Canadians Have Your Say on Cyber Security

News Release

August 16, 2016
Ottawa, Ontario
Public Safety Canada

The Government of Canada has launched its public consultation to engage with Canadians on the evolving cyber security landscape.

This consultation will help identify gaps and opportunities, bring forward new ideas to shape Canada’s renewed approach to cyber security and capitalize on the advantages of new technology and the digital economy.

From now until October 15, 2016, Public Safety Canada will be leading the consultation by engaging stakeholders and Canadians on the trends and challenges of cyber security, as well as on new initiatives under consideration which will strive to build Canada’s resilience, capability and innovation in cyber security. Topics include:

  • The Evolution of the Cyber Threat;
  • The Increasing Economic Significance of Cyber Security;
  • The Expanding Frontiers of Cyber Security; and
  • Canada’s Way Forward on Cyber Security.

This is part of the Government’s commitment to keep Canadians safe in cyberspace and position Canada as an innovative leader in cyber security.


“The government's cyber security review is an opportunity to build Canadian strength and expertise.  Canadians spend more time online than people in any other country.  We need to get really good at cyber security - across our personal, business, infrastructure and government sectors - so we can take full advantage of the digital economy, while protecting the safety and security of Canadians, and selling our valuable cyber skills and products into a booming market throughout the rest of the world.  I hope Canadians will participate vigorously to help us shape this opportunity.”

The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness.

“The Government of Canada has a duty to ensure our citizens’ private interactions are protected and that our nation’s most valuable information is secure. Technology has changed the way we live, work and play, and I encourage all Canadians to participate in the government’s cyber security review and help shape our cyber future.”

The Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defence

“The digital economy increasingly shapes and drives the broader economy. For Canadians to prosper and be confident digital innovators, they need to know that the networks that enable their efforts and safeguard their assets and information are secure. I am committed to making Canada a global centre for innovation – one that creates jobs, drives growth across all industries and improves the lives of Canadians. That’s why I am pleased to support Public Safety Canada in this important cyber security consultation.”

The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

Quick Facts

  • Canada has more computers per capita than any other country (129 devices per 100 people) and Canadians are the heaviest Internet users in the world spending more than 40 hours online per person, per month.
  • The current global market for cybersecurity products and services is expected to grow to over $170 billion by 2020, and the job market for cyber pros is expected to rise by six million in the next four years.
  • About 70% of Canadian businesses have been victim of cyber attacks — average cost      $15 000 per incident.

Associated Links

  1. Cyber Security Consultation
  2. Get Cyber Safe

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Scott Bardsley
Office of the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

Media Relations
Public Safety Canada

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