Ottawa Launches Community Consultations on Generation of International Agent Registry

The federal government has introduced community consultations to get started the procedure of building a overseas agent registry in Canada, which will require folks or entities doing work on behalf of a foreign authority to register with the Canadian federal government.

Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino announced the start of the consultations for the duration of a press conference in Ottawa on March 10, stating they are meant to “broadly interact all Canadians” in discussions about foreign interference in Canadian institutions.

Mendicino also explained the consultations are supposed to assist locate ways of modernizing existing legislative authorities to give them methods to address “foreign condition functions that go beyond authentic diplomacy in an try to clandestinely or deceptively manipulate Canada’s open up democracy.”

Public Protection Canada (PSC) claims the registry will “ensure transparency and accountability” from people doing the job on behalf of foreign governments and will involve international states engaged in acts of interference to sign-up their routines.

A digital portal has been set up on PSC’s web page through which men and women can submit questionnaire responses until eventually May perhaps 9.

A poll done in December 2022 by Nanos Investigation located that almost 90 % of Canadians supported the generation of a international agent registry, with only about 7 % of the survey’s respondents opposing the thought.

Reporters questioned Mendicino on March 10 as to why his governing administration has delayed the generation of a overseas agent registry till now, as allies like the United States have experienced 1 because the 1980s and Australia developed a “Foreign Affect Transparency Scheme” in 2018.

“There’s no question that the threat involving overseas interference has progressed around the last number of yrs,” Mendicino responded.


The minister was asked frequently by reporters when Ottawa expects to have the international influence registry up and running. He was also asked if it will be functioning by the time of the future federal election, but Mendicino did not give an exact timeline.

Mendicino explained once the consultation period is above in May well, the Liberal government will get started crafting legislation “that is respectful of the different perspectives and advice” received from Canadians by the consultations.

“I understand that this is urgent, but what I’m trying to underscore is that even as we are getting this dialogue, the governing administration has been vigilant,” he stated.

Sen. Leo Housakos released a invoice in the Senate in March 2022 aimed at making a foreign affect registry, but it has remained idle at any time given that.

Isaac Teo and Andrew Chen contributed to this report.