Espionage and Foreign Interference

CSIS investigates and advises the government on espionage and foreign interference threats.

Espionage Threats

Certain foreign intelligence services attempt to gather political, economic, and military information in Canada through clandestine means.

Canada’s advanced industrial and technological capabilities, combined with expertise in certain sectors, make it an attractive target for foreign intelligence services. Sectors of the Canadian economy that continue to be of particular interest to hostile intelligence services include: aerospace, biotechnology, chemicals, communications, information technology, mining and metallurgy, nuclear energy, oil and gas, as well as the environment. Acts of foreign espionage can result in diminished corporate and tax revenues, lost jobs and a weakened competitive advantage.

Foreign Interference

As any country with a large multicultural population, diaspora groups within Canada are subject to clandestine and deceptive manipulation by certain foreign powers. Foreign interference in Canadian society – as a residual aspect of global or regional political and social conflicts, or divergent strategic and economic objectives – constitutes a threat to the security of Canada.

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