Individual Security Screening
- Corrections and Conditional Release Act (CCRA), sections 3, 3.1 and 4
- Criminal Records Act, c. C-47, section 8
- Canadian Security Intelligence Service Act (CSIS), section 2
- Privacy Act
- Financial Administration Act, section 7(1)(e)
- Public Service Employment Act (PSEA)
- Treasury Board Policy on Government Security
Applies to all CSC employees and individuals who have access to government information, property and assets under CSC's jurisdiction
GUIDELINES FOR THE CONDUCT OF SECURITY SCREENING
Security Screening Forms
- Strategic Policy Division
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CROSS-REFERENCES AND DEFINITIONS
Treasury Board Personnel Security Standard
Assets: tangible or intangible things of the Government of Canada. Assets include but are not limited to: information in all forms and media, networks, systems, material, real property, financial resources, employee trust, public confidence and international reputation.
Classified information: information related to the national interest that may qualify for an exemption or exclusion under the Access to Information Act or Privacy Act, and the compromise of which would reasonably be expected to cause injury to the national interest. There are three categories of classified information: Confidential, Secret and Top Secret.
Enhanced screening: a type of security screening activity conducted when duties and access to information, assets or facilities are related to or directly support security and intelligence functions.
Information: any data, published material or records in any form, which is collected, created or received, and which is maintained as evidence in pursuance of legal obligations or in the transaction of business.
Law enforcement inquiry: an examination of law enforcement authority records, databases or databanks to determine whether an individual:
- has a criminal record
- is associated with a criminal organization or known criminals
- is a dangerous offender
- is known, suspected of, or has engaged in criminality.
Reliability status: the minimum standard of security screening for positions requiring unsupervised access to Government of Canada protected information, assets, facilities or information technology systems. Security screening for reliability status appraises an individual's honesty and whether he/she can be trusted to protect CSC's interests. Security screening for reliability status can include enhanced inquiries, verifications and assessments when duties involve or directly support security and intelligence functions.
Resolution of Doubt Committee: the committee consists of the Departmental Security Officer, representatives from Legal Services and Labour Relations and a management representative from the requesting office. The committee convenes to review and assess all appropriate information in order to make decisions or recommendations for the granting, denial, suspension or revocation of a reliability status or security clearance. An Aboriginal representative should be present when the case put forth involves a member of the Aboriginal community.
Security clearance: the standard of security screening for all positions requiring access to Government of Canada classified information, assets, facilities or information technology systems. Security screening for a security clearance appraises an individual's loyalty to Canada and his/her reliability as it relates to that loyalty. Security screening for security clearance can include enhanced inquiries, verifications and assessments when duties involve or directly support security and intelligence functions
Canadian Security Intelligence Service Act, section 2
"threats to the security of Canada" means
- (a) espionage or sabotage that is against Canada or is detrimental to the interests of Canada or activities directed toward or in support of such espionage or sabotage,
- (b) foreign influenced activities within or relating to Canada that are detrimental to the interests of Canada and are clandestine or deceptive or involve a threat to any person,
- (c) activities within or relating to Canada directed toward or in support of the threat or use of acts of serious violence against persons or property for the purpose of achieving a political, religious or ideological objective within Canada or a foreign state, and
- (d) activities directed toward undermining by covert unlawful acts, or directed toward or intended ultimately to lead to the destruction or overthrow by violence of, the constitutionally established system of government in Canada,
- but does not include lawful advocacy, protest or dissent, unless carried on in conjunction with any of the activities referred to in paragraphs (a) to (d).
Criminal Records Act, c. C-47, section 8
Applications for employment
8. No person shall use or authorize the use of an application form for or relating to any of the following matters that contains a question that by its terms requires the applicant to disclose a conviction in respect of which a record suspension has been ordered and has not been revoked or ceased to have effect:
- (a) employment in any department as defined in section 2 of the Financial Administration Act;
- (b) employment by any Crown corporation as defined in section 83 of the Financial Administration Act;
- (c) enrolment in the Canadian Forces; or
- (d) employment on or in connection with the operation of any work, undertaking or business that is within the legislative authority of Parliament.
Financial Administration Act, section 7(1)(e)
7. (1) The Treasury Board may act for the Queen's Privy Council for Canada on all matters relating to:
- (e) human resources management in the federal public administration, including the determination of the terms and conditions of employment of persons employed in it.
For more information
- Government-wide Forward Regulatory Plans
- The Cabinet Directive on Regulatory Management
- The Red Tape Reduction Action Plan
- The Canada–United States Regulatory Cooperation Council
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