What the Current CBSA Pocket Knife Import Ban Really Means for Canadians

In this post, I will be going over the current CBSA knife ban and what it really means for Canadians.

I will be taking this in two angles, from the perspectives of both individuals and businesses.

I might be late to the party on this topic, but we as a community have to continually have to have discussions about it and bring it to light in the current government’s radar.

An Overview of the CBSA Pocket Knife Import Ban.

A November 2017 decision by the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT) in favour of Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is resulting in the seizure of most pocket knives being imported into Canada.

This ruling is inconsistent with the knife laws in Section 44(1) of the Criminal Code of Canada, which defines which knives are prohibited and which are not.

Because of the inconsistency between the decision of CITT and section 84(1) CCC, those who rely on these tools for work; daily utility; first responders; outdoorsmen; and those who are in in the business of knife manufacture and sales do not know if the knives they possess, make or sell will put them in jeopardy of arrest, possible imprisonment, large fines, or the seizure of their knives.

Furthermore, section 84(1) of the Criminal Code’s vagueness has resulted in mistaken knife seizures and the arrest of law-abiding citizens ever since it was enacted in 1985.

What this Import Ban Means for Individuals

This import ban does not impact individuals as it does with businesses who directly import knives from the United States of America or overseas.

It does however impact individuals who need warranty work done on their knives in the United States. This will be explained in the case study below.

Case Study

A man named Tom (this is a pseudo name BTW) needed to get some warranty work done on his knife. He sent it back to the manufacturer who is based in the USA, and when they were done with it, they sent it back.

When the package arrived at customs, CBSA (Canadian Border Services Agency) has stopped it from being processed.

CBSA contacted Tom, and told him that they will have to send the knife to an importer and he had to pay the import fees to them.

What It Means for Businesses

The businesses I am talking about are the ones in the business of directly importing, retailers, and wholesalers.

Since businesses are importing knives, they are susceptible to random checks made by the customs officials.

If businesses can’t import, and retailers can’t keep their stock up, then the pocket knife market will shrink and prices will go up.


An excerpt of this article came from a page in GoFundMe, where a fellow citizen by the name of Suzie Von Atchen from Etobicoke Ontario, is holding a fundraiser of $110,000 to fight this ruling in the Canadian federal courts


If you do end up donating, please let her know who your referral was.


I hope you have found this post very helpful. We as a community have to fight and uphold our rights and freedoms that are defined in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Thank you all for supporting this cause, by talking about this ruling, IRL (In Real Life) and on the internet.

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