Integrated Terrorism Assessment Centre

Overview

The Integrated Terrorism Assessment Centre (ITAC) is a federal organization responsible for assessing terrorism threats to Canada and Canadian interests worldwide. Its products support the decision-making needs of senior federal leaders.

Who we are

ITAC employs professionals from departments and agencies within Canada’s security and intelligence community, some of which are with ITAC on temporary assignment. These professionals bring together expertise from their organizations and are what makes ITAC “integrated”.

ITAC is an independent body and is subject to review by an external committee called the Security Intelligence Review Committee.

ITAC is co-located with the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) in Ottawa, Ontario.

What we do

ITAC is the only federal organization that is specifically tasked to analyze the terrorism threat to Canada and Canadian interests abroad. ITAC provides senior federal government leaders with the latest and most detailed threat information, which helps them to take action to minimize terrorism incidents.

ITAC assessments are based on classified and public information, some of which is provided by partners in Canada and abroad. ITAC’s assessments focus on the ongoing threats posed by potential terrorist activity, including to special events, both in Canada and internationally (i.e. the Olympics and  G8/G20 conferences). Of note, ITAC is responsible for assessing and recommending the National Terrorism Threat Level, which is updated regularly. This tool is used by the government and law enforcement agencies to mitigate the potential effects of terrorism incidents in Canada and abroad.

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