The Canadian government has added Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) to its list of banned terrorist groups.

The group recently claimed responsibility for a plot to ship explosives hidden in ink cartridges to the United States from Yemen. AQAP was also linked to a failed attempt to blow up a Detroit-bound plane last Christmas.

It is a crime to knowingly participate in or contribute to the activities of listed groups, and penalties for breaking the law may include fines of up to $100,000 or up to 10 years in jail.

"One immediate impact of listing is that the entity's assets are frozen and can be subject to future seizure and restraint, and even forfeiture," the Ministry of Public Safety said in a statement.

AQAP, which is based in Yemen, was added to Canada's list on Thursday.

The last group to be added to the list was Al Shabab, a Somali insurgent group with links to al-Qaeda. Al Shabab was added in March 2010.

With files from The Canadian Press