OTTAWA, Canada – The 2016 Public Report on the Terrorist Threat to Canada provides a clear picture of the terrorist threats faced by the country and is part of the Government’s commitment to be open and transparent with Canadians. The report will help Canadians better understand the current threat environment and the action being taken by our Government to keep Canadians safe, while protecting our rights and values.
The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Canada’s Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, today released the 2016 Public Report on the Terrorist Threat to Canada. In 2015 and early 2016, the main threat to Canada remained that violent extremists could be inspired by groups such as Daesh and al-Qaida to carry out an attack.
Supporting the Government’s counter-terrorism measures is Canada’s National Terrorism Threat Level, which is presented for the first time in this report. This important tool helps government officials and law enforcement agencies identify risks and vulnerabilities and determine which measures to put in place to prevent or mitigate a violent act of terrorism. The current threat level remains at medium.
“Canadians expect their government to take all necessary steps to keep them safe, while safeguarding our values, our rights and freedoms and the open, inclusive democratic character of our country. Fundamental to effective national security is a solid understanding among Canadians of the threats we face. That’s what this report provides, including the current National Terrorism Threat Level for Canada. We want to prompt a rich, thorough, factual discussion of our overall national security framework, so we can shape it together – based on our clear-eyed safety requirements and the principles by which we wish to live our lives.”