The changing nature of Canada's critical infrastructure has brought about a more complex risk environment, with the possibility of failure or disruption due to accidents, natural disasters or deliberate acts. In recognition of this increased risk in key sectors such as energy, transportation, financial services, telecommunications and government services, the Government created the Office of Critical Infrastructure Protection and Emergency Preparedness (OCIPEP).
That agency was initially located within the Department of National Defence but was later integrated within the Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada portfolio to maximise emergency preparedness and responses to natural disaster and security emergencies.
The Office provides national leadership to help ensure the protection of Canada's critical infrastructure in both its physical and cyber dimensions, regardless of the source of threats and vulnerabilities. OCIPEP is also the Government's primary agency for ensuring national civil emergency preparedness. Close cooperation and information sharing within the security and intelligence community is essential, particularly in relation to threat assessments for information operations or cyber warfare, cyber-sabotage and cyber-crime.
Al Qaeda website urges attacks on Canada
Canada has been named again in a chilling new call to arms from al Qaeda. A posting found this week on an al Qaeda website places Canada fifth on a target list. Public Security Minister Anne McLellan downplayed any threat.
HTML | Published: 2004-03-31 | Added: 2004-04-29
Directory of the Office of Critical Infrastructure Protection and Emergency Preparedness
Government electronic directory of the staff at the Office of Critical Infrastructure Protection and Emergency Preparedness.
LINK | Published: 2001-01-01 | Added: 2004-02-06
New Structural Changes to the Government of Canada
The new Martin Government has initiated significant structural changes in Canadian Government Operations.
LINK | Published: 2004-01-01 | Added: 2004-01-18
Changes to Government
The Government of Canada must play a fundamental role in securing the public health and safety of Canadians, while ensuring that all Canadians continue to enjoy the benefits of an open society. The government will achieve these goals by making the [...]
LINK | Published: 2003-12-12 | Added: 2003-12-12
Government unveils public-safety department
The Paul Martin government has unveilled a sweeping new public-safety department -- and is creating a new agency -- that will add public-health functions and disaster response to policing and border security.
HTML | Published: 2003-12-12 | Added: 2003-12-12
Office of Critical Infrastructure Protection and Emergency Preparedness
Official site of the Office of Critical Infrastructure Protection and Emergency Preparedness.
LINK | Published: 1901-01-01 | Added: 2003-09-09
Canadian Security and Military Preparedness: The Government's Response
Through increased resources to equip and deploy more intelligence officers and investigative personnel, as well as improved coordination among law enforcement, intelligence and security agencies, we have taken the necessary steps to make our system even [...]
PDF | Published: 2002-10-16 | Added: 2002-10-16
Threats to Canada's critical infrastructure
This morning I am going to focus on the threats to Canada's critical infrastructure, how we are responding to those threats and the lessons the new organization I lead has learned from September 11th.
LINK | Published: 2001-12-06 | Added: 2002-07-31
Budget 2001: Enhancing Security for Canadians
Budget 2001 builds on the Government’s long-term plan for a stronger economy and a more secure society, but it also responds to immediate economic and security concerns.
LINK | Published: 2001-12-10 | Added: 2002-07-18