NSICOP Submits Report to the Prime Minister
August 14, 2023
Ottawa, August 14, 2023 — The National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians (NSICOP) has provided its Special Report on the Federal Policing Mandate of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to the Prime Minister.
In accordance with section 21(2) of the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians Act, the Committee has provided the Prime Minister with the Special Report. The Committee has also provided the Report to the Minister of Public Safety.
The Prime Minister will now consider whether there is any information in the Report the disclosure of which would be injurious to national security, national defence or international relations, or constitutes solicitor-client information. Section 21(6) of the NSICOP Act requires that the Prime Minister table a declassified version of the report within 30 sitting days of the resumption of Parliament. Until then, its contents remain classified.
NSICOP was established under the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians Act on June 22, 2017. It may review:
- the legislative, regulatory, policy, administrative and financial framework for national security and intelligence;
- any activity carried out by a department that relates to national security or intelligence, unless the activity is an ongoing operation and the appropriate Minister determines that the review would be injurious to national security; and,
- any matter relating to national security or intelligence that a minister of the Crown refers to the Committee.
NSICOP members hold the highest level of security clearance, are bound by the Security of Information Act and meet in private.