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Four projects to be funded through the Canadian Safety and Security Program (CSSP) to address natural disasters and public health emergencies throughout Canada

July 17, 2015

Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC), in partnership with Public Safety Canada, will support four innovative projects to develop enhanced tools for natural disaster and public health emergency response throughout Canada. These projects are part of an overall investment of approximately $12 million in 24 projects under the Canadian Safety and Security Program (CSSP).

Selected Projects

Note that specific funding amounts for each approved project will be formalized following the successful completion of negotiations between project proponents and the Government of Canada.

Project 1

The Canadian Space Agency and the ADGA Group will lead a project, which will leverage the Government of Canada’s significant and on-going investment in the space Earth Observation sector to develop a prototype of a real-time web-accessible flood prediction and monitoring system for Canada.

  • Partners: NASA and Natural Resources Canada.

Project 2

Public Safety Canada and the Canadian Water and Wastewater Association will lead a project to identify measures that can be taken to assist in strengthening the resilience of Canada’s water sector. 

  • Partner: Dalhousie University

Project 3

The Public Health Agency of Canada will lead the development of comprehensive models to analyze antimicrobial resistance (AMR), which will establish a common understanding of AMR across multiple disciplines and agencies, and help frame discussions about potential interventions and policies to address the issue of AMR in Canada.

  • Partners: Canadian Food Inspection Agency; Ontario Veterinary College; University of Guelph; Western College of Veterinary Medicine; University of Saskatchewan; and the School of Public Health and Health Systems, University of Waterloo. 

Project 4

The Public Health Agency of Canada will lead a project focused on expanding the Canadian Network for Public Health Intelligence platform to enable its use on mobile technologies and incorporate new investigative and collaborative tools to foster improved communications, support investigations, and generate intelligence related to human, animal and environmental health.

  • Partners: Canadian Food Inspection Agency; Health Canada; and Sunnybrook Research Institute.

Investing to Achieve Strategic Objectives

CSSP funding supports projects and activities that respond to Canadian public safety and security priorities, and also addresses capability gaps. These gaps are identified in consultation with science and technology (S&T) experts, and safety and security communities of practice, representing policy, operational and intelligence experts.

Ultimately, the goal of the program’s investments is to ensure that Canadians and their institutions have a greater resilience to global and domestic public safety and security threats. These efforts are guided by a set of long-term outcomes:

  • Canada’s economic vibrancy and sovereign integrity is maintained through resilient critical infrastructure and the efficient flow of people, goods, and services across its borders and ports of entry;
  • A robust, connected and multi-jurisdictional security/intelligence and national emergency management system is in place to provide an effective full-spectrum preventive, protective, responsive and adaptive capability of people, responders and systems from all hazards; and,
  • The public is confident that public security threats are being identified, assessed and addressed in a way that keeps pace with the evolving natures of threats, reflects Canadian values, and maintains the integrity of both the criminal justice and national security systems.

About the CSSP

Established in 2012, the CSSP invests in science and technology (S&T) projects that strengthen Canada’s ability to anticipate, prevent, mitigate, prepare for, respond to and recover from natural disasters, serious accidents, crime and terrorism. This is achieved through the convergence of S&T with policy, operations and intelligence.

The CSSP is led by DRDC’s Centre for Security Science (DRDC CSS), in partnership with Public Safety Canada, and supports academic, first responders, federal, provincial or municipal government-led projects in collaboration with response and emergency management organizations, non-governmental agencies, industry and academia.

About DRDC

Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) is the national leader in defence and security S&T. As an agency of Canada’s Department of National Defence (DND), DRDC provides DND, the Canadian Armed Forces and other government departments as well as the public safety and security communities with the knowledge and technology advantage needed to defend and protect Canada’s interests at home and abroad.

About Public Safety Canada

Public Safety’s mandate is to keep Canadians safe from a range of risks such as natural disasters, crime and terrorism. Public Safety works with all levels of government, first responders, community groups, the private sector, non-government organizations and other nations on national security, border strategies, countering crime, emergency management and other safety and security initiatives.


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