The Canadian Intelligence Community After 9/11

Greg Fyffe


After September 2001, the Canadian intelligence community gained substantial new resources and revised mandates. Institutional structures were modified to focus on new threats and improve coordination. Agencies gained in impact because they had more capacity to deal with potential terrorists and gather information in a world which was more chaotic, more threatening, and more unpredictable.  The 9/11 attacks were a catalyst for change, but the Canadian intelligence community had also been shaken by the Ressam plot, and was subsequently influenced by the allied Iraq debates, participation in Afghanistan, and the Arar and Air India inquiries. Changes continue as new capacities are absorbed, refined and focused.

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