Contract Security Manual

The Contract Security Manual (CSM) details 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. It applies to organizations registered in Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC)’s Contract Security Program (CSP) and to all contracts, Canadian or foreign, for which PSPC is responsible.


This is the current manual. In response to feedback from industry and participating federal institutions, the manual was re-written to clearly explain the current security requirements of the PSPC’s CSP that private sector organizations must comply with when bidding and working on sensitive Government of Canada contracts.

For contracts dated before August 12, 2020. The superseded manual may still apply. Consult the ARCHIVED—Industrial Security Manual.

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The Contract Security Manual can be modified at any moment. If printing a copy of the manual, it is important to refer back to the electronic version periodically to ensure to have the most up to date version.

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