International Collaboration

International collaboration enables allied nations to learn from each other's experiences and share knowledge, expertise and best practices. Through international partnerships, Canada and its allies can share resources and expertise to address mutual public safety and security challenges and develop the best solutions, while avoiding duplication of effort and ensuring the interoperability of solutions across borders.

Under the Canadian Safety and Security Program, Defence Research and Development Canada's Centre for Security Science (DRDC CSS) administers a number of international arrangements on behalf of the Department of National Defence to enable collaborative science and technology (S&T) work in support of shared public safety and national security priorities.

DRDC CSS holds formal collaborative agreements with the following countries:

Canada - U.S. Memorandum of Understanding for R&D to Combat Terrorism

The Canada - U.S. Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for R&D to Combat Terrorism is jointly administered by DRDC CSS and the Technical Support Working Group (TSWG) of the U.S. Department of Defense's Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office. It enables bilateral S&T cooperation at the federal level with the participation of local governments, end users, academia and industry. The goal of the MOU is to share both the costs and benefits of the combined research and development capabilities of the two countries to rapidly develop, transition and deploy solutions to frontline personnel in the fight against terrorism. Each country is responsible for funding 50% of project costs undertaken under the MOU.

Projects are underway in areas such as tactical operations, explosives detection and countermeasures, personnel protection, physical security, and training and simulation tools.

Canada - U.S. Agreement for Cooperation in S&T for Critical Infrastructure Protection and Border Security (CIPABS)

CIPABS is a government-to-government agreement administered by DRDC and the Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Branch, which enables federal departments and agencies to establish collaborative arrangements for joint activities and information sharing between the two countries, including the transfer of funds and the exchange of personnel.

Current collaboration includes activities related to chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear detection and defence, transportation security, interoperability, risk assessment, border security and surveillance, and critical infrastructure protection.

Canada - United Kingdom (U.K.) Memorandum of Understanding for Public Security and Safety Cooperative S&T

This agreement is jointly administered by DRDC and the U.K. Home Office. It enables federal departments and agencies to establish collaborative arrangements for joint activities and information sharing between the two countries, including the transfer of funds and the exchange of personnel.

Canada-Sweden Implementing Arrangement on Cooperation in Public Security and Safety Science and Technology

The Implementing Arrangement (IA) on Cooperation in Public Security and Safety Science and Technology is jointly administered by Defence Research and Development Canada’s Centre for Security Science (DRDC CSS) and the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB). It falls under the authority of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Government of the Kingdom of Sweden and the Government of Canada on Science and Technology Cooperation signed in 2010. The arrangement enables DRDC CSS to collaborate with Sweden’s MSB and share experiences and lessons learned in areas of mutual interest to both countries, including but not limited to, community resilience, national risk-assessments, cyber security, critical infrastructure, extreme space weather, crisis communication and social media.

Date modified: