CSIS warns of safety considerations linked to international funding in Canada

Canada’s spy company has issued a warning concerning the nationwide safety threat posed by some international funding — however is not saying which state-owned enterprises and international state actors it is notably fearful about.

The message was delivered within the Canadian Safety Intelligence Service’s 2019 annual public report, tabled in Parliament right this moment.


“Financial espionage actions in Canada proceed to extend in breadth, depth and potential financial influence. Hostile international intelligence companies or people who find themselves working with the tacit or express help of international states, try to collect political, financial, industrial, tutorial, scientific or navy data via clandestine means in Canada,” the report says.

“As tough as it’s to measure, this harm to our collective prosperity could be very actual.”

The report says that whereas most international funding in Canada is above-board, “numerous state-owned enterprises and personal corporations with shut ties to their authorities and or intelligence companies can pursue company acquisition bids in Canada or different financial actions.”


“Company acquisitions by these entities pose potential dangers associated to vulnerabilities in essential infrastructure, management over strategic sectors, espionage and international influenced actions, and unlawful switch of expertise and experience,” says the annual report.

“CSIS expects that nationwide safety considerations associated to international investments or different financial actions in Canada will proceed.”

The report is simply the newest phrase of warning from CSIS concerning the rise of financial espionage in Canada. Director David Vigneault has known as state-sponsored industrial espionage the “biggest risk” to Canada’s financial system.


The 34-page report warns of international financial espionage a number of occasions, however would not identify the state actors concerned. Earlier this 12 months, nonetheless, the Nationwide Safety and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians (NSICOP), a overview physique made up of MPs and senators, launched a report particularly calling out China and Russia for operating “vital and sustained” international interference actions in Canada.

CSIS report flags ‘incel’ motion 

CSIS’s annual report additionally touched on the risk posed in Canada by violent, ideologically-motivated people, together with these related to the so-called “incel” on-line motion.

Toronto police say they’re treating the killing of a girl at a Toronto therapeutic massage parlour in February as an act of terrorism after uncovering what they are saying is proof suggesting it was impressed by incel ideology.


Supporters of this misogynistic on-line motion sometimes specific frustration towards girls over their very own lack of sexual success, and generally threaten violence towards them. Toronto police and RCMP classify it as an “ideologically motivated violent extremist” motion.

Alek Minassian, the accused driver within the 2018 Toronto van assault that killed 10 individuals and injured 16 others, mentioned in a police interview he was impressed by incel ideology.

Minassian advised police shortly after the assault that his actions have been retribution for years of sexual rejection and mock by girls. His judge-only trial was scheduled to start in early 2020 however has not but began.


CSIS says risk actors’ reliance on encrypted expertise on-line stays an impediment for intelligence businesses. 

“They will evade detection by police and intelligence officers, which regularly presents a major problem when governments examine and search to prosecute risk actors,” the report says.

“Terrorist entities use our on-line world to reinforce the safety of their actions … Radicalization, each offline and on-line, stays a major concern to Canada and its allies.”


Wednesday’s report additionally regarded on the variety of safety screenings CSIS has carried out over the past fiscal 12 months as a part of its mandate. The safety assessments assist flag safety considerations linked to terrorism and espionage, and assist departments and businesses with choices about whether or not to grant, deny or revoke safety clearances. 

By the Immigration and Citizenship, program it screened 217,400 citizen purposes and 41,000 refugees final 12 months.