Temporary Extension of Certain Timelines in the National Security Review Process Due to COVID-19
The following is temporarily available for historical reference. The temporary period of extended timelines in the national security review process due to Covid-19 began July 31, 2020 and ended December 31, 2020.
On July 31, 2020 the Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry issued a Ministerial Order pursuant to the Time Limits and Other Periods Act (COVID-19).
This Order lengthens the initial review period and the extended initial review period of the national security review timeline for any investments for which an application or notification has been certified as of the date of the Ministerial Order, July 31, 2020, up to December 31, 2020. The Ministerial Order also extends the deadline for the Minister to take action under Part IV.1 for investments that are subject to the Investment Canada Act but do not require a filing. For these investments, the relevant period continues to be determined from the date of implementation of the investment.
If you have any questions about the relevant timeline relating to a filing you have submitted or an investment you have or plan to make, please contact the Investment Review Division at
The illustration below provides a summary of the temporary revised Investment Canada Act national security review process.
Ministerial Order [PDF: 125KB 4 pages]
Explanatory Note [PDF: 527KB 2 pages]
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