Program Mandate

Canada created its CTCB Program in 2005 to provide training, funding, equipment, technical and legal assistance to other states so that they are able to prevent and respond to terrorist activity in accordance with international counter-terrorism and human rights norms, standards and obligations.

Through this Program, we share our expertise in seven main areas:

  • Border security;
  • Transportation security;
  • Legislative, regulatory and legal policy development, legislative drafting, and human rights and counter-terrorism training;
  • Law enforcement, security, military and intelligence training;
  • Chemical/biological/radiological/nuclear and explosives (CBRNE) terrorism prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery;
  • Combating terrorism financing; and
  • Cyber security and protecting critical infrastructure.

The Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development's CTCB Program Secretariat (ICTC) administers the Program. It is managed by an interdepartmental steering committee comprising 19 federal departments and agencies that ensure this assistance takes a 'whole-of-government' approach. DFAIT collaborates with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) to ensure that any bilateral programs in this area complement CIDA programs in beneficiary states.

The 19 federal departments and agencies offer most Program assistance, although initiatives by Crown corporations, provincial and municipal bodies such as police services and justice ministries, and established international, private-sector, non-governmental organizations and centres of expertise will also be eligible for Program support.

Similar programs exist in the US State Department and the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office. These give us leverage when we share activities and resources. Canada continues to work with other members of the Counter-Terrorism Action Group, to co-ordinate, avoid duplication, and assist in areas where we have particular expertise.

The CTCBP also manages Canada’s annual Voluntary contribution to the UN office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).