Accountability and Review
The Director of CSIS is accountable to the Minister for the management and control of CSIS.
The power to authorize intrusive investigation techniques rests solely with the Federal Court of Canada.
The NSICOP is a committee of parliamentarians that is authorized to review any national security or intelligence matter including ongoing operations and activities.
NSIRA is responsible for ensuring that Canada’s national security agencies, including CSIS, are complying with the law and that their actions are reasonable and necessary. NSIRA also has the mandate to investigate a range of complaints related to national security, including those made pursuant to the CSIS Act, the RCMP Act, the Citizenship Act and the Canadian Human Rights Act. It has the full and independent authority to determine what government activities it will review. This includes the review of ongoing activities.
CSIS provides information to Parliament and the public through the Minister's Annual Statement on National Security and the annual CSIS Public Report. These documents provide Canadians with an assessment of the current security intelligence environment and detail the government's efforts to ensure national security.
The Minister is responsible to Parliament for CSIS as a whole and for its general direction. The Minister issues policy guidelines concerning operational procedures, is informed of security operations and problems and approves cooperative agreements and relationships with foreign agencies.
The Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security reviews and studies the policies and programs of the Ministry of Public Safety and its agencies, which includes CSIS. The Standing Committee on National Security and Defence examines legislation and studies issues related to national defence and security.
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