Federal terrorism response plan: Domestic concept of operations
As the threat from terrorism continues to evolve, Canada’s response must continually adapt and change to keep Canadians safe. The Federal Terrorism Response Plan (FTRP) sets out an operational model to guide an integrated and effective response to a terrorist incident or threat.
The Plan strengthens domestic coordination among security and intelligence agencies and all levels of government, centered on a modernized operational model, which affirms that:
- responding to a terrorist threat or incident requires a coordinated effort by multiple levels and jurisdictions of government;
- the Minister of Public Safety is responsible for exercising leadership at the national level relating to public safety and emergency preparedness, including terrorismFootnote1; and
- the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) leads the criminal investigation into a domestic terrorist attack, as part of its mandate of primary responsibility for national security law enforcement in Canada.
Consistent with the Emergency Management Act, the Plan’s operational model recognizes that the majority of emergencies are dealt with at the local level by local governments and first responders, including law enforcement. As the severity of the incident increases, the required level of response is escalated. The federal government has lead jurisdiction for the management of terrorist incidents, and provincial/territorial, local governments and local law enforcement have essential responsibilities that require concurrent and complementary action (such as emergency and security response, support for victims or consequence management).
The purpose of the FTRP is to strengthen coordination among security and intelligence (S&I) departments and agenciesFootnote2 and facilitate a collective response to a terrorist incident occurring in Canada. To accomplish this, the Plan:
- Defines the lead departments and agencies responsible for a S&I response to a terrorist incident;
- Establishes a notification and information sharing structure for senior officials;
- Sets out information sharing processes for S&I agencies to use in the event of a terrorist incident;
- Outlines the relevant plans used by departments and agencies to respond to a terrorist incident; and
- Identifies the communications framework for the Government of Canada to be used for a terrorist incident.
The FTRP is intended to provide strategic guidance that:
- Applies to acts of terrorism that occur in Canada, or events abroad with a direct national security impact to Canada requiring the support of the S&I community;
- Outlines operational concepts for the S&I community response to an elevated terrorism threat level or terrorist incident;
- Serves as the foundation for other terrorism response plans, including between different jurisdictions; and
- Recognizes that the majority of emergencies are dealt with at the local level by local government and first responders and that federal resources will likely be required in the event of a significant terrorist attack, or if a credible threat emerges.
The National Security and Intelligence Advisor (NSIA) advises the Prime Minister on national security and intelligence operations and policy, ensures the effective coordination of the security and intelligence community through the chairing of Deputy Minister level committees on national security and supports the Cabinet Committee on Intelligence and Emergency Management in managing national security and intelligence activities.
- Public Safety Canada (PS) is responsible for coordinating the response to a domestic terrorist incident, relying on the following departments and agencies to form the core federal response:
- The Royal Canadian Mounted Police has primary responsibility for the investigation, prevention and prosecution of criminal activities related to terrorism and national security. The RCMP may be the police of local jurisdiction, or may be asked to provide support by local law enforcement.
- The Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) is responsible for leading the security investigation of a credible threat to Canada, as per the Canadian Security Intelligence Service Act.
- The Communications Security Establishment (CSE) is responsible for helping to protect Canadians at home and abroad from foreign threats to our national security by collecting foreign signals intelligence and providing support to federal law enforcement agencies in their legally authorized activities.
- The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is responsible for ensuring the border integrity of Canada and supporting the RCMP and other agencies engaged in threat management and event response.
- The Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces (DND/CAF) is responsible for supporting law enforcement through the Request For Assistance (RFA) process. If an incident is determined to be an attack against Canada, defence agreements may be invoked and the CAF would lead.
- Transport Canada (TC) is responsible for supporting the RCMP and/or DND/CAF in responding to a terrorist incident affecting the transportation system (all modes) and is also responsible to work with industry to implement appropriate transportation security measures.
- Health Canada (HC) is responsible for supporting law enforcement in responding to a terrorist incident involving Chemical, Biological, Radiological or Nuclear (CBRN) materials or a public health/consequence management response. The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is responsible for supporting law enforcement in responding to a terrorist incident involving biological material.
Federal Plan for Responding to a Terrorist Incident
The Canadian S&I community’s response to a terrorist threat or incident requires collaboration among numerous areas of expertise to provide a comprehensive response capability. Each federal department and agency is guided by their respective response plans as per their mandates and authorities, with overarching direction provided by this Plan, senior coordinating committees and relevant senior officials.
