Public Safety Canada
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|Sécurité publique Canada|
|Type||Department responsible for public safety|
Public Safety Canada (French: Sécurité publique Canada), formerly known as Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada (PSEPC), legally incorporated as the Department of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, is the department of the federal government of Canada with responsibility for protecting Canadians and helping to maintain a peaceful and safe society.
Legislation for the agency began in February 2001, and the department was created in December 2003 during a reorganization of the federal government. It became legally established when the Department of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Act came into force on April 4, 2005. The Emergency Preparedness Canada agency was created under the auspices of the Department of National Defence before the establishment of the department by the Emergency Preparedness Act of 1988.
The department was created to have a single entity with responsibility for ensuring public safety in Canada and is a direct result of lessons learned from the September 11 attacks on the United States in 2001. The department is in many ways similar to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, though it does not cover the protection of maritime sovereignty (this is covered by the Canadian Forces, Transport Canada, and Fisheries and Oceans Canada).
Most of the department comprises organizations that were previously placed under the Department of Solicitor General of Canada, however the reorganization of several federal departments and ministries added the Canada Border Services Agency to the portfolio, after the two streams of the former Canada Customs and Revenue Agency were split in 2003. In addition, the Office of Critical Infrastructure Protection and Emergency Preparedness (OCIPEP) from the Department of National Defence was also brought into the department.
- Canada Border Services Agency
- Canadian Security Intelligence Service
- Correctional Service of Canada
- Parole Board of Canada
- Royal Canadian Mounted Police
- Review bodies:
- Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the RCMP
- Office of the Correctional Investigator
- RCMP External Review Committee
- Other units:
Senior officials of the department include:
- Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Safety
- Deputy Minister
- Associate Deputy Minister
- Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, National and Cyber Security Branch
- Assistant Deputy Minister, National and Cyber Security Branch
- Assistant Deputy Minister, Emergency Management and Programs Branch
- Assistant Deputy Minister, Corporate Management
- Assistant Deputy Minister, Portfolio Affairs and Communications
- Assistant Deputy Minister, Community Safety and Countering Crime Branch
- Interagency Volcanic Event Notification Plan
- British Columbia Provincial Emergency Program
- Canadian Air Carrier Protection Program
- Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services (Ontario)
- City of Toronto Emergency Management Office (OEM)
- Minister of Justice (Canada)
- Public safety
- Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) - United States
- List of emergency management agencies in Canada
- "About Us". Public Safety Canada. Retrieved 2018-11-16.
- "Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness". Public Safety Canada. Retrieved 2018-11-16.
- "Who we are". Public Safety Canada. Archived from the original on February 6, 2010. Retrieved 2011-07-19.