CSIS OPS-402 Section 17 Arrangements with Foreign Governments and Institutions (2005)
Document Analysis: Guidelines for foreign arrangements generally establish that:
- Arrangements must be compatible w/ Canada’s foreign policy
- Arrangements are in the interests of Canada’s security
- Arrangements with foreign countries or organizations will only be considered where there is a definite requirement to protect Canada’s security.
Includes OPS-402-1 Standards and Guidelines for Establishing a Foreign Arrangement (June 6, 2005) – states that where there is a requirement to enter into a foreign arrangement under Section 17 of the CSIS Act, a request must be submitted to the Director General Foreign Liaison and Visits (DG FLV). Guidelines include (unredacted): describing the rationale for proposed arrangement, assess internal political situation and respect for human rights (by looking at the human rights record of a country and any abuses by security or intelligence organizations).
Section 17 of the CSIS Act:
17 (1) For the purpose of performing its duties and functions under this Act, the Service may,
(a) with the approval of the Minister, enter into an arrangement or otherwise cooperate with
(i) any department of the Government of Canada or the government of a province or any department thereof, or
(ii) any police force in a province, with the approval of the Minister responsible for policing in the province; or
(b) with the approval of the Minister after consultation by the Minister with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, enter into an arrangement or otherwise cooperate with the government of a foreign state or an institution thereof or an international organization of states or an institution thereof.
Copies of arrangements to Review Committee
(2) Where a written arrangement is entered into pursuant to subsection (1) or subsection 13(2) or (3), a copy thereof shall be given forthwith to the Review Committee.