The list of groups banned in Canada for alleged terrorist activity grew by five Wednesday, taking the list's total to 31.

They are:

  • International Sikh Youth Federation
  • Babbar Khalsa
  • Babbar Khalsa International
  • Lashkar-e-Tayyiba
  • Lashkar-e-Jhangvi
Belonging to these groups, raising money for them, or helping them could mean 10 years in prison.

In a news release, Solicitor General Wayne Easter said the groups knowingly engaged in terrorist activity.

Babbar Khalsa is implicated in the 1985 Air India bombings that killed 331 people. The suspected ringleader of the plot, Talwinder Singh Parmar, formed the Babbar Khalsa in B.C. as a charitable organization to promote an appeal for a Sikh homeland.

Two associates of Parmar, who died in 1992, have been charged and are on trial for the Air India bombing.

The Anti-Terrorism Act allows the government to list a group under the Criminal Code. The solicitor general recommends the listings, which are supposed to be based on a rigorous evaluation.

Any banned group can appeal its listing and attempt to be taken off the list.

The act was passed in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks, and the listings were sped up after some U.S. officials complained that Canada was harbouring terrorists.