Policy and Legislation
ITAC is subject to the following policy and legislation.
- Securing an Open Society: Canada’s National Security Policy (2004) is Canada’s first national security policy. It provides a strategic framework and action plan to ensure that Canada is prepared for and can respond to current and future threats. ITAC was created as a result of the introduction of the National Security Policy in April 2004.
- The Anti-terrorism Act (Bill C-36) creates measures to identify, deter, disable, and prosecute those engaged in terrorist activities or those who support these activities. The legislation makes it an offence to knowingly support terrorist organizations, whether through overt violence, or through material support. The Anti-terrorism Act requires the publication of a list of groups deemed to constitute a threat to the security of Canada and to Canadians.
- The Canadian Security Intelligence Service Act (1984) provides the legislative foundation for the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) mandate, outlines CSIS roles and responsibilities, confers specific powers and imposes constraints, and sets the framework for democratic control and accountability for CSIS. As a functional component of CSIS, ITAC is subject to this Act.
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