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Applying for a Transportation Security Clearance
to obtain a Restricted Area Identification Card (RAIC)

RAICs are required for access to secure areas of the airport.  To obtain a RAIC, one must first obtain a Transportation Security Clearance from Transport Canada.

A RAIC has an expiry date and appears on the front of the card.
It is very important that you do not let your RAIC expire.
Please begin your renewal process SIX (6) months in advance of your RAIC expiry date.


For all pass applicants, please read the following information carefully.  Any deviation from these instructions may lead to a delay in the processing of your application for a RAIC.


Start by downloading the following document to guide you through the application process:
Click here to download the RAIC Application Requirement Checklist (Sept. 2020)

All of the forms and links to the necessary websites for the items within the RAIC Application Requirement Checklist, as well as other important details, are provided below.


New RAIC / Temporary Pass Applicants

The following documentation is required before TBIAAI can process your application:

  • Completed criminal background check (CBC)
    • You are required to bring in the actual results of the background check
  • Applicant's Original Identification Documents (photocopies are not acceptable)
    • Born In Canada?
      • Canadian Birth Certificate
        • For applicants born in Quebec - only birth certificates issued after January 1994 are accepted


      • Original Valid Passport

    • Born outside of Canada?
      • Present one of the following documents:
        • Canadian Citizenship Certificate/Card; or
        • Permanent Resident Card; or
        • Work Permit and/or Study Permit


      • Original Valid Passport
        • If not valid, provide a valid government-issued photo-bearing ID card or document (eg. Driver's License)
  • Each of the following for the forms must be fully completed and signed before your appointment:

1. Thunder Bay Airport Application for Airport Restricted Area Pass (Sept 2020)

        Applicant fills out the top section. 

Designated Signing Authority fills the middle section.

2. Restricted Area Identity Cards & Control of Access to Restricted Area

Applicant is to review contents of the document.

Applicant is to sign to confirm that this information is understood.

3. Transport Canada Application for Transportation Security Clearance 
         Handwritten versions of the Transport Canada form are not accepted. Appointments will be rescheduled and a $50 fee will be issued if a handwritten version is presented. Only applications which have been completed, submitted electronically, and subsequently printed from Transport Canada's website link be accepted.


4. Signing Authority Checklist (Sept 2020)
         This form is to be used by both the Designated Signing Authority and the applicant during the application package review process prior to an appointment with the Pass Control Office.



  • Have the documents reviewed and signed by a Designated Signing Authority.
  • YOU are responsible for contacting the Pass Control Office to schedule an appointment. 
  • The Pass Control Office does not get notified of your submission of the Transport Canada application.

RAIC Renewal Applications

The documentation required for a renewal application package is EXACTLY the same as stated above for the new application package, however there is no requirement for a Criminal Background Check.


Lost Passes

If your Temporary or RAIC Pass has become lost OR stolen, you must immediately advise the Pass Control Office by calling 807-473-2628 or by email. Please provide your name and contact information.

There is a $100 fee for lost passes.


Designated Signing Authority

The Designated Signing Authority (SA) for an employer is a person who has been authorised to sponser an applicant on behalf of the employer when the applicant is applying for a TSC/RAIC. The SA has an important role to ensure that you are fully prepared for an appointment with the Pass Control Office.  Some of the forms that you are submitting to the Pass Control Office must be reviewed and signed by an SA for your employer. 

Failure to appear with the documents reviewed and signed by an SA will result in a fee of $50.