Summary Report of the Meeting of the National Security Transparency Advisory Group (NS-TAG) July 22, 2020

Held via Videoconference

Members Present:

Members Absent:

Meeting Themes:

"The Role of the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in National Security and Intelligence" and the "Role of the Toronto Police Services Board (TPSB) in National Security Oversight and Review and the Municipal Level."

Invited Guests and Speakers:

National Security Community Members Present (as observers):

CBSA, Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), Communications Security Establishment (CSE), Department of National Defence (DND), Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FINTRAC), Privy Council Office (PCO), Public Safety (PS), RCMP, Treasury Board Secretariat (TBS), Integrated Terrorism Assessment Centre (ITAC).


  1. Opening of the Meeting and Roll Call
  2. Discussion Session with the CBSA and the RCMP on their role in national security and intelligence
  3. Discussion Session with the TPSB on National Security Oversight and Review and the Municipal Level
  4. Date of the Next Meeting and Closing of the Meeting

Meeting Summary:

The third virtual NS-TAG meeting took place on July 22, 2020. During the first session, NS-TAG members and guest speakers from the CBSA and the RCMP discussed: 1) the role, mandate and operational environment of their respective departments; 2) how they fit into the broader national security and intelligence community; and, 3) how both organizations engage and communicate with Canadians. The guest speakers also discussed transparency and accountability initiatives. Other topics of discussion included the RCMP's federal and provincial policing role, diversity and inclusion, and the implications of a rapidly evolving digital world on CBSA and RCMP activities. The impact, on oversight mechanisms, of Bill C-3, a new piece of legislation that will amend both the RCMP Act and the CBSA Act, was also discussed. (Note: At the time of publishing this meeting summary, information on Bill C-3 is available online.)

During the second session, the Executive Director of the TPSB explained the organization's role and responsibilities and discussed examples of intergovernmental cooperation between different levels of government. He also shared some good practices and successes in engaging with citizens, notably with respect to making relevant data available to the public.

Key Takeaways of the Discussion with Guests:

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