Consultation on a foreign influence transparency registry

From Public Safety Canada

Current status: Closed

Opened on March 10, 2023 and closed to new input on May 9, 2023.

About the consultation

Protecting our country against the threats posed by foreign interference is a responsibility that the Government of Canada takes very seriously. Foreign governments regularly seek to influence both the government and the Canadian public, and often do so through legitimate and transparent channels. However, when individuals or entities seek to exert influence on behalf of a foreign government in non-transparent ways, this can have serious consequences.

In recent years, Canada has increasingly become a target of hostile states. From hacking to harassment, these authoritarian regimes have stepped up their efforts to interfere in our country’s democratic, economic and academic institutions.

Some foreign governments may seek to leverage individuals or entities to undertake non-transparent, malign activities intended to shape Canadian government policy, outcomes, or public opinion, without disclosing their foreign government ties.

The Government of Canada is engaging the Canadian public – as well as key stakeholders in the fields of academia, law, business, advocacy organizations, and diaspora communities – on potential new tools to protect against foreign interference. Engaging the individuals and communities most affected is critical to ensuring measures capture a wide range of views and expertise.

How to participate

Visit our consultation page.

Next steps

Feedback from consultation with the public and stakeholders will inform the Government’s decision on what measures to bring forward, and what they could look like.

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Contact us

Public Safety Canada
269 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa, ON K1A 0P8

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