Attendance at CANSEC is primarily restricted to CADSI members, Canadian Armed Forces and government (federal, provincial, municipal, foreign) personnel. CANSEC, however, is also open to Official Delegations, Exhibitors’ Guests, CANSEC VIPs, Ministry of Defence visitors (Canada and overseas), Media and Trade visitors based on the approval of the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI) (hereafter referred to as the Organizer). Individuals within the categories outlined herein wishing to attend CANSEC (including those invited by way of Exhibitor Non-Member Guest Pass) and visitors registered for and/or attending CANSEC acknowledge and permit the Organizer to use and share registration data with agencies for the purposes of future programing enhancement.

To gain entry to CANSEC, Media are advised to apply online ( and comply with the accreditation process, including providing personal ID for badges.


  • All visitors must currently be engaged in legitimate areas of the defence and security industry including by not limited to: government, equipment procurement organizations, defence colleges, research establishments and corporations.
  • All exhibit personnel, visitors, guests, exhibit contractors and services agents must wear and display the Organizer's CANSEC official badge credential at all times. The badge credential is to be worn by the named individual on the badge. The badge remains the property of the Organizer and has a notional value of 0.01cent.
  • The badge is not transferrable and shall not be worn by a person other than the person so named on the badge. The wearing of a badge under these circumstances will constitute appropriation, an automatic termination of such licence and will be sufficient grounds for the unauthorized individual to be removed from the exhibition. It may also lead to prosecution. Identity checks will be conducted as a condition of entry.
  • All persons attending the exhibition should carry and produce on request a supporting personal photographic identity document - passport, photo- ID, military ID, driving licence, national identity document or similar.
  • All exhibit personnel, visitors, academics, guests, exhibit contractors and service providers should pre-register. Their names will be subject to a security clearance process. 
  • Any person found to be registering to attend CANSEC using false information or credentials or deliberately with-holding information will have their registration automatically denied and may be liable to prosecution.
  • Without prejudice, the Organizer, at their discretion reserve the right to exclude any person(s).
  • No photography or filming of exhibits is allowed without the expressed permission of the exhibit manager. Exhibitors are allowed to photograph their own exhibits.
  • The Organizer reserve the right to film/permit approved third party filming across the show open days of CANSEC. By attending the show, visitors permit the Organizer/official photographer of CANSEC/other approved third parties to use any footage taken.
  • No sponsorship, promotional, marketing, political materials, or any article to be used for a commercial or a charitable purpose or prohibited materials may be brought into, used or displayed by any person inside CANSEC without the expressed and written permission of the Organizer.
  • Any person in possession of non-permitted items will be refused entry to or ejected from CANSEC, the venue and site. Prohibited items include knives, fireworks, explosives, smoke canisters, aerosols, air-horns, noisemakers, flares, weapons, dangerous or hazardous items, illegal substances, laser devices, bottles, glass vessels, cans, poles, or any article that may compromise public safety or which may pose a hazard or nuisance to any other person.
  • Visitors should be aware that the purchase, procurement or brokering of any exhibit or promoted item on display at CANSEC may require the granting of a strategic export license from the relevant Canada government organization. For more information and to access a copy of the legislation please see the guide on the Export Controls on the Global Affairs Canada website. (

Any visitor who at the sole discretion of the Organizer is deemed to be engaging in controlled business or activity during the exhibition and who is not in possession of relevant trade control licenses may be subject to action on the part of the Organizer including revocation of the application to attend and expulsion from the event. Relevant authorities will be informed of any such activity, which may result in legal action being taken against the visitor by these authorities. Visitors expelled from the event will have no claim for redress against the Organizer, nor any refund for loss of fees.

  • All persons attending the exhibition must wear business or service dress.
  • No person under the age of 18 years, including children of exhibitors, will be admitted during CANSEC.
  • Canvassing is not permitted.
  • No refunds are given to any booking fees or administration fees made for either CANSEC or meal events.
  • I understand that by choosing to allow my badge to be scanned by an exhibitor or sponsor when at the event, I will be providing the exhibitor or sponsor with my personal data. I consent to this personal data being used to contact me about their products or services and understand that this partner or sponsor may transfer this data outside of Canada for these purposes and I consent to such a transfer of my data.
  • I also understand and agree that my personal data may be held and used by the Organizer, and any third-party hosting provider acting on their behalf, in order to run the event and for analyzing visitor traffic with a view to improving the event experience for visitors.

While attending CANSEC, CADSI members and non-member guests are to conduct themselves professionally and act in the highest ethical standards of the Association and industry at all times. Dishonest, unethical or unruly behavior or actions causing a disturbance whether real, perceived, sponsored or endorsed will not be tolerated by any Member, non-member guest, contractor or affiliate/invitee of a participating Member and may result in the ejection from CANSEC.

  • Harassment, intimidation, abusive language and/or violent behavior towards CADSI employees, exhibitors, sponsors and contractors is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. Persons engaging in such behavior will be asked to cease such behavior and may be ejected from the Event solely at the discretion of CADSI.

The Organizer reserves the right to exclude or remove anyone from CANSEC and EY Centre who does not comply with this policy or who they reasonably consider are likely to break these rules.


Note: Attendance at all CANSEC events is restricted to CADSI members and government (federal, provincial, municipal, foreign) personnel only.