Air India Ex-Gratia Payments

Section 1 – Privacy Impact Assessment Overview

  1. Name of Program or Activity:
    Air India Flight 182 Ex Gratia Payment

  2. Institution responsible for delivering Program or Activity
    Public Safety Canada

  3. Government Official Responsible for the Privacy Impact Assessment:
    Patrick Boucher, Director General, Strategic Policy Branch

  4. Head of Institution/Delegate: Paul MacKinnon, Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategic Policy Branch
    Description of Program or Activity (from Program Activity Architecture) :

    National Security
    The National Security Program at Public Safety Canada exists to ensure Canada is prepared for and can respond to a range of national security threats. The threat environment faced by Canadians is becoming increasingly complex, underlining the relevance of this program for the security of Canadians. The National Security Program undertakes to coordinate the efforts of the Public Safety Portfolio and broader government departments and agencies on matters relevant to national security.  In order to achieve this, the program works cooperatively with operational and policy partners to provide the Government with strategic advice on rapidly evolving and often sensitive issues.  This advice complements the advice from Portfolio agencies that have operational expertise in such areas as intelligence collection and analysis, investigations or border control. The National Security Program also assists the Minister and Deputy Minister in fulfilling key statutory obligations, coordinates, analyses and develops policy on complex issues, including the listing and delisting of terrorist entities, radicalization leading to violence, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and seeks to identify and close the gaps in Canada's ability to deal with national security related threats. Because of their complexity, importance, and potential impact on individual rights, national security legislation, programs and policies must be well founded, well governed, and well executed; this program plays a central role in supporting decision makers in achieving this goal on behalf of Canadians.

  5. Description of the class of records associated with the program or activity:
    Intergovernmental Affairs and Citizen Engagement
    The Directorate provides strategic advice and coordination on federal, provincial, territorial issues for the Department; is responsible for citizen engagement and supports the Cross-Cultural Roundtable on Security; and manages the Air India Memorials Program and the Ex Gratia Payment to the families of the victims of Air India Flight 182; it was responsible for the Security Infrastructure Pilot Program from 2007 to 2011.
    Class of Records Number: PS SPB 111

  6. Personal Information Bank:
    With respect to the PIA identified in this Summary, a PIB needs to be:
    • Created
      • PIB Title: Air India Flight 182 Ex Gratia Payment
      • Registration Number: 20110664
      • Bank Number: PS PPU 050

  7. Legal Authority for Program or Activity:
    Order in Council P.C. 2011-1238 Order Respecting Air India Ex Gratia Payment

    Order in Council P.C. 2011-1254 Order respecting Ex Gratia Payment program – Air India Flight 182

  8. Summary of the project / initiative / change: The Government of Canada is offering a one-time ex gratia payment of $24,000 to the qualifying families of passengers and crew members of Air India Flight 182 in recognition of the suffering the families had to endure due to years of unanswered questions relating to the tragedy.

Section 2 - PIA Risk Area Identification and Categorization

The following section contains risks identified in the PIA for the new or modified program. A risk scale has been included for each risk area lettered "a – f". The numbered risk scale is presented in ascending order: the first level represents the lowest level of potential risk for the risk area; the fourth level (4) represents the highest level of potential risk for the given risk area. Please refer to “Appendix C” of the TBS Directive on PIAs to learn more about the risk scale.

  1. Type of program or activity
    Administration of program or activity and services.
    Risk Scale - 2
  2. Type of Personal Information Involved and Context
    Personal information provided by the individual with consent to also use personal information held by another source / with no contextual sensitivities after the time of collection.
    Risk Scale - 2
  3. Program or Activity Partners and Private Sector Involvement
    With other federal institutions
    Risk Scale - 2
  4. Duration of the Program or Activity
    One time program or activity.
    Risk Scale - 1
  5. Program Population
    The program affects certain individuals for external administrative purposes.
    Risk Scale - 3
  6. Technology and Privacy
    Does the new or modified program or activity involve the implementation of a new electronic system, software or application program including collaborative software (or groupware) that is implemented to support the program or activity in terms of the creation, collection or handling of personal information? No
    Does the new or modified program or activity require any modifications to IT legacy systems and / or services? No
    The new or modified program or activity involve the implementation of one or more of the following technologies:
    Enhanced identification methods? No
    Use of Surveillance? No
    Use of automated personal information analysis, personal information matching and knowledge discovery techniques? No
  7. Personal Information Transmission
    The personal information is transferred to a portable device or is printed.
    Risk Scale – 3
  8. Risk Impact
    Risk Impact to the Institution:
    Managerial harm
    Risk Scale - 1
  9. Risk Impact to the Individual or Employee
    Reputation harm; embarrassment
    Risk Scale - 2
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