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The National Security Act (2017)

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The National Security Act (2017) was passed into law on June 21, 2019. The Act includes a number of measures to enhance Canada’s national security framework and keep Canadians safe, while respecting the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and the values of our free and democratic society.


Amendments to the CSIS Act – Justification Framework

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To pursue its mandate effectively, CSIS must be confident that it has the legal framework and tools to investigate threats to national security and to advise Government accordingly. The work to begin modernizing the CSIS Act serves to address the challenges posed by outdated legislation. It also aims to enhance the transparency and accountability regime under which CSIS operates - a consideration repeatedly emphasized during the Government of Canada’s public consultations on national security.


Amendments to the CSIS Act - Threat Reduction Measures

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Threats to the security of Canada are defined in the CSIS Act, and include espionage, sabotage, foreign influenced activities, terrorism and domestic subversion (activities aimed at undermining the constitutionally established system of government in Canada).


Amendments to the CSIS Act - Data Analytics

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More than three decades ago when the CSIS Act was first drafted, the threat landscape was dominated by the Cold War. The intelligence community had the luxury of watching spies over a long period of time, perhaps years. The activities of Cold war spies were incremental and predictable.


Joint CSE and CSIS Statement – May 14, 2020 

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COVID-19 has had a profound impact on our country and the world. This uncertain environment is ripe for exploitation by threat actors seeking to advance their own interests.


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