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New program strengthens Canada’s ability to anticipate, prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from acts of terrorism, crime, natural disasters, and serious accidents

NR - 12.126 - June 17, 2012

REGINA –The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, and Public Safety’s Parliamentary Secretary, Candice Hoeppner, on behalf of the Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety, today announced the establishment of the Canadian Safety and Security Program (CSSP) in Regina, Saskatchewan. This program harmonizes the security work of different organizations and makes Canada safer.

The Canadian Safety and Security Program strengthens Canada’s ability to anticipate, prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from natural disaster, serious accidents, crime and acts of terrorism through the convergence of science and technology with policy, operations and intelligence. The new program improves the management and delivers greater impact for Canadians with the aim of making Canada’s streets safer and Canadian borders more secure.

“This annual federal investment of $43.5 million supports the development of science and technology capabilities to help prevent crises, and enables a better response and recovery should an incident occur,” said Minister MacKay. “This new program provides Canada a technological advantage to cope with disasters, minimizing as much as possible their impact on the lives and livelihoods of Canadians. Our announcement today makes our communities more resilient in the face of disaster”

With this $43.5 million investment supporting the development of science and technology capabilities to help prevent crisis, the Government of Canada is ensuring collaboration between all levels of government, industry and academia, as well as professionals in emergency management and response, public health, law enforcement and intelligence.

“In the last decade, tremendous work in this area has been accomplished through a number of separate programs, and my thanks go to the dedicated, professional experts who have come from all sectors to broaden Canada’s preparedness and response to threats, “said Public Safety’s Parliamentary Secretary Hoeppner.

“The new program builds on these successes and brings together the best science and technology in support of Canada’s public safety and national security priorities” said Dr. Marc Fortin, DRDC Chief Executive Officer.

The CSSP investments will be managed through Defence Research and Development Canada to develop further capabilities in areas such as chemical, biological, radiological-nuclear and explosives threats, border and transportation security, emergency management, surveillance and intelligence, cybersecurity, interoperability and critical infrastructure.


For more information:

Joshua Zanin
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of National Defence

Marie-Hélène Brisson
Defence Research and Development Canada, Public Affairs Officer
Telephone: 613-218-8923

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