Minister’s role

Overall direction to CSIS: Issue directions to the Director (e.g. intelligence priorities, operations, accountability).



· Approve applications to the Federal Court for warrants for more intrusive collection techniques and for certain threat reduction measures.

Justification framework:

· Determine the classes of acts or omissions.
· Designate CSIS employees and senior employees under the framework.

Datasets framework:

· Determine the classes of Canadian datasets CSIS may collect.
· Approve applications to the Federal Court for the retention of Canadian datasets.

Domestic and foreign arrangements:

· Approve arrangements with federal departments, provincial governments, and police forces as well as foreign partners.

Foreign intelligence:

· Authorize CSIS to collect foreign intelligence, further to a request from the Minister of Foreign Affairs or National Defence.

Transparency, review and accountability:

Notification by CSIS

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