Canada — Government Announces New Program To Enhance National Security

New pro­gram strength­ens Canada’s abil­i­ty to antic­i­pate, pre­vent, pre­pare for, respond to, and recov­er from acts of ter­ror­ism, crime, nat­ur­al dis­as­ters, and seri­ous acci­dents

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REGINA –The Hon­ourable Peter MacK­ay, Min­is­ter of Nation­al Defence, and Pub­lic Safety’s Par­lia­men­tary Sec­re­tary, Can­dice Hoepp­n­er, on behalf of the Hon­ourable Vic Toews, Min­is­ter of Pub­lic Safe­ty, today announced the estab­lish­ment of the Cana­di­an Safe­ty and Secu­ri­ty Pro­gram (CSSP) in Regi­na, Saskatchewan. This pro­gram har­mo­nizes the secu­ri­ty work of dif­fer­ent orga­ni­za­tions and makes Cana­da safer.

The Cana­di­an Safe­ty and Secu­ri­ty Pro­gram strength­ens Canada’s abil­i­ty to antic­i­pate, pre­vent, pre­pare for, respond to, and recov­er from nat­ur­al dis­as­ter, seri­ous acci­dents, crime and acts of ter­ror­ism through the con­ver­gence of sci­ence and tech­nol­o­gy with pol­i­cy, oper­a­tions and intel­li­gence. The new pro­gram improves the man­age­ment and deliv­ers greater impact for Cana­di­ans with the aim of mak­ing Canada’s streets safer and Cana­di­an bor­ders more secure.

“This annu­al fed­er­al invest­ment of $43.5 mil­lion sup­ports the devel­op­ment of sci­ence and tech­nol­o­gy capa­bil­i­ties to help pre­vent crises, and enables a bet­ter response and recov­ery should an inci­dent occur,” said Min­is­ter MacK­ay. “This new pro­gram pro­vides Cana­da a tech­no­log­i­cal advan­tage to cope with dis­as­ters, min­i­miz­ing as much as pos­si­ble their impact on the lives and liveli­hoods of Cana­di­ans. Our announce­ment today makes our com­mu­ni­ties more resilient in the face of dis­as­ter”

With this $43.5 mil­lion invest­ment sup­port­ing the devel­op­ment of sci­ence and tech­nol­o­gy capa­bil­i­ties to help pre­vent cri­sis, the Gov­ern­ment of Cana­da is ensur­ing col­lab­o­ra­tion between all lev­els of gov­ern­ment, indus­try and acad­e­mia, as well as pro­fes­sion­als in emer­gency man­age­ment and response, pub­lic health, law enforce­ment and intel­li­gence.

“In the last decade, tremen­dous work in this area has been accom­plished through a num­ber of sep­a­rate pro­grams, and my thanks go to the ded­i­cat­ed, pro­fes­sion­al experts who have come from all sec­tors to broad­en Canada’s pre­pared­ness and response to threats, “said Pub­lic Safety’s Par­lia­men­tary Sec­re­tary Hoepp­n­er.

“The new pro­gram builds on these suc­cess­es and brings togeth­er the best sci­ence and tech­nol­o­gy in sup­port of Canada’s pub­lic safe­ty and nation­al secu­ri­ty pri­or­i­ties” said Dr. Marc Fortin, DRDC Chief Exec­u­tive Offi­cer.

The CSSP invest­ments will be man­aged through Defence Research and Devel­op­ment Cana­da to devel­op fur­ther capa­bil­i­ties in areas such as chem­i­cal, bio­log­i­cal, radi­o­log­i­cal-nuclear and explo­sives threats, bor­der and trans­porta­tion secu­ri­ty, emer­gency man­age­ment, sur­veil­lance and intel­li­gence, cyber­se­cu­ri­ty, inter­op­er­abil­i­ty and crit­i­cal infra­struc­ture.

Source:
Depart­ment of Nation­al Defence, Cana­da