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    Government of Canada – Contract Security Program Webinar Learning Series

    February 13, 2017

    Do you need help in navigating the Government of Canada security screening process? The Contract Security Program offers training for private sector organizations bidding and working on government contracts with security requirements.

    The Contract Security Program offers a free live webinar series related to the program. The webinars are designed to increase your ability to fulfill the Contract Security Program requirements, and are presented on a monthly basis, in both official languages. Read the rest of this entry »


    Mandatory Electronic Fingerprints Requirement Now in Place for Government of Canada Contractors

    February 10, 2017

    As part of the security screening process for Government of Canada contractors, Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) (formerly Public Works and Government Services Canada) requires a criminal record check. On February 1, 2017, PSPC put in place a new criminal record check process for contractors. Applicants who require a new personnel security screening clearance or a renewal or upgrade to their clearance are subject to the new process and will be required to provide electronic fingerprints. Read the rest of this entry »


    Contract Security Program: Mandatory Electronic Fingerprinting Coming in Fall 2016

    August 3, 2016

    As part of the security screening process for Government of Canada contractors, the Contract Security Program completes a criminal record check in accordance with the Treasury Board Standard on Security Screening. The Contract Security Program conducts criminal record checks through the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).

    The RCMP is retiring the name-based criminal record check process in favour of mandatory electronic fingerprinting. This process entails the police service or an accredited fingerprinting company taking a copy of your fingerprints with an electronic scanner. The fingerprints are used by the RCMP only to confirm your identity. After completion of service, the copy of your fingerprints is destroyed. It is not kept or searched for other purposes.

    Mandatory electronic fingerprinting is already in place for employees of most government departments; but has not yet been implemented for industry clearances. Once this process is implemented, all new requests for personnel security screening will require confirmation that an electronic fingerprint check has been completed to initiate the criminal record check.

    Company security officers will direct their employees to service providers to have their fingerprints taken prior to submitting their application. A confirmation that the fingerprints were taken, along with the employee’s personnel screening forms will be submitted electronically to the Contract Security Program. This change is expected to expedite the time it takes to process screening requests.

    The Contract Security Program is working with the RCMP on an implementation plan for industry that will identify how the changes will be rolled out. The new process is expected to be launched in fall 2016. A detailed communiqué on the new process and its requirements will be sent to all company security officers and their alternates closer to the launch date.

    For more information, contact the Contract Security Program.

     


    [ARCHIVED] PWGSC to Offer Company Security Officer (CSO) Training Sessions in Halifax, Quebec City, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Saskatoon, Vancouver and Victoria in 2016

    May 6, 2016

    [ARCHIVED November 10, 2016 – This page will no longer be updated. Please see http://www.theproposalcentre.ca/wp-blog/list-of-primers/ for current information on key Government of Canada and Government of Ontario contract vehicles]

    Are you a Company Security Officer (CSO) or Alternate Company Security Officer (ACSO) for an organization that holds a federal security clearance? If yes, and you are interested in developing a better understanding of the Industrial Security Program and your responsibilities in this program, you should attend a Company Security Officer (CSO) Training Session. Read the rest of this entry »


    [ARCHIVED] PWGSC to Offer Company Security Officer (CSO) Training Sessions in Calgary, Montreal, Richmond, Victoria, Halifax and Ottawa in Spring and Summer 2015

    April 24, 2015

    [ARCHIVED May 6, 2016 – This page will no longer be updated. Please see http://www.theproposalcentre.ca/wp-blog/2016/05/06/csotraining/ for current information on CSO Training]

    Are you a Company Security Officer for an organization holding a federal security clearance? If yes, and you are interested in developing a better understanding of the Industrial Security Program and your responsibilities in this program, you should attend a Company Security Officer (CSO) Training Session.

    PWGSC has provided the following description of the training session:

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    [ARCHIVED] Free webinar on “How to obtain a security clearance with the Industrial Security Program” – PWGSC (January 20, 2015)

    January 16, 2015

    [ARCHIVED August 2, 2016 – This page will no longer be updated.]

    The Proposal Centre has received notice about an upcoming webinar which may be of interest to any suppliers who have not yet obtained their security clearance. The following notice was distributed by the Office of Small and Medium Enterprises announcing the webinar: Read the rest of this entry »


    Independents/Firms who provide services to the Government of Canada (even as subcontractors/independent contractors to other firms) must register in the Industrial Security Program

    August 8, 2014

    The Industrial Security Sector (ISS) of Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) requires all individuals operating as independent contractors to register in the Industrial Security program and obtain an organizational security clearance in addition to their personal security clearance. Independent contractors are defined as “any individual business entity, including: independent contractors, independent and freelance consultants, and independent suppliers and business owners”.

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