About the Canadian Safety and Security Program

The Canadian Safety and Security Program (CSSP) is a federally-funded program fostering innovative science and technology advancements at federal, provincial, territorial, municipal and Indigenous levels of government that contribute to the safety and security of Canadians.

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

Vision: A safe and secure Canada through science and technology leadership.

Mission: Strengthen Canada’s ability to anticipate, prevent, mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from acts of terrorism, crime, natural disasters, and serious accidents through the convergence of science and technology with policy, operations, and intelligence.

The CSSP is managed by the Centre for Security Science, which is the coordinating body for federal safety and security science and technology. The Centre for Security Science was established through a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the Department of National Defence (DND) and Public Safety Canada (PSC) in 2006. The Centre for Security Science is located within DND’s science and technology organization, Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC).

The CSSP was launched in 2012 and harmonized three pre-existing programs: the Chemical, Biological, and Radiological-Nuclear Research and Technology Initiative (CRTI); the Public Security Technical Program (PSTP); and the Canadian Police Research Centre (CPRC).


Reports are published through Defence Research Reports on a wide range of topics to provide partners, stakeholders, and the public easy access to information on the many projects undertaken under the CSSP every year. Reports can be found by searching by keyword or by browsing through the recent additions under the DRDC Centre for Security Science. Please note that all reports are published in the language of the author.