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Canadian Safety and Security Program

The Canadian Safety and Security Program (CSSP) is a federally-funded program that supports federal, provincial and municipal governments in the development of innovative science and technology advancements that contribute to the safety and security of Canadians. Projects funded by CSSP strengthen Canada's ability to anticipate, prevent, mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from natural disasters, serious accidents, crime and terrorism through the convergence of science and technology (S&T) with policy, operations, and intelligence.

CSSP allows government departments to meet their safety and security requirements with science and technology solutions in collaboration with industry and/or academia.

The CSSP is managed by the Department of National Defence (DND) in partnership with Public Safety Canada (PSC). Coordination of the CSSP is led by the Centre for Security Science within DND’s science and technology organization, Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC).


A Venn diagram shows the six priority areas of the Canadian Safety and Security Program with public safety, national security and overlapping domains.

Priority areas

CSSP projects are organized under six priority themes under public safety and national security:

First responders

Develop knowledge, informed advice, and innovative technology solutions to support paramedic, fire, and law enforcement service delivery that is responsive to community needs and the specific challenges facing first responders.

Preparedness and resilience

Develop solutions that support national risk management and mitigation efforts, improve public emergency communications and public responses to emergencies (including natural disasters, violent extremism, etc.), and strengthen whole-of-society resilience.

CBRNE security

Improve Canada’s national capacity to anticipate, prepare for, prevent, respond to, and recover from high consequence Chemical, Biological, Radiological-Nuclear, and Explosive (CBRNE) public safety and security events.

Critical infrastructure resilience

Anticipate, prepare for, and prevent physical and cyber threats and risks to critical infrastructure.

Surveillance, intelligence, and interdiction

Support analytical or operational solutions that help detect, prevent, and respond to various public safety and national security threats.

Border security

Improve efficiency and security of the flow of people and goods at Canada’s ports of entry; and ensure integrity of Canada’s borders.

Key aspects of CSSP projects:

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