24 August 1977



I. Policy Control of SIGINT in Canada

1. The control of Canadian SIGINT is vested in the Interdepartmental Committee on Security and Intelligence (ICSI), under the general direction of the Cabinet Committee on Security and Intelligence. The ICSI maintains general policy control over all aspects of the collection, processing and dissemination of SIGINT and exercises this control through the Intelligence Advisory Committee (IAC) for national SIGINT, and the Canadian Forces for tactical COMINT and ELINT.

2. The IAC is responsible to the ICSI for the execution of all policy matters with regard to national SIGINT, [three-and-a-half lines deleted] and for supervision of the security policy governing SIGINT. The IAC also co-ordinates the Canadian SIGINT program with other national intelligence activities and formulates guidance, requirements and priorities for the provision of SIGINT product.

II. Definitions

Communications Intelligence (COMINT)

3. Technical and intelligence information derived from COMINT activities performed on foreign communications [one-and-a-half lines deleted];

4. COMINT activities are those activities which produce COMINT by the collection and processing of foreign communications passed by radio, wire and other electromagnetic means: by the study of foreign communications systems; [some text deleted];

5. [Paragraph deleted];

6. [Paragraph deleted].

Electronics Intelligence (ELINT)

7. Technical and intelligence information derived from the collection and analysis of foreign non-communications electromagnetic emissions (e.g. radar, navigational aids and jamming signals).

Telemetry Intelligence (TELINT)

8. Technical and intelligence information derived from the collection and analysis of foreign instrumentation signals.

Signal Intelligence (SIGINT)

9. All processes involved in, and information and technical material derived from, the interception and study of foreign communications and non-communications electromagnetic emissions. The term embraces COMINT, ELINT and TELINT.

III. The National SIGINT Centre

10. The Communications Security Establishment (CSE) of the Department of National Defence has been established as the Canadian National SIGINT Centre, and has been given the responsibility for providing SIGINT to meet the needs of the Federal Government. Current user requirements are provided bilaterally or through the IAC.


Source: Kevin O'Neill, ed., History of CBNRC, 1987, Chapter 2, Annex G (IAC SIGINT Memorandum No. 1, CONTROL OF SIGNAL INTELLIGENCE (SIGINT) IN CANADA, 24 August 1977), released in severed form under the Access to Information Act.

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