

To achieve a core purpose of “reducing human suffering,” the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) sets common global standards for the national control of shipments of conventional weapons across international borders.

On September 17, 2019, Canada became the 105th state party to the global ATT. Project Ploughshares was part of the civil-society push to create this treaty, and has promoted it since.

Project Ploughshares, in partnership with other NGOs, has actively promoted an Arms Trade Treaty since the mid-1990s.

Ploughshares is a member of the Steering Board of the Control Arms Coalition, a group of NGOs promoting the ATT.

Canadian Military Production

Project Ploughshares monitors and reports on Canadian military production and exports.

In support of this work, we maintain the Canadian Military Industry Database which compiles publicly available records of military contracts awarded to Canadian companies as well as annual government records of arms exports to overseas countries.

Reports from the database are made available to a range of researchers and organizations, including the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) for its annual compilation of the world’s largest arms industries.

The database is not available online. Requests for database information should be directed to:
Kelsey Gallagher
+1 519 888-6541 

Estimates of charges for database searches or reports will be provided on inquiry.

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