Department of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Act
S.C. 2005, c. 10
Assented to 2005-03-23
An Act to establish the Department of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness and to amend or repeal certain Acts
This enactment establishes the Department of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness. The Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, who is appointed under the Great Seal, has the powers, duties and functions set out in the Act. The enactment also provides for the appointment of the Deputy Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness.
Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate and House of Commons of Canada, enacts as follows:
Marginal note:Short title
1. This Act may be cited as the Department of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Act.
ESTABLISHMENT OF THE DEPARTMENT
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2. (1) There is established a department of the Government of Canada, called the Department of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, over which the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, appointed by commission under the Great Seal, presides.
(2) The Minister holds office during pleasure and has the management and direction of the Department.
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3. The Governor in Council may appoint a Deputy Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness to hold office during pleasure and to be the deputy head of the Department.
POWERS, DUTIES AND FUNCTIONS OF THE MINISTER
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4. (1) The powers, duties and functions of the Minister extend to and include all matters over which Parliament has jurisdiction — and that have not been assigned by law to another department, board or agency of the Government of Canada — relating to public safety and emergency preparedness.
Marginal note:National leadership
(2) The Minister shall, at the national level, exercise leadership relating to public safety and emergency preparedness.
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5. The Minister shall coordinate the activities of the entities for which the Minister is responsible, including the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, the Canada Border Services Agency, the Canadian Firearms Centre, the Correctional Service of Canada and the National Parole Board, and establish strategic priorities for those entities relating to public safety and emergency preparedness.
6. (1) In exercising his or her powers and in performing his or her duties and functions and with due regard to the powers conferred on the provinces and territories, the Minister may
(a) initiate, recommend, coordinate, implement or promote policies, programs or projects relating to public safety and emergency preparedness;
(b) cooperate with any province, foreign state, international organization or any other entity;
(c) make grants or contributions; and
(d) facilitate the sharing of information, where authorized, to promote public safety objectives.
(2) The Minister may establish advisory and other committees and provide for their membership, duties, functions and operation.
(3) Members of a committee shall be paid, in connection with their work for the committee, the remuneration that may be fixed by the Governor in Council.
Marginal note:Travel, living and other expenses
(4) Members of a committee are entitled to be reimbursed, in accordance with Treasury Board directives, the travel, living and other expenses incurred in connection with their work for the committee while absent, in the case of full-time members, from their ordinary place of work or, in the case of part-time members, from their ordinary place of residence.
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