Release of CSIS 2019 Public Report

Statement

Ottawa, Ontario (May 20, 2020) - The Director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), David Vigneault, issued the following statement regarding the CSIS 2019 Public Report released today:

“I am pleased to release the Canadian Security Intelligence Service Public Report for 2019, which was submitted to the Minister of Public Safety on March 31, 2020. The report provides an overview of the threats to Canada’s security and national interests, and helps Canadians understand the role and activities of CSIS.

The trust and confidence of Canadians in CSIS is critical to our legitimacy, operational effectiveness, and institutional credibility. While certain information must remain protected, providing an enhanced public view of our priorities, our people, and our areas of responsibility, is essential to maintaining that trust with the public. The extraordinary circumstances the COVID-19 pandemic has brought upon the world reinforce the importance for Canadians to have trust in their national institutions including their security and intelligence service and to know about the important work we do to protect Canadians and Canadian interests.  

CSIS continues to evolve but our mission remains the same: to keep Canadians safe. CSIS is committed to fulfilling our mission, and we will continue to do so in a manner that reflects Canada’s values and the trust that Canadians have placed in us.

The people of CSIS take their responsibility to protect Canada very much to heart and carry out their duties in the knowledge that they are making us a safer country. I am very proud of their work and so too should Canadians.

I encourage all Canadians to read our newly released report to gain a comprehensive picture of how CSIS is working to keep Canada safe.”

Information:
Media Relations
Canadian Security Intelligence Service
613-231-0100
media-medias@smtp.gc.ca


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