In addition to their standard response functions, several departments and agencies have specialized capabilities that can be brought to bear should the situation warrant (such as CBRN response or armed assistance). Though these capabilities are unique, they nonetheless follow the same governance model as set out in this Plan.
Across the federal government, the network of operations centres provide departments and agencies with information within their respective areas of responsibility.
For the purposes of the FTRP, responding to a terrorist threat or incident in Canada is composed of three overlapping categories of action (figure 1):
- Coordinated crisis response (Police of local jurisdiction, RCMP and other government departments);
- Security and intelligence response (S&I community) and information sharing; and
- Consequence management response (Provinces/Territories/Municipalities/PS)Footnote3
Figure 1 – The multi-faceted approach to responding to a domestic terrorist incident.
This graphic illustrates how, for the purposes of the FTRP, responding to a terrorist threat or incident in Canada is composed of three overlapping categories of action :
- Coordinated crisis response (police of local jurisdiction responds): local/provincial emergency and/or terrorism response plan activated and confirmation of a national security nexus
- Security and intelligence response (RCMP leads investigation): including National Security Notification Process, specialized response plans, communications, intelligence analysis and support, National Threat Level, international collaboration, information sharing/dissemination, collective federal action
- Consequence management response (Provinces/Territories/Municipalities/PS): federal assistance can be requested, complex incidents with far reaching consequences, coordination of federal resources/assets, ongoing information sharing
The FTRP focuses primarily on the S&I response while ensuring that it is connected with the elements of crisis response and consequence management. Not all terrorist incidents will necessitate consequence management (e.g.: potential attacks that have been thwarted). In complex situations involving a terrorist incident in Canada, the Government Operations Centre (GOC) will provide strategic situational awareness and high level coordination for consequence management and associated planning.
Crisis response is primarily a local law enforcement/first responder activity which may include measures to prevent, and/or resolve a threat or act of terrorism. In a terrorist incident, a crisis management response may include traditional law enforcement activities, such as intelligence, surveillance, tactical operations, negotiations, forensics, and investigations. During a terrorist event, the original responding police service (if not the RCMP) exercises “lead responsibility” unless or until that “lead” is transferred to the RCMP as per section 6(1) and 6(2) of the Security Offences Act (SOA). Depending on the scope and nature of the threat, a Federal crisis response may continue to be supported by local law enforcement and by consequence management activities, which should operate concurrently. It is the responsibility of the RCMP to provide situational awareness of on-going crisis response activities to the rest of the S&I community, the Assistant Deputy Ministers’ Committee on National Security Operations (ADM NS OPS) and the GOC.
Consequence management is predominantly an emergency management function and includes measures to protect public health and safety, restore essential government services, and provide emergency assistance to other levels of government and Canadians affected by the consequences of terrorism. When the impacts of a terrorist incident require federal assistance for consequence management, the GOC will play a key role in coordinating the federal response. To ensure clear linkages between the security and intelligence response and the consequence management response, ADM NS OPS will provide situational awareness to the Assistant Deputy Ministers’ Committee on Emergency Management (ADM EMC), as necessary. The Federal Emergency Response Plan (FERP) sets out harmonized federal emergency response efforts with Provincial/Territorial (P/T) governments, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO), and the private sector. It can also serve as mechanism to share and disseminate (unclassified) situational reports in a timely manner and concurrently to multiple or targeted stakeholders to support consequence management.
Application of the Plan
The FTRP will guide the domestic response when:
- Credible threat information indicates an imminent attack in Canada;
- A terrorist attack has occurred in Canada;
- A terrorist attack has occurred abroad that has significant domestic Canadian implications, requiring the assistance of S&I agencies (e.g.: attack at an airport abroad necessitating security measures at Canadian airports); and/or
- The National Terrorism Threat Level (NTTL) is raised to “HIGH” or “CRITICAL”.
The Prime Minister of Canada is ultimately accountable to Parliament and to the people of Canada for the security and integrity of the nation.
While no single Minister is exclusively responsible for Canada’s S&I community, the Minister of Public Safety is responsible for the government’s response to a domestic terrorist incident as well as the Public Safety Portfolio agencies - notably CSIS, RCMP and CBSA.
The Cabinet Committee on Intelligence and Emergency Management considers intelligence reports and priorities and coordinates and manages responses to public emergencies and national security incidents. As part of this Plan, the Committee will oversee terrorism response activities and Canada’s state of readiness to a terrorist incident. While CCIEM has general responsibility for emergency management at the Cabinet level, the Prime Minister may, in some circumstances, decide to establish an ad hoc Cabinet committee to deal with a particular incident. Composition of Committee: Prime Minister of Canada, Minister of Public Safety, Minister of Justice, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Health, Minister of Defence, Minister of Public Services and Procurement and the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons.
