Security requirements for contracting with the Government of Canada

Planning to bid and work on a government contract with security requirements? Find out how to obtain security screening and comply with contract security requirements through Public Services and Procurement Canada.

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The safety and well-being of our teams, clients and partners is our top priority.

Public Services and Procurement Canada’s Contract Security Program has resumed regular service levels for all requests, with the exception of those requiring in-person security screening interviews outside of the National Capital Region.

Requests directly related to the COVID-19 response and critical operational requirements needed to maintain essential services of the Government of Canada remain the priority. To help us better manage and prioritize your request:

  • For personnel screening requests: once you have submitted your request to the Contract Security Program which includes a compelling justification in section A of the TBS 330-23E, please also submit the compelling justification by email to the Client Service Centre at ssi-iss@tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca with the subject line COVID-19 / Essential Services Justification. In your justification, provide the applicant’s full name, the contract number, an explanation of the individual’s skill set related to the COVID-19 response or critical operational requirements (such as health care, transportation, security, etc.), the start date of the individual on the identified contract and the impact if this security screening is not processed on a priority basis.
  • For private sector organization screening requests: please ensure to attach the security requirements checklist with a compelling justification in order to be processed on a priority basis.

Each federal government department’s security authority remains responsible for authorizing contractor requests to access protected or classified information from home anywhere in Canada and for administering the required safeguarding measures. Please be advised that contractors are not permitted under any circumstance to work on Foreign Classified, North Atlantic Treaty Organization and Classified Communications Security information and assets from home or from an uninspected work location. Until further notice, organizations whose employees who are required to access protected or classified information or assets while working from home, must contact their client department for approval and guidance.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

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Security screening for government contracts

New to Public Services and Procurement Canada's Contract Security Program? Start here with an introduction to the government security screening process: learn about the types and levels of security required for safeguarding sensitive information, assets and work sites.

Organization security screening

Looking to meet security requirements in a contract? Learn how to begin by registering and security screening your organization.

Personnel security screening

Once your organization is registered, find out how to security screen your employees.

Safeguarding equipment, sites, assets and information

For organizations registered in Public Services and Procurement Canada's Contract Security Program, learn the security requirements for your work site, information and assets when working on sensitive government contracts.

Subcontracting security requirements

Organizations must ensure that subcontractors obtain the required security screening before working on contracts with security requirements. Find out how the process works.

International contract security requirements

Is your organization thinking about contracting or subcontracting with a foreign government or business? Find out how Public Services and Procurement Canada's Contract Security Program can help your organization get the security clearance it needs to compete in the global marketplace.

Contract Security Manual

A reference manual detailing the requirements that private sector organizations must follow for safeguarding government information and assets provided to, or produced by, organizations awarded a government contract with security requirements.

Contract security training

Training and webinars for organizations bidding and working on government contracts with security requirements.

Contract security forms

Get the security forms you need to register and comply with Public Services and Procurement Canada's Contract Security Program.

Contract security resources

Tools and reference sheets designed to help you navigate the processes and comply with the requirements of Public Services and Procurement Canada's Contract Security Program.

News and updates about contract security

Get news about changes to government contract security requirements from Public Services and Procurement Canada's Contract Security Program.

Contact the Contract Security Program

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