Under Canada’s federal system, the administration of justice is an area of shared jurisdiction between the federal government and the provinces and territories. The Department supports the Minister of Justice in his responsibilities for 49 statutes and areas of federal law by ensuring a bilingual and bijural national legal framework principally within the following domains: criminal justice (including youth criminal justice), family justice, access to justice, Aboriginal justice, public law and private international law.
The Department also supports the Attorney General as the chief law officer of the Crown, both in terms of the ongoing operations of government and of the development of new policies, programs and services for Canadians. The Department provides legal advice to the Government and federal government departments and agencies, represents the Crown in civil litigation and before administrative tribunals, drafts legislation and responds to the legal needs of federal departments and agencies.
The Centre for Security Governance (CSG) is a non-profit, non-partisan think tank dedicated to the study of security transitions in fragile, failed and conflict-affected states, a process also known as security sector reform (SSR). A registered charity based in based in Kitchener, Canada, the CSG maintains a global network of research fellows from a variety of backgrounds, including practitioners, research analysts and academics, and partner organizations from the public and private sector engaged in SSR issues.
The CSG seeks to enhance the effectiveness of donor assistance and support to SSR programs through its research, events, training and direct policy advice. Committed to innovation, the CSG employs various technological tools to advance its impact and reach, most notably long-distance training and conferencing platforms. Supporting promising analysts and academics as well as advancing new ideas and approaches are also core values of the centre. Through its active engagement with SSR donors and recipients on the ground in fragile and conflict-affected states, the CSG endeavours to translate research, advice and training into tangible improvements in SSR policy and programming.
The mandate of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada is to manage Canada's diplomatic and consular relations and to encourage the country's international trade. This includes:
- ensuring that Canada's foreign policy reflects true Canadian values and advances Canada's national interests;
- strengthening rules-based trading arrangements and expanding free and fair market access at bilateral, regional and global levels; and
- working with a range of partners inside and outside government to achieve increased economic opportunity and enhanced security for Canada and for Canadians at home and abroad.
You can access the entire formal mandate of the department in the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Act (R.S. 1985, c. E-22).
Our Priorities: 2010-2011
The Department's priorities include bringing greater economic opportunity for Canada, building on a comprehensive strategy for relations with the Americas as well as a global strategy for relations with the United States, asserting Canadian leadership in emerging global governance, Afghanistan and transforming the department.
For more information, please visite the page Our priorities.
The fundamental goal of the Department of Nnational Defense and the Canadian Forces is to protect Canada, and Canadian interests and values, while contributing to international peace and security.
The CF defends Canada by:
- protecting Canadian territory, airspace and maritime areas of jurisdiction;
- helping civil authorities protect and sustain national interests;
- helping civil authorities in national emergencies; and
- helping civil authorities maintain an adequate, reasonably uniform level of emergency preparedness across the country.
The CF contributes to the defence of North America by:
- protecting the Canadian approaches to the continent in partnership with the armed forces of the United States;
- promoting Arctic security; and
- pursuing opportunities for Canada-U.S. defence co-operation in other areas.
The CF contributes to international security by:
- participating in multilateral operations through international organizations such as the United Nations (UN) and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and through coalitions of like-minded countries;
- supporting humanitarian-relief efforts and helping to restore conflict-devastated areas; and
- participating in confidence-building measures such as arms-control programs.