Summary of the Meeting of the National Security Transparency Advisory Group (NS-TAG) - February 17, 2021

Held via Videoconference

Members Present:

Meeting Themes:

Invited Guests and Speakers:

National Security Community Members Present (as observers):

Canada Revenue Agency, Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Communications Security Establishment, Global Affairs Canada, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, Public Safety Canada, Royal Canadian Mounted Police.


  1. Opening of the Meeting and Roll Call
  2. Discussion Session with Guests: “Transparency by Design”: Definition, Evaluation and Institutionalization of National Security Transparency – Part IV
  3. Discussion on the Year Two First Report
  4. Information Updates and Closing Remarks

Meeting Summary:

The eighth virtual NS-TAG meeting took place on February 17, 2021, on the theme, “Transparency by Design: Definition, Evaluation and Institutionalization of National Security Transparency – Part IV.” During the first session of the meeting, the two guest speakers discussed: access to information, the duty of candor, digital technologies and data, culture change and challenges related to measurement and key indicators, as well as some of the areas where transparency could be improved. During the second session, NS-TAG members briefly exchanged on the approach to their next report and its outline. For the last item of the meeting agenda, the Secretariat updated members on various organizational matters.

Key Takeaways of the Discussion with Guests:

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