New Firearms Act

The Canadian Government legislated a new Firearms Act. As a result of this new legislation, the Department of Justice required modifications to the firearm safety training provided by government to firearm users.

The existing Canadian Firearms Safety Course (CFSC) had to be amended to reflect legislation. Also, the development of an additional firearm safety course was required to deal with the safe handling of firearms that were now considered "restricted" under the new legislation.

The Department of Justice Canada is responsible for the development of National Firearms Safety Education Standards and course materials. The provincial and territorial governments are responsible for the actual delivery of the firearm safety training. In developing the current standards and course materials, the Department of Justice had consulted with the provincial/territorial jurisdictions and various special interest groups. All the changes and developments in training required by the new legislation would have to be approved by these various groups and levels of jurisdiction. The project had a nine-month time span for completion.

The Solution

The Department of Justice called on our training expertise to make the necessary modifications to the training material.

Put together a diverse team of highly skilled specialists

To meet the project goals and timelines, we assembled a team of firearm subject matter experts, illustrators, training designers, desktop publishers, video producers, translators, instructors, and facilitators.

The existing Canadian Firearm Safety Course Handbook was amended to reflect the new legislation. It was also redesigned with new illustrations and a new layout. The accompanying Instructor Guide was totally revised, as were the practical test and the four written tests.

To cover the new course content on restricted firearms, the Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course (CRFSC) was designed and illustrated. An accompanying set of four written tests and a practical test were created, as was an Instructor Guide.

Videos were developed for both of the above courses.

To assist the provinces and territories in the delivery of the course material, a Train-the-Trainer Handbook and Instructor Guide were customized for firearm trainers. Also, a detailed assessment process for the development of prospective instructors was developed.

All manuals, tests and videos were produced in both official languages.

Involve all levels of jurisdiction in the development and design of the course materials

Needs analyses were conducted through focus groups with representatives from the Department of Justice, the offices of the Chief Provincial/Territorial Firearms Officers, and various interest groups. Competency profiles for both the CFSC and the CRFSC were subsequently developed and reviewed.

Throughout the entire design process, the content and desktop design of both the CFSC and the CRFSC were critiqued in a series of committee reviews with provincial and territorial representatives. All the tests and videos underwent the same extensive review process.

The newly designed CRFSC was piloted in six major Canadian cities and revised accordingly.

And finally, to help ensure that provincial and territorial master instructors understood what was involved in all the new course materials, a master instructor information day was held in five Canadian cities. Master instructors were shown the most efficient use of the course manuals and given instruction on how best to administer the written and practical tests.