Minister Champagne’s letter to the Canadian Forum for Digital Infrastructure Resilience

Dear Industry Member of the Canadian Forum for Digital Infrastructure Resilience:

The security and reliability of Canada’s digital infrastructure is of utmost importance. Canadians, industry, and critical infrastructure sectors increasingly depend on information and communication technology (ICT), which is crucial for conducting economic and social activities, as well as accessing basic services. In the event of emergencies or large‑scale disruptions, such as those caused by the COVID‑19 pandemic, natural disasters, or cyber incidents, this dependency is amplified.

On September 7, 2022, I announced a Telecommunications Reliability Agenda, which features three pillars: robust networks and systems; strengthened accountability; and coordinated planning and preparedness. In order to achieve this agenda, it is essential that the ICT sector demonstrate leadership and collaboration.

The products, services, and infrastructure provided by your organization play an important role in Canada's digital resilience and economy. Fundamental to the safety, prosperity, and well-being of Canadians, they support and enable a wide range of economic and social activities that help other critical infrastructure sectors and government services, and they are crucial for emergency services and public safety.

I would ask that your organization work collaboratively with other industry members of the Canadian Forum for Digital Infrastructure Resilience to develop a set of recommendations, within the next six months, to improve the reliability and resilience of Canada’s digital infrastructure. I am confident that, by working together, we can advance our shared goal of ensuring the security and reliability of this infrastructure.

Thank you in advance for your co‑operation in this important matter.

Sincerely,

The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, P.C., M.P.