The Deputy Ministers’ Committee on Operational Coordination provides direction and ensures collective action to a terrorist incident.
The Assistant Deputy Ministers’ Committee on National Security Operations facilitates decision-making during terrorist incidents. As part of this Plan, the committee will coordinate security and intelligence federal activity and provide situational awareness. Composition of Committee: Privy Council Office, Public Safety Canada, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Canadian Security Intelligence Service, Canada Border Services Agency, Global Affairs Canada, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, Department of National Defence, Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada, Communications Security Establishment, Integrated Terrorism Assessment Centre and Transport Canada.
Departments and agencies that are not standing members of these Committees will be invited to attend based on the nature of the threat/incident (e.g.: PHAC would be invited in the event of a CBRN incident).
Incident/Threat Notification Process
Information on a terrorist threat or incident can come from a variety of sources (including public and social media). Section 6(1) of the SOA stipulates that the RCMP has primary peace officer responsibilities with regard to terrorist threats and incidents. Section 6(2) of the Act authorizes the federal government to negotiate memoranda of understanding with the provinces that govern how provincial or municipal law enforcement will communicate and cooperate with the RCMP in the event of a terrorism-related threat or incident. Pursuant to these agreements, the RCMP, with the cooperation of local law enforcement, will investigate any threats to national security or terrorist incidents in Canada.
The RCMP, working with partners, will determine the accuracy and legitimacy of the information.
It is critical that the S&I community be alerted early in order to respond effectively in a timely and coordinated fashion. To that end, a Domestic National Security Incident Information Sharing Process has been developed (Figure 2).
Figure 2 – Domestic National Security Incident Information Sharing Protocol
This graphic illustrates the Domestic National Security Incident Information Sharing Process in which a two-way communication is in place between PMO/Cabinet Committee on Intelligence and Emergency Management, the DM Committee, ADM Committee, tactical/federal Operational response, and relevant federal/provincial/municipal responders when a domestic national security threat or incident occurs. The Government Operations Centre, partners and stakeholders also share information with the ADM committee to help shape the tactical/federal operational response. Relevant federal/provincial/municipal responders and the Public Safety Communications team share information with the NS Intelligence Advisor to the PM, and this information is then related to the PS Minister and DM, as well as PMO.
The process above ensures that senior decisions makers are alerted in a timely manner, that relevant departments/agencies receive the information quickly, and that the GOC is in a position to support consequence management, if necessary.
In the first minutes and hours after a threat is received, it is not always clear if the reported threat is real, or if a whole-of-government response is warranted. Similarly, those responding to a potential mass casualty event such as an explosion or transportation incident may not know if they are dealing with a terrorist attack or some other form of catastrophe.
Individual departments and agencies, under their respective mandates, are responsible for sharing information with their stakeholders. The GOC would notify other stakeholders (such as P/Ts, NGOs, critical infrastructure owners), as appropriate.
In the event of a major cyber incident, the Cyber Response Plan will guide government actions. Any terrorist nexus will be coordinated with the coordination and information sharing mechanisms established through the FTRP.
Changes to the National Terrorism Threat Level
The National Terrorism Threat Level, assessed by the Integrated Terrorism Assessment Centre (ITAC), is used to ensure a consistent understanding across the Government of the general terrorism threat to Canada.
Figure 3 - National Terrorism Threat Level Definitions
This image provides the definitions of the National Terrorism Threat Level:
- Very Low: A violent act of terrorism is highly unlikely. Measures are in place to keep Canadians safe.
- Low: A violent act of terrorism is possible but unlikely. Measures are in place to keep Canadians safe.
- Medium: A violent act of terrorism could occur. Additional measures are in place to keep Canadians safe.
- High: A violent act of terrorism is likely. Heightened measures are in place to keep Canadians safe. Canadians are informed what action to take.
- Critical: A violent act of terrorism is highly likely and could occur imminently. Exceptional measures are in place to keep Canadians safe. Canadians are informed what action to take.
In the event of a domestic terrorist incident or the receipt of credible information regarding a potential threat, ITAC will reassess the NTTL to determine whether the current threat level should be raised. Depending on the severity and scope of the threat, the NTTL may be immediately raised to CRITICAL pending further assessment.
