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TORONTO, June 13, 2013 — Today, the Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety, released the 2013 Public Report on the Terrorist Threat to Canada, delivering on the commitment in Canada's Counter-terrorism Strategy to update Canadians annually on the evolving terrorist threat environment.

“As recent events have demonstrated, terrorism poses a real threat to Canada, and remains a prevalent global problem. That being said, successful terrorism arrests and prosecutions in Canada have shown that our national security agencies are working effectively with partners and communities, and that our counter-terrorism strategy is working,” said Minister Toews. “Evolving conflicts abroad continue to shape the nature of the terrorist threat to Canada, and we will continue to monitor these threats and explain their impacts to Canadians. We remain firmly committed to the safety and security of Canadians.”

The 2013 Public Report on the Terrorist Threat to Canada updates Canadians on how the terrorist threat has changed in the last year. The Public Report notes that:

The Public Report also identifies some of the measures the Government of Canada has taken in the last year to address these threats. Some examples include:

We have also made progress to strengthen security in collaboration with the United States. Initiatives outlined in our Beyond the Border Action Plan are jointly addressing threats to our citizens and our way of life while facilitating the lawful flow of goods and people across our shared border.

Building Resilience Against Terrorism: Canada's Counter-terrorism Strategy sets out how the Government as a whole organizes its efforts to prevent, detect, deny and respond to the threat of terrorism, and provides a framework to guide future efforts. The Strategy sets out a clear approach for addressing terrorism, with a focus on building resilient communities that challenge and reject the ideas and values associated with violent extremism and work together to mitigate the impacts of a terrorist attack. 

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Julie Carmichael
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Public Safety

Media Relations
Public Safety Canada

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