CANSEC 2024 is coming up on May 29. All of the companies and individuals who profit most from war and bloodshed will be there.

Join us as we show up big to protest North America's biggest weapons show. #ShutDownCANSEC

In 2022 and 2023 we came together hundreds strong and blocked CANSEC’s entrances in solidarity with everyone killed and displaced by the weapons sold there. We delayed the Minister of Defense’s keynote address by over an hour and made a mess of CANSEC’s opening morning.
This year, groups across the city are coming together to confront CANSEC at 7AM at the EY Centre, and then to call out the Canadian government’s complicity on Parliament Hill at noon.
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CANSEC is North America’s largest arms show and “defense industry” event.

The presenters and exhibitors list doubles as a Rolodex of the world’s worst corporate criminals. All of the companies and individuals who profit most from war and bloodshed will be there – from Palestine to Sudan, from the Congo to Colombia, from Afghanistan and West Papua to Ethiopia.

The world is run (and ravaged) by people who wake up early. On May 29th we need to wake up earlier than them to beat them to their fair. Join us at the convention bright and early as it begins to ensure everyone showing up knows they are NOT welcome in Ottawa or to continue their deadly business as usual. Then we’ll head to Parliament at noon to hold the government accountable and demand an inquiry into the arms trade.

It’s time to show up in force to oppose CANSEC and the profiteering from war and violence it is designed to support.

The exhibitors and attendees at CANSEC are making a fortune off of the carnage in Gaza

There are several dozen companies exhibiting at CANSEC 2024 that are currently arming the Israeli military’s genocidal violence in Gaza including:

  • Elbit Systems – supplies 85% of the drones and land-based military equipment  used by the Israeli military
  • Boeing – manufactures multiple weapon systems sold to the Israeli military that are routinely used in war crimes against Palestinian civilians, including fighter jets, attack helicopters, missiles, bombs, and precision-guided bomb kits.
  • General Dynamics – supplies the Israeli military with a wide variety of weapons, including artillery ammunition and bombs for attack jets currently used in Israel’s assault on Gaza. The company’s technologies are also integrated into Israel’s main weapon systems, including fighter jets and armored combat vehicles.
  • L3Harris Technologiestheir components are integrated into multiple weapon systems used by the Israeli military, including Israel’s air-to-ground bombs as well as its main warplanes, battle tanks, and warships.
  • Lockheed Martin – by far the largest weapons producer in the world, they brag about arming over 50 countries, including many of the most oppressive governments and dictatorships. They manufacture multiple weapon systems that are used to decimate Gaza right now.
  • Colt Canada – sells guns to the RCMP, including C8 carbine rifles to the C-IRG, the militarized RCMP unit terrorizing Indigenous land defenders in service of oil and logging companies.
  • Raytheon Technologies – The world’s second-largest military company, RTX (formerly Raytheon) manufactures missiles, bombs, components for fighter jets, and other weapon systems used by the Israeli military against Palestinian civilians. Also builds the missiles that will arm Canada’s new Lockheed Martin F-35 warplanes.
  • BAE Systems – provides weapon systems and components to the Israeli Air Force’s fleet of F-15, F-16, and F-35 fighter jets.

From the 2023 CANSEC protest:

More information on attending the protest at 7am:

There will be banners and signs for you to hold at this action. We will meet at the entrance to the EY Centre on Uplands Drive.

CANSEC, and our protest, is taking place at the EY Centre which is located at 4899 Uplands Dr, Ottawa, ON K1V 2N6.
The parking on site is reserved for ticketed conference attendees, so people attending this protest will need to park elsewhere. Here are two parking options:
1) Park at one of the nearby hotels due south of the EY Centre, such as Hilton Garden Inn Ottawa Airport, 2400 Alert Rd, Ottawa, ON K1V 1S1, then walk over to the protest (approximately 10 minute walk)
2) Park at South Keys Shopping Centre, at the south side of the parking lot (2210 Bank St, Ottawa, ON K1V 1J5) then take the 6:30am or 7:00am bus #97 or #99 (direction Airport) from South Keys to the EY Centre (get off at stop Airport / Uplands). It is a 5 minute bus ride, and costs $3.75 in cash.

The #97 or #99 bus (direction Airport) will take you directly to the EY Centre. The bus stop name is Airport / Uplands or Uplands/Alert. It leaves from various spots in Ottawa (including Rideau B, Lees A, Hurdman A, Billings Bridge 1A, South Keys 1C, Greenboro 1A). For example, the #97/99 bus passes through Hurdman station at 6:20am or BIllings Bridge around 6:25am on it’s way to the EY Centre in time for the protest. 

Adult fare is $3.75 cash, or $3.70 with a Presto card. Seniors ride free on Wednesdays. Transfer times during the day are 90 minutes.

To check your route, go to

Get in touch with the Stop CANSEC coalition

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    Looking for info on a previous year’s protest? Check out our 2022  and 2023 reportbacks.

    The day before CANSEC – join a webinar from wherever you are!
    Learn about the arms fair, Canadian arms exports, and the militarization of territory at a free webinar at 2:30pm ET on Tuesday May 31.
    The day after CANSEC – join a downtown Ottawa rally and gathering
    Join a downtown rally and march to CADSI (the industry association that puts on the arms fair) and a community gathering.
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