Information Sharing and Intelligence Analysis
The ability to effectively respond to a terrorist incident requires timely sharing of intelligence information, seamless integration of operation centres, and a shared understanding of the situation on the ground.
To the greatest extent possible, departments and agencies will share timely, accurate and reliable information related to the threat or incident. While some of the information may be compartmentalized as part of an operational investigation, or due to the sensitivities of the source or situation, agencies with relevant information must ensure that the applicable departments/agencies have situational awareness so that actions are coordinated.
The sharing of information for national security purposes must be done in a manner that respects Canadian privacy legislation, the Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms, caveats, originator controls and the integrity of ongoing investigations. Information sharing arrangements are set out in relevant Acts (including the Security of Canada Information Sharing Act), memoranda of understanding and Ministerial Direction.
When sharing information as part of a response to a terrorist incident, the following items need to be addressed:
- Level of classification;
- Target audience/distribution list;
- Guidance for action, if applicable;
- Need to know; and
- Protection of sensitive or operationally critical information.
This will enable departments and agencies with a mandate to share information with external stakeholders (such as the private sector or other levels of government) to do so in a manner that does not compromise the security of information.
While responding to an incident, the RCMP and its provincial and municipal partners share information through mechanisms such as the Counter Terrorism and National Security Committee of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, and their broader incident command structure.
Canada’s response to a terrorist incident may rely on information and intelligence sharing with international allies, especially with FiveEyes partners. Communicating with allies during an incident will take many forms, particularly:
- Department-to-department through pre-established protocols and arrangements;
- Operations centre to operations centre; and
- Through established (official) channels via Global Affairs Canada (GAC).
GAC leads all official efforts relating to coordinating international dimensions of a terrorist incident in Canada, including:
- Official communications with foreign states, international organizations, and foreign missions in Canada;
- Managing requests for, and offers of, international assistance; and
- Providing analysis on international dimensions and implications, including legal advice in relation to international law and treaties to which Canada is a party.
Provincial and Territorial Cooperation
The federal response to a terrorist incident needs to take into account the involvement of P/Ts to ensure a well-coordinated response. Information sharing with other jurisdictions can play a key role in managing the consequences of terrorist incidents. To ensure that P/Ts have the right information, keeping in mind existing caveats, the following is necessary:
- RCMP coordinates with the police of jurisdiction as per section 6(1) and 6(2) of the SOA;
- PS ensures that relevant P/Ts counterparts have sufficient awareness of the situation;
- The GOC will coordinate with P/Ts in complex incidents where consequence management becomes critical, in accordance with the FERP and National Emergency Response System; and
- Involvement of the P/Ts in exercises when appropriate.
Departmental/agency plans will address the need to share information with their respective stakeholders in the private sector, as necessary.
PS is responsible for coordinating emergency public communications among federal government institutions, and in collaboration with provincial/territorial governments, international partners, and non-government organizationsFootnote4. During a terrorist event in Canada where more than one federal department or agency is engaged in the response, PS is the primary coordinating department for public communications at the federal level, in support of PCO communications.
Roles and Responsibilities
The public communications response must enable the dissemination of timely, clear, factual and consistent information about the threat and/or event in ways that minimize the threat to Canadians most likely affected by the event, and meet the broad information demands of key audiences, including those potentially at risk, the public, media, the private sector, NGOs, international partners, and employees.
Public communications involves:
- providing strategic communications advice;
- developing and coordinating the key messages and communications activities among the implicated federal departments and agencies, and with other level of government;
- responding to information demands from the public, media, partners (federal, provincial, territorial and international) and stakeholders;
- communicating with Canadians in real-time over social media channels;
- communicating about the NTTL;
- disseminating communications products to Government of Canada’s target audiences;
- communicating with Government of Canada employees;
- conducting public environment analysis, if warranted and appropriate; and
- monitoring the public environment needs of audiences and the effectiveness of the response.
To undertake these responsibilities, PS has developed an emergency public communications protocol. The implementation of this protocol involves:
- tailoring pre-existing message frames to raise early awareness about the event, if appropriate;
- targeting public messages to anyone who may be at risk;
- coordinating the development of key messages in support of secondary departments involved in the response;
- identifying and supporting official federal spokespersons;
- supporting the Minister of PS and other senior officials in communicating in a timely manner through media and social media events wherever they are in the country;
- coordinating media relations activities among federal departments and agencies, as well as with other levels of government and partners organizations when needed (technical briefings/press conference/etc.);
- coordinating social media activities among federal, provincial, municipal and local organizations involved in the response to ensure targeted public messages are disseminated;
- coordination and liaising with key international communication counterparts (Department of Homeland Security, United Kingdom Home Office);
- monitoring in real time the public environment through traditional media, social media and other sources to provide intelligence to inform departmental planning, and to evaluate the effectiveness of communications and adjust as needed; and
- conducting a comprehensive communications evaluation after the event to inform future planning.
