CSIS at a Glance

Core Mandate

  • Investigate activities suspected of constituting threats to the security of Canada.
  • Advise the Government of these threats.
  • Take lawful measures to reduce threats to the security of Canada.

Threats to the Security of Canada

  • Terrorism and violent extremism
  • Espionage and sabotage
  • Foreign influenced activities
  • Subversion of government


  • Nearly 80 arrangements with domestic partners
  • Over 300 arrangements with foreign partners in 150 countries and territories


  • Canadian Public
  • Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
  • Federal Court
  • Attorney General
  • National Security and Intelligence Review Agency
  • Intelligence Commissioner
  • National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians
  • Auditor General
  • Privacy Commissioner
  • Information Commissioner
  • Commissioner of Official Languages

Duties and Functions

  • Investigate activities suspected of constituting threats to the security of Canada and report on these to the Government of Canada.
  • Take measures to reduce threats if there are reasonable grounds to believe the activity constitutes a threat to the security of Canada.
  • Provide security assessments on individuals who require access to classified information or sensitive sites within the Government of Canada.
  • Provide security advice relevant to the exercise of the Citizenship Act or the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.
  • Conduct foreign intelligence collection within Canada at the request of the Minister of Foreign Affairs or the Minister of National Defence.

Departmental Results Framework and Financial Reporting

Departmental Results

Program Inventory

Actual Expenditures

Actual Expenditures
Long description of infographic : Actual expenditures
2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019
Salaries $345,356,705 $341,662,738 $342,743,654 $383,260,577 $376,043,621
Operating $169,918,873 $194,901,109 $246,672,540 $203,738,376 $210,564,334
Total $515,275,578 $536,563,847 $589,416,194 $586,998,953 $586,607,955

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