The National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians (NSICOP) has the broad mandate to review the legislative, regulatory, policy, administrative, and financial framework for national security and intelligence. It may also review any activity carried out by a department or agency that relates to national security or intelligence, as well as any matter relating to national security or intelligence referred to it by a minister of the Crown. The Committee is composed of up to eight Members of the House of Commons and up to three Senators, each of whom must obtain a Top Secret security clearance to fulfill their responsibilities.
Each year, the Committee must submit a report of the reviews it conducted during the preceding year to the Prime Minister. The Committee may also produce special reports on any matter related to its mandate at any time. The Prime Minister must table these reports in both Houses of Parliament.
The Prime Minister will nominate the new members of the Committee in early February 2020. The Secretariat will focus its initial activities on briefing the new members on the various components and activities of Canada’s security and intelligence community. It will facilitate briefings with heads of departments and agencies, and site visits to operational organizations to allow members to see first hand their activities and capabilities. The Secretariat will also support the Committee?s engagement with academics, non-governmental organizations and civil rights actors to help build a broader perspective on the issues facing the security and intelligence community.
The Secretariat anticipates that the Committee will determine its review schedule early in the 2020-21 fiscal year. In support of the Committee’s decision, the Secretariat will prepare a number of review proposals under both parts of the organization’s mandate, notably framework reviews and activity reviews. These reviews would be included in the Committee?s Annual Report and provided to the Prime Minister prior to the end of the 2020 calendar year.
For more information on previous Committee reports, please visit the Committee’s website.
For more information on the Secretariat of the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians plans, priorities and planned results, see the Core responsibilities: planned results and resources, and key risks section of this report.