CATSA Announces New Airport Screening Services Contracts Across Canada
Ottawa, Canada – The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) has finalized a significant 10-month competitive process, announcing new contracts for airport screening services across various regions in Canada. These contracts, effective from April 1, 2024, mark a pivotal step in enhancing airport security and efficiency nationwide.
Contract Details and Regional Allocation
The contracts, spanning a five-year term with the option for two additional five-year renewals, have been awarded to:
- Pacific Region: Paladin Airport Security Services Ltd., with a contract value of up to $992.5 million over five years.
- Prairies Region: Paladin Airport Security Services Ltd., with a contract value of up to $1.057 billion over five years.
- Central Region: GardaWorld Security Screening Inc., with a contract value of up to $1.582 billion over five years.
- Eastern Region: GardaWorld Security Screening Inc., with a contract value of up to $1.075 billion over five years.
CATSA's Commitment to Security and Service Excellence
CATSA, a Crown corporation established on April 1, 2002, is dedicated to delivering effective security screening services. The organization is responsible for pre-board screening, hold baggage screening, non-passenger screening, and managing the Restricted Area Identity Card (RAIC) system. CATSA's collaboration with its contractors is focused on creating more efficient screening operations while maintaining high levels of customer service.
A New Era in Airport Security Management
Nada Semaan, CATSA's President and CEO, emphasized the importance of building on past successes and improving the approach to managing security screening services. The new contracts are expected to enhance operational effectiveness and customer service in airport security screening.
CATSA's Role and Responsibilities
CATSA is fully funded by parliamentary appropriations and is accountable to Parliament through the Minister of Transport Canada. Its mandate includes ensuring the security of passengers and their belongings, as well as non-passengers and vehicles entering restricted airport areas.