Minister of Public Safety
Provides advice on national
security policy, adherence to
Ministerial Direction and the
management of departmental
an annual report.
National Security and Intelligence Advisor
Ensures the NSIA remains
informed of security and
intelligence matters in the
provision of advice to the
Clerk of the Privy Council
Ensures the Clerk remains
informed of overall performance
and achievement of
Exercises authorities under the
Financial Administration Act and
any relevant legislation or policies
(e.g. controls, internal audit).
Exclusive authority over human
resources management and
appointment of employees
(CSIS Act, s.8).
per the Federal Public Sector
Labour Relations Act and Public
Workplace Health & Safety Responsible for workplace
management issues under
the Canada Labour Code.
Ensures that CSIS and its
employees act lawfully in
the conduct of its affairs
Ensures that CSIS responds to
inquiries from the Security
Intelligence Review Committee
(SIRC) in the fulfillment of its
statutory review function.
Ensures compliance with
requirements, such as
the Main Estimates, the
Framework, Access to
Information, and the
Treasury Board Policy
Government Operations and Estimates
Standing Senate Committee on National Security & Defence
Standing Committee on Public Safety & National Security
Officers & Agents of Parliament
Ensures that CSIS responds to Agents and Officers of Parliament,
Auditor General of Canada
Parliamentary Budget Officer
Commissioner of Official Languages
Ensures that CSIS responds to various government coordination
Chief Information Officer
Canadian Human Rights Commission
National Security & Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians (NSICOP)
Ensures that CSIS responds to inquiries in the
fulfillment of its mandated review function.
Accountability and Retaining the Trust of Canadians
As an intelligence agency it should surprise no one that much of what CSIS does is, and will remain, invisible to Canadians. Successful operations that identify and mitigate threats must be carried out clandestinely in order to be effective. Nevertheless, the way in which CSIS conducts that work is subject to considerable oversight and accountability.
Since CSIS’ inception in 1984, the Security Intelligence Review Committee (SIRC) has been the independent review agency, reporting to Parliament on the operational activities of CSIS, and hearing public complaints. The Prime Minister of Canada is responsible for SIRC.
In addition, new legislation has led to the creation of the newly formed National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians (NSICOP), which offers for the first time, a whole of government examination of the national security function.
Over the years, SIRC and CSIS have developed an open exchange of information to support SIRC investigations; CSIS is currently cultivating the same transparent relationship with NSICOP. CSIS works diligently to ensure SIRC and NSICOP have timely access to documentation required to satisfy their investigations.
CSIS has also established an operational compliance framework, ensuring that compliance is woven into the fabric of our organization’s culture, in an effort to assure the Federal Court, the Government of Canada and Canadians that CSIS holds compliance with the laws of Canada as paramount.
CSIS welcomes any changes that contribute to an increase of public trust, while continuing its efforts to safeguard national security.
CSIS Foreign Cooperation
Human Rights Considerations
New Legislation: C-59 – What does it mean for CSIS?
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