2022 Director's Mandate Letter

David Vigneault
Director, Canadian Security Intelligence Service
CSIS National Headquarters
1948 Ogilvie Road
Ottawa ON  K1J 9N4

Dear Director Vigneault:

It is with pleasure that I write to you in my capacity as Minister of Public Safety. In this letter, I will share some details about the mandate given to me by the Prime Minister and the many elements that involve the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), as well as my expectations for CSIS.

I want to begin by applauding the great work of CSIS employees, in particular in the face of the pandemic. Since assuming my responsibilities, I’m proud of how the Service has provided critical and timely intelligence. You have also taken important steps to improve and modernize operations, which have ensured that CSIS can respond to threats to Canada while safeguarding our rights and freedoms. As these threats grow and evolve in the years to come, the work of CSIS will be ever more important.

It is essential that CSIS maintain the confidence of Canadians, which includes operating within the law and respecting the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. CSIS must also work to eliminate any systemic racism or unconscious bias in its operations, and apply a GBA+ lens to its work and policies. Internally, this means ensuring a healthy and inclusive workplace for all employees. Externally, it includes addressing instances where racialized Canadians & newcomers have faced additional barriers, and ensuring that minority communities are not subject to unfair scrutiny in the name of national security.

In recent years, CSIS has made great strides towards being more transparent with Canadians. These range from outreach with civil society to the CSIS annual public report to engagement with the National Security Transparency Advisory Group. These efforts are vital to maintaining the trust of the public, and other institutions such as the Federal Court. While transparency in national security can be challenging, I expect CSIS to continue supporting democratic accountability by providing Canadians with as much information as possible.

As you know, the Prime Minister has given me a mandate to act in several important areas, and many of these touch upon the work of CSIS. To realize these objectives, he has asked that I deliver on the following specific commitments that involve CSIS:

Contribute to broader efforts to promote economic security and combat foreign interference by:

In order to realize these objectives, I expect CSIS to:

In addition to assisting in realizing these objectives, I expect CSIS to:

I look forward to a productive and collaborative relationship as we work together to protect Canadians from the wide range of threats that we face.

Yours sincerely,

The Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, P.C., M.P.

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