This is the latest in a series of posts from Canada’s national parliamentarians that highlight important challenges facing the country.
During the January 2019 Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Consumer Protection, the Committee heard from representatives of the Department of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, the RCMP, CSIS, Canada Border Services Agency, and the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police about improving Canada’s security infrastructure. The Committee’s commitment to public safety was bolstered by the RCMP and CSIS briefing papers, which analyzed the current state of the nation’s security infrastructure and offered recommendations for improving it.
Despite meeting numerous objectives, the Committee heard that Canada must “build back better” its national security infrastructure. As a result, the Committee asked the Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada Secretariat to conduct an urgent analysis of the current state of the nation’s infrastructure, especially the National Secure Border Integrated Operations Centre (NSB-ISIO), to determine whether it is ready to support Canada’s evolving security environment. The public safety team will conduct this analysis over the next eight months, and will eventually forward a plan of action to the Committee, which will complete its recommendations to the government.