Transfer for the Canadian Safety and Security Program

  • The Canadian Safety and Security Program is a federally-funded program led by Defence Research and Development Canada, in partnership with Public Safety Canada.
  • This program’s collaborative model works domestically and internationally with government, industry, and academia to foster innovation and new technology in the field of safety and security.
  • In these Estimates, National Defence is transferring $1.5 million to other government departments who have applied for funds under this program.
  • These funds will support various projects, including ones that acquire handheld chemical and explosives detectors, 3-D printers, and forensic tools.
  • National Defence will continue to work closely with other government departments to find innovative solutions to security challenges.

Key Facts

  • National Defence is transferring funds to:
    • Atomic Energy of Canada Limited: $550,000
    • Public Health Agency of Canada: $240,000
    • Canadian Security Intelligence Service: $85,715
    • National Research Council Canada: $220,000
    • Health Canada: $341,000
    • Royal Canadian Mounted Police: $112,700


  • The Canadian Safety and Security Program (CSSP) was launched in 2012 and is led by Defence Research and Development Canada’s Centre for Security Science, in partnership with Public Safety Canada.
  • CSSP’s mission is to strengthen Canada’s ability to anticipate, prevent, mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from natural disasters, serious accidents, crime and terrorism through the convergence of science and technology with policy, operations and intelligence.
  • The program’s projects allow public safety and security practitioners to work with science and technology experts to identify challenges and gaps, contribute new knowledge, develop new tools, and provide advice that will help protect Canada, its people, and infrastructure.
  • CSSP’s Technology Acquisitions instrument enhances federal scientific and technology capabilities for public safety and security through strategic acquisition of technologies.

List of Technology Acquision Projects

Government Organization Project Expected Results Funding
Atomic Energy of Canada Limited Deuterium-Tritium Neutron Generator with Associated particle feature This has significant potential to improve spatial resolution and signal-to-noise ratio in detection of Special Nuclear Materials (SNM), opioids, and explosives in cargo containers. $250,000
DNA Analysis equipment for Nuclear Forensics Will provide the tools required to analyze Radiological or Nuclear contaminated DNA evidence. $300,000
Public Health Agency of Canada FilmArray Bio Surveillance System Acquisition Will enable testing of pathogens within containment to ensure the ability to detect evolving threats $240,000
Canadian Security Intelligence Service Acquisition and evaluation of handheld chemical and explosives detectors Will enhance CSIS’s ability to recognize and mitigate hazards in the field $85,715
National Research Council Canada 3-D Aerosol Jet Printer with 5 AXIS printing and LASER Sintering Capabilities Help accelerate textile and fibre based sensor research $220,000
Health Canada Dual high resolution gamma ray spectrometers Will drastically improve Health Canada’s capability to detect and identify radioactivity. $341,000
Royal Canadian Mounted Police Automated Wire Bonder for hardware Forensics Processing Will enable the application of forensic techniques that generate key evidences for court purposes $67,700
Smiths Detection “lonscan 600” explosives residue detector Ion 600 is required to maintain suitable Post Blast investigation capability in Canada $45,000
Total $1,549,415

Version 5; 2020-02-19 – Source: Director Budget draft tab; D Parl A Supps (B) 2019 note, “Canadian Safety and Security Program.”

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