Counter Terrorism and National Security Committee

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    Harmonize the work of the Canadian law enforcement community to achieve a global and integrated approach to policing to identify, prevent, deter, invest and respond to criminal activities related to terrorism and national security threats.


    1. Promote collaboration and integration among law enforcement agencies and with appropriate public/private security and intelligence partners;
    2. Improve the ability to operate in a cooperative and integrated manner with the view of addressing    emerging trends;
    3. Develop processes and facilitate strong communication at all levels;
    4. Recommend legislative reforms and;
    5. Promote education and training in matters of counter-terrorism and national security.

    Significant Accomplishments 2017-2018

    • Updated the Provincial/Territorial Counter Terrorism Guide to reflect the most current information in preparation for redistribution in late 2018.
    • Co-chairs met with provincial and territorial Chiefs of Police across Canada to encourage the development of integrated provincial/territorial response and investigation structures to terrorist events in each province and territory. The goal is for each province and territory to develop and initiate a provincial/territorial framework through which agencies can work together. This initiative will culminate in a national plan and tabletop exercise across multiple jurisdictions.
    • The Counter Violent Extremism Working Group (CVE) identified priority areas of work through research, study of domestic and international leading practices, and consultation with communities. The priorities are: community engagement and empowerment; awareness, education and resources; communication plan; risk assessment; intervention and re-engagement; information sharing; advocacy; and, research and evaluation. Two CVE returning workshops were held and evaluated.
    • The Proposed Guidance for Information Sharing on Imminent Serious Harm/Death from National Security and Counter-Terrorism Intelligence was approved and is being translated in preparation for dissemination.
    • Established a Victim Services National Working Group to expand Canada’s capabilities to respond to mass casualty incidents, and mass victimization or terrorist incidents.
    • The Consequence Management Working Group met with forensic and tactical specialized units to develop Standard Operating Procedures to assist in the development of counter-terrorism frameworks and/or their extreme event protocols.
    • The Soft Targets Protection Working Group was established in April 2018 to develop a Canadian strategy with all levels of policing guidelines and other tools, to assist private sector partners in their protection efforts.
    • The CACP-CTNS committee and the CACP hosted forums to increase understanding of the national security threat; lessons learned from managing terrorism incidents; and mass casualty management in November 2017 and October 2018.
    • Committee participated in the selection of candidates for the 2018 LinCT program.

    Initiatives Planned for 2019

    • Soft Targets Protection Working Group: Further engagement will be sought through partners in the Canadian law enforcement community to ensure fulsome representation. Once additional interest is secured the working group will be formally established.  The working group will develop a Terms of Reference and a comprehensive outline of activities. Preparatory material has been developed by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police National Critical Infrastructure Team and will be distributed. A National Strategy proposal will be developed and presented at the January 2019 CTNS meeting. 
    • Consequence Management Working Group: The CACP-CTNS Committee will be canvassed to identify participants interested in joining the Consequence Management working group. The working group will develop an outline of activities.
    • Victim Services National Working Group: The Victim Services National working group will develop a comprehensive outline of activities, including a three-year plan, based on their newly developed terms of reference.
    • Countering Violent Extremism Working Group: The CVE working group will continue to develop and share materials with law enforcement partners. Their work will be aligned with the Five Eyes CVE working group and will use best practices from international partners to enhance the CTNS Committee.

    The CVE working group will evaluate the June 2018 CVE Returnee workshop, and will offer a CVE Returnee Workshop for national security analysts, will develop case studies on returnees from conflict zones and family initiatives,  and will develop a best practices tool kit of law enforcement assessment tools.

    • Information Sharing Working Group: The group will disseminate the proposed Guidance for Information Sharing on Imminent Serious Harm/Death from the NSCT Intelligence document to the CTNS Committee for inclusion in the Counter Terrorism Guide.
    • Update Provincial/Territorial Counter Terrorism Guide: The Provincial/Territorial Counter Terrorism Guide will be updated and be redistributed as an internal direction to the membership. 
    • Provincial/Territorial Development of Integrated Response Structures: The CACP-CTNS Committee will continue to communicate with and support provincial/territorial partners on status updates for integrated response structures. The Committee anticipates each province and territory will have an approved plan in place early in 2019.
    • A national-level counter terrorism exercise is planned for 2019.