Protecting Democracy

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Safeguarding our Elections

As we approach the next federal election, Canada may face threats to our elections and democratic institutions.

Here, you will find Canada’s plan to defend Canadian democracy and further strengthen our electoral systems against cyber-enabled and other threats. This plan was announced on January 30, 2019 by the Minister of Democratic Institutions, the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, and the  Minister of National Defence. Take a look at their speech from the announcement.

  • Enhancing citizen preparedness
    • Foreign and malicious actors are becoming more creative at using online platforms to manipulate opinions. By become better informed about the tactics used online to deceive, Canadians are the best line of defense in our efforts to fight foreign interference.
  • Improving organizational readiness
    • Greater coordination amongst government systems will identify threats, emerging tactics and systems vulnerabilities in order to strengthen security practices.
  • Combatting foreign interference
    • Canada’s security agencies will work to prevent covert, clandestine or criminal activities from foreign actors from interfering in our electoral processes.
  • Expecting social media platforms to act
    • Disinformation online can create confusion and exploit existing social tensions. The government is looking for concrete actions to increase transparency, authenticity and integrity of their systems to help safeguard our election.

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



We all have a role to play to protect our democracy

What you need to know about our plan to defend Canadian democracy and the roles of various individuals and organizations to achieve it.

Critical Election Incident Public Protocol

Steps describing the actions to be taken by the Government of Canada if there were interference attempts in the 2019 election.

Security and Intelligence Threats to Elections (SITE) Task Force

The partner roles and activities of federal government organizations leading to the 2019 election.

Think critically about what you see online

Questions you should ask yourself before trusting or sharing information.

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