Consultation on National Security

From Public Safety Canada

Current status: Closed

This consultation took place from September 8, 2016 to December 15, 2016.

The Government of Canada believes that it is important for Canadians to be informed and engaged on Canada's national security framework.

As part of the Government's commitment to openness and transparency, Public Safety Canada and the Department of Justice Canada consulted Canadians on key elements of Canada's national security laws and policies to ensure they reflect the rights, values and freedoms of Canadians.

Why

This public consultation will help inform future changes to national security tools, including those introduced in the Anti-terrorism Act, 2015 (former Bill C-51), to ensure that Canada's national security framework is effective in keeping Canadians safe, while also safeguarding our values in a free and democratic society.

Who

All Canadians were  invited and encouraged to participate. We wanted to hear from security stakeholders, Canadian Parliamentarians, experts, academics, and all Canadians who are interested in national security and counter-terrorism efforts or in improving government policy related to national security.

What's next?

The input received during the consultation was instrumental in the development of Bill C-59, the proposed legislation to update Canada’s national security framework.

An independent report provides an overview of what was heard during the consultation. The Government has also provided responses to the House of Commons committees that studied issues under consideration in the consultation: the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security, and the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics.

For a look at the supporting documents for the consultation, please visit Our Security, Our Rights: National Security Green Paper, 2016 or the associated background document.

Past Events

Date

Activity

Details

September 8 - December 15, 2016 Online Consultation

Consultation on National Security Submissions

October 6, 2016

Selected in-person consultation event with experts and key stakeholders at University of Laval, QC

 

October 11, 2016

Consultation event hosted by the Calgary Police Service (by invitation only)

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October 12, 2016

Consultation with experts and key stakeholders at L’Université Sherbrooke, QC

 

October 19, 2016

Roundtable with civil society experts in Ottawa, ON

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October 24, 2016

Selected in-person consultation (1 of 2) on Cyber Security and Digital Investigations with experts and key stakeholders at Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, ON

 

October 26 - 28, 2016

Consultation on Digital World with Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police in Calgary, AB

 

October 26, 2016

Consultation with the Privacy Section of the Canadian Bar Association in Ottawa, ON

 

October 26, 2016

Federal/Provincial/Territorial Consultations with the Heads of Prosecution in Halifax, NS

 

October 28, 2016

Consultation with the Criminal Lawyers’ Association and the Canadian Council of Criminal Defence Lawyers in Toronto, ON

 

November 1, 2016

Consultations on Digital World with the Information Technology Association of Canada in Ottawa, ON

 

November 3, 2016

French Twitter Chat focusing on national security accountability

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November 3, 2016

English Twitter Chat focusing on national security accountability

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November 6, 2016

Public Town Hall in Halifax, NS

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November 14 – 18, 2016

Federal/Provincial/Territorial Consultations with the Coordinating Committee of Senior Officials (Criminal Justice) in Gatineau, QC

 

November 21, 2016

Selected in-person consultation (2 of 2) on Accountability with experts and key stakeholders at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, ON

 

November 23, 2016

Selected in-person consultation on Accountability and Bill C-51 with experts and key stakeholders in Vancouver, BC

 

November 27, 2016

Public Town Hall in Markham, ON

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December 1, 2016

Online discussion focusing on "Prevention – Current Trends and Interventions”

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December 3, 2016

Public Town Hall in Vancouver, BC

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December 5, 2016

Consultation with the National Criminal Justice Section of the Canadian Bar Association in Ottawa, ON

 

December 5, 2016

Public Town Hall in Yellowknife, NWT

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December 6, 2016

Public Town Hall in Winnipeg, MB

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