The Government of Canada introduced Bill C-26, An Act Respecting cyber security, amending the Telecommunications Act and making consequential amendments to other Acts, for its first reading in Parliament. Part 2 of the Bill would enact the Critical Cyber Systems Protection Act (CCSPA) to “provide a framework for the protection of the critical cyber systems of services and systems that are vital to national security or public safety.” The CCSPA would allow Cabinet to designate any service or system as “vital,” a list that presently includes:
- telecommunications services,
- interprovincial or international pipeline and power line systems,
- nuclear energy systems,
- transportation systems within federal legislative authority,
- banking systems,
- clearing and settlement systems.