Skip Ribbon Commands
Skip to main content
Information Technology (IT) is a Strategic Asset and Critical Enabler of the Government of Canada's commitment to deliver integrated and easily accessible services to Canadians, while ensuring that internal administrative operations are managed efficiently and effectively. The Treasury Board (TB) Policy on Government Security defines IT Security as the "safeguards" to preserve the confidentiality, integrity, availability, intended use and value of electronically stored, processed or transmitted information.

In 2005, the Treasury Board Secretariat (TBS) requested that all departments implement by December 2006 the Management of Information Technology Security Standard (MITS). This standard represents the baseline IT security standards for all Government of Canada departments to follow.

In 2011-12 the IT environment across the federal government went through significant changes in the delivery of IT services. Shared Services Canada (SSC) was created as the vehicle for network, server infrastructure, telecommunications and audio/video conferencing services for the forty-three departments and agencies with the largest IT spend in the Government of Canada. Formal Business Arrangement agreements were put in place with each department, and underline the fact that departmental service levels would continue to be met.
The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is the Government of Canada's agency responsible for funding health research in Canada. CIHR was created in 2000 under the authority of the CIHR Act and reports to Parliament through the Minister of Health. CIHR's mandate is to "excel, according to internationally accepted standards of scientific excellence, in the creation of new knowledge and its translation into improved health for Canadians, more effective health services and products and a strengthened Canadian health-care system." CIHR comprises 13 "virtual" institutes - each headed by a Scientific Director, who is assisted by an Institute Advisory Board - which bring together all partners in the research process - the people who fund research, those who carry it out, and those who use its results - to share ideas and focus on what Canadians need: good health and the means to prevent and fight disease. Each Institute supports a broad spectrum of research in its topic areas and, in consultation with its stakeholders, sets priorities for research in those areas. CIHR funds nearly 13,000 researchers and trainees in universities, teaching hospitals, and other health organizations and research centres in Canada.