Public Report on the Terrorist Threat to Canada provides overview of current landscape: Terrorism Threat Level unchanged

News Release

December 21, 2017
Ottawa, Ontario
Public Safety Canada

Canadians are being provided a picture of possible terrorist threats facing Canada in a report released today, part of the Government’s commitment to being open and transparent on national security issues.

The 2017 Public Report on the Terrorist Threat to Canada delivers an up-to-date analysis of the threat environment affecting Canada, pulling together information from all Government agencies and departments that work on national security.

The report profiles recent events in Canada and around the world, and helps situate them within the global threat environment. Canada’s National Terrorism Threat Level is currently at medium, unchanged since October 2014.

The report also details the wide-ranging and multifaceted measures the Government is taking to keep Canadians safe, while protecting our rights and values.


“Our agencies constantly assess and reassess all the data to be effective in keeping Canadians safe. Canada has a full range of counterterrorism tools, and we use all of them, including the Global Coalition against Daesh, security investigations, surveillance, monitoring, intelligence gathering, lawful sharing, collection of evidence, criminal charges, prosecutions, peace bonds, and public listings, the no-fly list, revoking passports, appropriate threat reduction measures, and prevention initiatives to head off tragedies in advance. We need all of them, and we use all of them to keep our country safe.”

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

Quick Facts

  • The main terrorist threat to Canada stems from violent extremists inspired by terrorist groups, such as Daesh and al-Qaida, as well as right-wing extremism.

  • Several measures have been taken by the Government since the last annual report:  the implementation of Canada’s Federal Terrorism Response Plan, the tabling of Bill C-59: An Act respecting national security matters, and the creation of the Canada Centre for Community Engagement and Prevention of Violence. These measures are all outlined in the 2017 report.

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