Critical Infrastructure Partners

Strengthening the resilience of critical infrastructure (CI) requires collaborative work among all partners and stakeholders. Public Safety Canada works closely with CI stakeholders, including federal departments and agencies, provinces and territories, owners and operators, the research and development community and international counterparts. Building on this approach, Public Safety Canada works with its partners to share information, manage risks and reduce CI vulnerabilities across the 10 sectors:

We work to enhance partnership building, information-sharing and risk management activities with public-private CI partners across Canada's 10 CI sectors, through cross-sector engagement forums such as:

Contact us to learn more about taking part in our cross-sector initiatives and meetings.

Establishing trusted partnerships across the CI sectors is essential for strengthening Canadian CI resilience. By developing these partnerships, we are able to better serve CI owners and operators as well as the Canadian public.

Canada–United States Cooperation

Canada and the United States work together on CI, specifically related to the movement of people and goods between Canada and the United States. Together with the organizations and processes that facilitate this border traffic, this Canada–United States cooperation represents an integral part of our cross-border CI.

Security Partners

Provinces and Territories

International Partners

Canada's partners in critical infrastructure include:


United Kingdom

United States

New Zealand

CI Talks: Critical Infrastructure Partnerships


Hello and welcome back to CI talks. Today we're going to be talking about Public Safety's Critical Infrastructure Partnerships Team.

Our focus is on developing and nurturing trusted partnerships between government and CI stakeholders. To do that, we organize national events to share information and best practices across all CI sectors. The team also sometimes works on special projects related to building partnerships.

The Partnerships team regularly collaborates with colleagues from other government departments who serve as Lead Federal Departments for the 10 critical infrastructure sectors. The team also connects federal government with CI representatives from Provincial and Territorial governments and CI stakeholders outside the government. Together, these partnerships help prevent, mitigate, prepare for, respond to and recover from CI disruptions when they occur.

One of the most important events that we coordinate is the National Cross Sector Forum meeting. The NCSF is the main opportunity for 20-30 national leaders from private industry within the 10 CI sectors to meet directly with senior Public Safety Canada officials. The discussions at the NCSF meetings help the government decide what to focus on to enhance CI resiliency. Topics such as national security, cyber security, and emergency management are often discussed.

The Lead Federal Departments Critical Infrastructure Network is a group of officials from the departments leading each of the 10 CI sectors. Through network meetings between government departments who are industry leads, the group works to strengthen their collective ability to identify and address disruptions to Canada's CI and share information with their networks of CI stakeholders.

The Federal, Provincial, Territorial Critical Infrastructure Working Group brings together different levels of government in Canada to efficiently coordinate, share best practices and lessons-learned on CI related issues. This group sets out objectives over a 2 or 3 year period.

Finally, the Multi-Sector Network meetings bring together people at all levels, from across the 10 CI Sectors to learn about emerging issues and ongoing events in order to better support and advance common goals. These are our biggest meetings in terms of attendance, with hundreds of participants. Let us know if you want to be invited to the next one!

In addition to coordinating national events, the team also works to share vital and timely information and to encourage collaboration, by connecting people with Public Safety Canada and other government departments through the CI Engagements Inbox. We also survey meeting participants and the larger networks coordinated by the Lead Federal Departments to better understand what subjects to focus on and what's not working well in the world of CI.

Lastly, the team also manages the CI Gateway, a practical online tool for facilitating information sharing across the 10 CI sectors.

Today, we talked about the important role of the CI Partnerships Team in developing trusted partnerships with government and CI stakeholders in order to prevent, mitigate, prepare for, respond to and recover from CI disruptions when they occur.

We talked about the 4 main groups and events we organize, and the CI Gateway that the team maintains, in our work to promote collaboration across the 10 CI sectors and within the different levels of government.

We hope this video was helpful in understanding the role of Public Safety's Critical Infrastructure Partnerships Team!

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