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Communications Security Establishment Act (S.C. 2019, c. 13, s. 76)

Act current to 2023-11-14 and last amended on 2019-08-01. Previous Versions

Marginal note:Definitions

 The following definitions apply in this Act.


Canadian means a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident as defined in subsection 2(1) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act or a corporation incorporated or continued under the laws of Canada or a province. (Canadien)


Chief means the Chief of the Establishment appointed under section 8. (chef)


Commissioner means the Intelligence Commissioner appointed under subsection 4(1) of the Intelligence Commissioner Act. (commissaire)


entity means a person, group, trust, partnership or fund or an unincorporated association or organization and includes a state or a political subdivision or agency of a state. (entité)


Establishment means the Communications Security Establishment established under section 5. (Centre)

federal institution

federal institution includes any of the following institutions of Parliament or the Government of Canada:

  • (a) the Senate;

  • (b) the House of Commons;

  • (c) the Library of Parliament;

  • (d) the office of the Senate Ethics Officer, the office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner, the Parliamentary Protective Service and the office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer;

  • (e) any federal court;

  • (f) any board, commission, council, other body or other office established to perform a governmental function by or under an Act of Parliament, or by or under the authority of the Governor in Council;

  • (g) a department as defined in section 2 of the Financial Administration Act;

  • (h) a Crown corporation established by or under an Act of Parliament; and

  • (i) any other body that is specified by an Act of Parliament to be an agent of Her Majesty in right of Canada or to be subject to the direction of the Governor in Council or a federal minister. (institutions fédérales)

foreign intelligence

foreign intelligence means information or intelligence about the capabilities, intentions or activities of a foreign individual, state, organization or terrorist group, as they relate to international affairs, defence or security. (renseignement étranger)

global information infrastructure

global information infrastructure includes electromagnetic emissions, any equipment producing such emissions, communications systems, information technology systems and networks, and any data or technical information carried on, contained in or relating to those emissions, that equipment, those systems or those networks. (infrastructure mondiale de l’information)


Minister means the Minister of National Defence or, if another federal minister is designated under section 4, that minister. (ministre)

publicly available information

publicly available information means information that has been published or broadcast for public consumption, is accessible to the public on the global information infrastructure or otherwise or is available to the public on request, by subscription or by purchase. It does not include information in respect of which a Canadian or a person in Canada has a reasonable expectation of privacy. (information accessible au public)

Review Agency

Review Agency means the National Security and Intelligence Review Agency established under section 3 of the National Security and Intelligence Review Agency Act. (Office de surveillance)

terrorist group

terrorist group has the same meaning as in subsection 83.01(1) of the Criminal Code. (groupe terroriste)


unselected, with respect to information, means that the information is acquired, for technical or operational reasons, without the use of terms or criteria to identify information of foreign intelligence interest. (non sélectionnée)

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