Canadian Security Intelligence Service Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. C-23)

Act current to 2015-08-30 and last amended on 2015-06-18. Previous Versions

Marginal note:Collection of information concerning foreign states and persons
  •  (1) Subject to this section, the Service may, in relation to the defence of Canada or the conduct of the international affairs of Canada, assist the Minister of National Defence or the Minister of Foreign Affairs, within Canada, in the collection of information or intelligence relating to the capabilities, intentions or activities of

    • (a) any foreign state or group of foreign states; or

    • (b) any person other than

      • (i) a Canadian citizen,

      • (ii) a permanent resident within the meaning of subsection 2(1) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, or

      • (iii) a corporation incorporated by or under an Act of Parliament or of the legislature of a province.

  • Marginal note:Limitation

    (2) The assistance provided pursuant to subsection (1) shall not be directed at any person referred to in subparagraph (1)(b)(i), (ii) or (iii).

  • Marginal note:Personal consent of Ministers required

    (3) The Service shall not perform its duties and functions under subsection (1) unless it does so

    • (a) on the personal request in writing of the Minister of National Defence or the Minister of Foreign Affairs; and

    • (b) with the personal consent in writing of the Minister.

  • R.S., 1985, c. C-23, s. 16;
  • 1995, c. 5, s. 25;
  • 2001, c. 27, s. 224;
  • 2015, c. 3, s. 34(F), c. 9, s. 5(F).
Marginal note:Cooperation
  •  (1) For the purpose of performing its duties and functions under this Act, the Service may,

    • (a) with the approval of the Minister, enter into an arrangement or otherwise cooperate with

      • (i) any department of the Government of Canada or the government of a province or any department thereof, or

      • (ii) any police force in a province, with the approval of the Minister responsible for policing in the province; or

    • (b) with the approval of the Minister after consultation by the Minister with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, enter into an arrangement or otherwise cooperate with the government of a foreign state or an institution thereof or an international organization of states or an institution thereof.

  • Marginal note:Copies of arrangements to Review Committee

    (2) Where a written arrangement is entered into pursuant to subsection (1) or subsection 13(2) or (3), a copy thereof shall be given forthwith to the Review Committee.

  • R.S., 1985, c. C-23, s. 17;
  • 1995, c. 5, s. 25.
Marginal note:Offence to disclose identity
  •  (1) Subject to subsection (2), no person shall knowingly disclose any information that they obtained or to which they had access in the course of the performance of their duties and functions under this Act or their participation in the administration or enforcement of this Act and from which could be inferred the identity of an employee who was, is or is likely to become engaged in covert operational activities of the Service or the identity of a person who was an employee engaged in such activities.

  • Marginal note:Exceptions

    (2) A person may disclose information referred to in subsection (1) for the purposes of the performance of duties and functions under this Act or any other Act of Parliament or the administration or enforcement of this Act or as required by any other law or in the circumstances described in any of paragraphs 19(2)(a) to (d).

  • Marginal note:Offence

    (3) Every one who contravenes subsection (1)

    • (a) is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years; or

    • (b) is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction.

  • R.S., 1985, c. C-23, s. 18;
  • 2015, c. 9, s. 6.