Company security officer responsibilities: International contract security requirements

Communiqué: October 27, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic progresses, the security of sensitive government information and assets remains a priority, in both Canada and abroad.

With many contractors continuing to work from home, Public Services and Procurement Canada’s (PSPC) Contact Security Program would like to remind all company security officers and alternate company security officers of their responsibilities related to international contracting:

Additional requirements for foreign and North Atlantic Treaty Organization classified information

As part of Canada’s international and NATO obligations, PSPC’s Contract Security Program acts as the document registry for foreign and NATO classified information entrusted to Canadian contractors, and is responsible for controlling access to such information in the private sector.

To ensure compliance with bilateral security instruments and the NATO Security Policy, organizations required to safeguard foreign and NATO classified information at their worksite(s) must comply with the following requirements:

For guidance on international contract security requirements, or to seek approval from the Contract Security Program for an international request, organizations may send an email to or contact the Contract Security Program's client service centre.

Thank you for your cooperation. Together, we can ensure the safety and well-being of Canadians and of our trusted partners.

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