- ADM NS OPS
- Assistant Deputy Ministers’ Committee on National Security Operations
- Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear
- Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives
- Canada Border Services Agency
- Cabinet Committee on Intelligence and Emergency Management
- Communications Security Establishment
- Canadian Security Intelligence Service
- Deputy Ministers’ Committee on Operational Coordination
- Department of National Defense and the Canadian Armed Forces
- Emergency Management Act
- Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Act
- Federal Emergency Response Plan
- Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada
- Federal Terrorism Response Plan
- Global Affairs Canada
- Government Operations Centre
- Health Canada
- Health Portfolio (Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada)
- Integrated Terrorism Assessment Centre
- Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
- Joint Intelligence Group
- National Security and Intelligence Advisor to the Prime Minister
- Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act
- Privy Council Office
- Public Health Agency of Canada
- Public Safety Canada
- Security Offences Act
- Royal Canadian Mounted Police
- After-action report
- A detailed, formal report of an incident or exercise that summarizes planning activities, outcomes, actions taken and recommendations for improvement.
- Complex emergency
- An emergency that is complicated by the involvement of multiple agencies or jurisdictions, by its severity, duration or required resources or by the threat actors or the nature of the target.
- Concept of operations
- A concise description of how an organization is to operate in order to achieve specific goals.
- Consequence management
- Measures and activities undertaken to alleviate the damage, loss, hardship and suffering caused by emergencies. It also includes measures to restore essential services, protect public health, and provide emergency relief to affected governments, businesses, and populations. For the purposes of this Plan, consequence management also includes the planning function for responding to terrorist incidents, as necessary.
- Coordinating department
- The department responsible for engaging relevant federal government institutions in an integrated Government of Canada response to an emergency. Public Safety Canada is the federal coordinating department based on the legislated responsibility of the Minister of Public Safety under the Emergency Management Act.
- A situation that threatens public safety and security, the public’s sense of tradition and values or the integrity of government.
- Critical infrastructure
- Processes, systems, facilities, technologies, networks, assets, and services essential to the health, safety, security or economic well-being of Canadians and the effective functioning of government. Critical infrastructure can be stand-alone or interconnected and interdependent within and across provinces, territories and national borders. Disruptions of critical infrastructure could result in catastrophic loss of life, adverse economic effects, and significant harm to public confidence.
- A present or imminent event that requires prompt coordination of actions concerning persons or property to protect the health, safety or welfare of people, or to limit damage to property or the environment.
- Emergency management
- The prevention and mitigation of, preparedness for, response to and recovery from emergencies.
- A planned, staged implementation of the critical incident plan to evaluate processes that work and identify those needing improvement. Exercises may be classified as Orientation, Tabletop, Functional, or Full-scale and involve scenarios to respond to and resolve the assessed risks.
- The management structures and processes that support the development, implementation and enforcement of policies, programs and activities.
- Hot wash
- A debriefing session held immediately after an exercise or incident to identify the strengths and weaknesses of plans, policies and procedures.
- For the purposes of this Plan, the term “incident” refers to an actual or potential terrorist occurrence or event.
- Integrated Government of Canada response
- A response in which involved federal government institutions have unity of purpose and contribute to the federal response process by mutually determining overall objectives, contributing to joint plans and maximizing the use of all available resources.
- Law enforcement agency
- All agencies at a federal, provincial, territorial or municipal level with direct law enforcement authorities, including the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Canada Border Services Agency, and provincial and municipal police forces.
- Lead agency
- The federal department/agency assigned lead responsibility to manage and coordinate the federal response to a domestic terrorism incident in a specific functional area.
- National emergency
- As defined in the Emergencies Act, an urgent and critical situation of a temporary nature that (a) seriously endangers the lives, health or safety of Canadians and is of such proportions or nature as to exceed the capacity or authority of a province to deal with it, or (b) seriously threatens the ability of the Government of Canada to preserve the sovereignty, security and territorial integrity of Canada, and that cannot be effectively dealt with under any other law of Canada.
