CSIS at a Glance

CSIS Core Mandate, partnership and accountability information
Core Mandate - Partnerships - Accountability

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


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


  • Canadian Public
  • Minister of Public Safety
  • Federal Court
  • Attorney General of Canada
  • 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
Duties and Functions

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 of these threats 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. 
Financial Reporting
Financial Reporting

Financial Reporting

Departmental Results

  • CSIS obtains relevant information and intelligence to carry out its national security activities.
  • CSIS intelligence informs government decisions and actions relating to Canada`s security and national interests.
  • CSIS threat reduction measures diminish threats to the security and safety of Canada and Canadians.
  • The assessments of the Integrated Terrorism Assessment Centre inform the Government of Canada`s decisions and actions relating to the terrorism threat.

Program Inventory

Operational Program Management; Regional Collection; Operations Enablement; Intelligence Assessment and Dissemination; Security Screening; Integrated Terrorism Assessment Centre

Actual Expenditures


  2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021
Salaries 383,260,577 376,043,621 372,348,794 417,615,370
Operating 203,738,376 210,564,334 238,769,299 259,284,331
Total 586,998,953 586,607,955 611,085,093 676,899,701
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