Protecting democracy

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Safeguarding our elections and democratic institutions

The Government of Canada’s top priority is protecting Canada, and that includes protecting our democratic institutions.

The plan to protect Canada’s democracy

In anticipation of the 2019 election, Canada took concrete action to defend Canadian democracy. This included measures to strengthen our electoral system against cyber and other threats. This plan was announced in January 2019 by the ministers of Democratic Institutions, of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, and of National Defence. 

Following the 2019 election, elements of the Plan underwent internal and/or independent assessments, which confirmed the Plan’s utility and relevance. In order to safeguard future Canadian elections, key measures are being improved and renewed for 2021 and beyond. This will help protect our electoral system against cyber and other threats.

The Plan comprises four pillars of action: 

You can continue to rely on Canada’s strong electoral process, including:

Resources to help you to protect yourself from cyber threats:


Critical Election Incident Public Protocol

Steps describing the actions to be taken by the Government of Canada if there are interference attempts in a federal election.

Security and Intelligence Threats to Elections (SITE) Task Force

The partner roles and activities of federal government organizations in federal elections.

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