- Non-governmental organization
- A non-profit organization that is based on the interests of its members (i.e.: individuals or institutions). It is not created by a government, but it may work cooperatively with government. Such organizations serve a public purpose, not a private benefit. Examples of non-governmental organizations include faith-based charity organizations and the Canadian Red Cross.
- Primary department
- A federal government institution with the legislated mandate related to a key element of responding to a terrorist incident. Depending on the nature of the incident, there may be multiple primary departments. See “supporting department”.
- Private sector
- Organizations that are not part of any governmental structure, including for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, formal and informal structures, commerce, industry, private emergency response organizations, and private voluntary organizations.
- Actions taken during or immediately before or after a disaster to manage its consequences and minimize suffering and loss.
- Security and intelligence community
- For the purposes of this Plan, the security and intelligence community includes all federal departments and agencies with a mandate to fulfill national security and terrorism responsibilities. This includes ‘non-traditional’ partners such as Health Canada, Environment Canada, the Public Health Agency of Canada, etc.
- Situational awareness
- The continual process of collecting, analyzing and disseminating intelligence, information and knowledge to allow organizations and individuals to anticipate requirements and to prepare appropriately.
- Supporting department
- A federal government institution that provides general or specialized assistance to a primary department in response to a terrorist incident. See “primary department”.
- Terrorist activity
- The Federal Terrorism Response Plan uses the definition “terrorist activity” as set out in section 83.01(1)(a) and (b) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
- Terrorism offence (Criminal Code Definition)
- an offence under any of sections 83.02 to 83.04 or 83.18 to 83.23 of the Criminal Code of Canada,
- an indictable offence under the Criminal Code or any other Act of Parliament committed for the benefit of, at the direction of or in association with a terrorist group,
- an indictable offence under the Criminal Code or any other Act of Parliament where the act or omission constituting the offence also constitutes a terrorist activity, or
- a conspiracy or an attempt to commit, or being an accessory after the fact in relation to or any counselling in relation to, an offence referred to in paragraph (a), (b) or (c).
Annex A: Roles and Responsibilities
|Department/ Agency||Core Counter-terrorism Responsibilities|
|Public Safety Canada||
|Royal Canadian Mounted Police||
|Canadian Security Intelligence Service||
|Integrated Terrorism Assessment Centre||
|National Defence/Canadian Armed Forces||
|Privy Council Office/National Security Advisor||
|Canada Border Services Agency||
|Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada||
|Communications Security Establishment||
|Global Affairs Canada||
|Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada||
|Department of Justice||
|Public Health Agency of Canada||
|Environment and Climate Change Canada||
Annex B: Authorities
The security and intelligence community’s response activities are pursuant to the following authorities (non-exhaustive list):
- Aeronautics Act (AA)
- Anti-terrorism Act (ATA)
- Canada Evidence Act (CEA)
- Canadian Security Intelligence Service Act (CSIS Act)
- Charities Registration (Security Information) Act (CRSIA)
- Criminal Code of Canada (Part II.1)
- Customs Act (CA)
- Department of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Act (PSEPA)
- Emergency Management Act (EMA)
- Human Pathogens and Toxins Act (HPTA)
- Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA)
- International Bridges and Tunnels Act (IBTA)
- Marine Transportation Security Act (MTRSA)
- National Defense Act (NDA)
- Order in Council P.C. 2010-191
- Order in Council P.C. 2010-192
- Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act (PCMLTFA)
- Railway Safety Act (RSA)
- Royal Canadian Mounted Police Act (RCMP Act)
- Security Offences Act (SOA)
- Security of Information Act (SOIA)
- Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act (TDGA)
Although the focus of this Plan is on the domestic response to terrorist incidents, it should be noted that the Minister of Foreign Affairs leads the response to a terrorist attack abroad involving Canadians and Canadian interests. This mandate is in accordance with the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Act and the Royal Prerogative over Canada’s foreign affairs. Global Affairs Canada’s framework for responding to international emergencies (including terrorist attacks abroad) is built around an Interdepartmental Task Force mechanism, as described in the International Emergency Response Framework.
For the purposes of this Plan, S&I community includes all federal departments and agencies with a mandate to fulfill national security and terrorism responsibilities. This includes ‘non-traditional’ partners such as Health Canada and Public Health Agency of Canada, Environment Canada, etc.
Federal coordination and information sharing to support consequence management and associated planning, to the extent required, is undertaken by the Government Operations Centre.
As articulated in the Federal Emergency Response Plan.
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