23 June 2012
The Government of Canada has taken concrete steps to combat terrorism both in Canada and around the world. Initiatives include:
- Launching Canada’s first ever Counter-terrorism Strategy – Building Resilience Against Terrorism. (February 2012)
- Amending the Criminal Code to strengthen counter-terrorism legislation to give law enforcement officers the tools they need to effectively respond to terrorism, and to better address nuclear terrorism. (February and March 2012)
- Launching the Kanishka Project to help build the knowledge and understanding needed to prevent and counter brutal acts of terrorism. (June 2011)
- Launching Canada’s Cyber Security Strategy (October 2010), of which a key component is enhancing the security and resiliency of the cyber systems that support Canada’s economic prosperity, national and personal security.
- Implementing the Canada-U.S. Action Plan on Perimeter Security and Economic Competitiveness. This Action Plan provides a practical road map for speeding up legitimate trade and travel across the Canada-U.S. border, while enhancing security. (December 2011)
- Completing preparations for the "Nuclear Terrorism Act", which will enable Canada to ratify the 2005 International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism (ICSANT) and the 2005 Amendment to the Convention for the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material (CPPNM).
- Committing $367 million over five years (2013-2018) for the renewal of Canada’s Global Partnership Program (GPP), managed by the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, which helps strengthen global security by combatting the threat of nuclear, radiological, biological, and chemical terrorism.
- Providing support for the International Atomic Energy Agency Nuclear Security Fund to implement concrete nuclear security projects worldwide. Canada has contributed more than $17 million through its Global Partnership Program (GPP) since 2004.
- Providing training, equipment, and technical and legal assistance to help other states prevent and respond to global terrorist activity through Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada’s Counter-Terrorism Capacity Building Program (CTCBP).
- Committing $95.7 million over five years (2010-2015) to strengthen and enhance the Air Cargo Security Program, which will enhance the safety and security of air travellers and help ensure that air cargo shipments are resilient from the threat of terrorism.
- Participating actively in the Global Counter Terrorism Forum and leading (with Algeria) the working group that focuses on the Sahel region.
- Additionally, Canada is already party to 12 global terrorism-related international conventions and protocols which have been implemented into domestic law to make up much of Canada’s domestic counter-terrorism legislative framework.