Public Works and Government Services Canada

Public Works and Government Services Canada

August 16, 2005 14:01 ET

Canada and New Zealand Sign Industrial Security Memorandum of Understanding

GATINEAU, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 16, 2005) - Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC), on behalf of the Government of Canada, has signed an Industrial Security Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the New Zealand Defence Force that permits private sector industries in Canada and in New Zealand to bid on and participate in each other's sensitive government contracts and projects.

"Canada is committed to increase international security and promote the important Canadian defence and aerospace industries," said PWGSC Minister Scott Brison. "This MOU supports both of these objectives. It enhances our national security and at the same time is expected to generate millions of dollars in future trade opportunities for the Canadian defense and aerospace sector."

Agreements such as this MOU provide the participating nations with an assurance that their sensitive information will be properly safeguarded while in the custody of each other's private sector organizations.

Sensitive contracts include those that would involve controlled goods such as global navigation satellite systems, nuclear weapons and design testing equipment or certain types of munitions and firearms.

"This agreement will also reduce the timeframe for security/reliability clearances to be obtained, thus reducing the time required for the procurement process in accordance with PWGSC's initiative to buy more efficiently," said Minister Brison.

This is the 12th Industrial Security Memorandum of Understanding to date that Canada has signed with other countries.

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Backgrounder

Public Works and Government Services Canada is the Government of Canada organization responsible for ensuring that sensitive government information, assets and goods are properly safeguarded while in the hands of the private sector in accordance with various National and International laws, regulations and policies including many bilateral/multinational international industrial security agreements and related protocols.

Canada has had an Industrial Security Program (ISP) since World War II with follow-on commitments to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) and related strong national and international industrial security mandates.

Canada's ISP directly supports the Government Security Policy and public safety and security by ensuring that classified/protected information and assets, as well as Controlled Goods that are subject to export controls, are safeguarded from falling into the wrong hands while in the custody of industry. Most companies gain access to classified/protected information and assets as a result of contractual obligations with governments with identified security requirements.

The Industrial Security Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between Canada and New Zealand was arranged under the auspices of the Industrial Security Program that is administered by the Industrial Security Sector. For more information, please visit: http://www.cgd.gc.ca

The Industrial Security MOU with New Zealand is the twelfth signed to date. Other countries with which we hold an MOU include Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Israel, Netherlands, Norway, United Kingdom, United States, Sweden and Switzerland. In addition, and as a rule, we also honour all of the NATO member countries, as there is an assurance of safeguarding sensitive information and assets in accordance with the NATO Security Policy and supporting directives.

These MOUs provide the participating nations with an assurance that their sensitive information will be properly safeguarded while in the custody of each other's private sector organizations. MOUs covers such important aspects as: the transmission of classified information between government-to-government channels; reciprocal personnel and facility security clearances; and the extent to which each government will conduct compliance / oversight inspections and audits.

PWGSC news releases are also available on our Internet site at: http://www.pwgsc.gc.ca/comm/min/text/mediaroom-e.html.

Contact Information

  • Office of Minister Brison
    Renee David
    Press Secretary
    (819) 997-5421
    or
    Public Works and Government Services Canada
    Mario Baril
    Manager, Media Relations
    (819) 956-2315