Supplementary Estimates (A)

Communications Security Establishment

  • The Communications Security Establishment plays a critical role in protecting Canada’s security, while safeguarding Canadians’ rights.
  • Communications Security Establishment provides critical foreign intelligence to help inform the Government of Canada’s decision making and protect national security.
  • Its sophisticated cyber and technical expertise also helps identify, prepare for and defend against threats to Canada’s systems and networks.
  • Communications Security Establishment is requesting $20.4 million in these Estimates to help implement important initiatives under the National Cyber Security Strategy.
  • This includes funding for the fit-up of a facility for the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security, a unified source of expert advice and guidance on cyber security issues for Canada and Canadians.
  • These initiatives are critical to enhance Canada’s resilience to cyber threats.

Key Facts

  • Communications Security Establishment is requesting $20.4 million in these Estimates.
  • The money will be used to fund two items:
    • Item 1: $11 million will be used to fund the fit-up of the new facility for the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security building in Ottawa.
    • Item 2: $9.4 million will be used to implement three initiatives in the National Cyber Security Strategy.

Details Canadian Centre For Cyber Security

  • $11.0 million in funding will be used to fund the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security (Cyber Centre).
    • The $11.0 million is from a $23 million re-profile of 2018-2019 Cyber Centre funding, which was the result of construction challenges and delays.
    • In 2019-2020, the fit-up timelines on the new Cyber Centre facility in Ottawa have shifted outward again due to additional challenges with construction, including labour disruptions.
    • As a result of these delays, Communications Security Establishment is only requesting $11 million of the $23 million re-profiled funding, which is intended for the IT/furniture fit-up and construction expenditures that were delayed in 2018-2019.
    • Communications Security Establishment will submit another re-profile to transfer the balance of $12 million into 2020-2021.
  • A new facility for the Cyber Centre is needed to offer the shared use of an unclassified, multi-purpose space for government, private industry and academia.

New National Cyber Security Strategy

  • $9.4 million will be used to implement the new National Cyber Security Strategy.
  • Specifically, the $9.4 million will provide funding for this fiscal year for three Communications Security Establishment initiatives under the Cyber Strategy.
    • Improved Integrated Threat Assessments: this funding will help ensure secure and resilient Canadian cyber systems by improving the Cyber Centre’s threat assessments.
    • Expanding Advice and Guidance to the Finance and Energy Sectors: This funding will support the role of the Cyber Centre in providing advice and guidance to critical infrastructure owners and operators on how to prevent and address cyber attacks.
    • Interim Quantum Safe Capability: This project will ensure that the confidentiality of the Government of Canada’s classified cryptographic devices are protected against future attacks by quantum computing.

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