CSSP-Funded Projects – Call for Proposals

The Canadian Safety and Security Program’s (CSSP) current portfolio includes close to two hundred projects and activities. These projects are led by federal, provincial, territorial and municipal governments, or academic institutions, through innovative federal contracting mechanisms managed by Public Services and Procurement Canada.

The table below provides a brief overview of projects funded through the CSSP Call for Proposals since the program was launched in 2012. Note: This is not the complete list of projects; we are continuously updating the page as project descriptions become available.

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CSSP Call for Proposals Projects

  1. Border security
  2. Critical infrastructure resilience
  3. Cyber security
  4. Community safety and resilience (including first responders, emergency management, and community resilience)
  5. Threats and hazards mitigation (including chemical, biological, radiological-nuclear and explosives, forensics, and natural hazards)
Border security
Project NumberTitleDescriptionLead OrganizationPartnersStatus
CSSP-2013-CP-1004 Testing the Combination of X-Ray and Neutron Technologies for Screening Cargo Combining X-Ray and Neutron screening technologies to detect explosives and drugs in cargo is expected to be a significant improvement compared to X-Ray detection alone, offering enhanced capabilities in transportation security, customs, border security, and law enforcement operations. The project will develop an XNT system prototype, that will be used to collect images of many materials, screen various threat materials, evaluate performance metrics (e.g., detection probability, false alarms), and analyze the data to determine how XNT compares to X-Ray alone in screening cargo for contraband materials. Transport Canada Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), United States (U.S.) Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Ongoing
CSSP-2013-CP-1007 Developing a Single View of Operational Border Security Information This project will support Canada’s border security and improve domain awareness and management by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Integrated Border Enforcement Team (IBET). A Common Operating Picture (COP) application will be developed that provides a single display of all relevant operational information. It will also improve the way IBET agencies manage, analyze, and distribute security intelligence information along the border. This enables cooperative cross-border security initiatives and supports dispatch based on critical security data. This project will mitigate the risk associated with introducing the new technology by prototyping and demonstrating the operation and value of the COP application. Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), Esri Canada Limited (industrial partner), United States (U.S.) Customs and Border Protection/Office of Border Patrol (CBP/OBP), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Ongoing
CSSP-2013-CP-1012 Combined Cameras, Sensors, and Radars for Maintaining Border Integrity Reducing the illegal flow of goods and persons across the border requires extensive monitoring, situational awareness (SA), and dispatching of limited police resources to border sensor alarms. This project will increase SA and ensure effective use of resources by creating a common operating picture that provides geospatial mapping of border camera fields of view over a 120 km region. The cameras will also be combined with ground sensors and radars to help reduce false alarms by allowing video to be matched to any border alarms. This project will also evaluate these efforts by assessing how this enhanced SA impacts dispatch efficiency and contributes to more effective investigations. Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), ESRI Canada Limited (industrial partner), la Sûreté du Québec, United States Customs and Border Protection/Office of Border Patrol (CBP/OBP) Ongoing
CSSP-2013-CP-1014 Automating the Registration of Air Cargo to Reduce the Need for Re-Screening Real or perceived security issues with air cargo that has already been screened results in re-screening, which has an impact on commercial activities. This project will automate the registration of air cargo, the near real-time sharing of air cargo information (such as images and examination results), and the risk assessment system for Canadian air cargo transportation. Doing so will reduce the volume of air cargo that is subject to re-screening, which will increase efficiency and security, and focus resources on higher risk areas. This project will also support increased air and traveller safety and a more effective Canadian supply chain by reducing the regulatory and administrative burden on Canadian industry. Transport Canada Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) – Pre-Border Directorate, Lansdowne Technologies Inc. (industrial partner), Transport Canada - Aviation Security (TC-AS) Completed
CSSP-2013-CP-1015 Detecting Contraband by Vapour Sampling at Canadian Ports and Airports Screening large cargo containers at Canadian ports and airports can be costly and labour intensive. This project examines the capability of commercially available, high-volume air sampling and analysis systems to detect the presence of prescribed narcotic and explosive substances, as well as their precursors, in marine and air cargo containers. Laboratory tests will determine the sensitivity (detection limits) of the detectors and verify manufacturers’ claims. This project will identify detectors that eliminate the need to unload a container and perform physical searches, while increasing the probability of detecting concealed drugs or explosive substances. Transport Canada Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC), Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Ongoing
CSSP-2013-CP-1020 Understanding the Risks of Using Face and Iris Biometrics in Automated Border and Access Control This project will identify applicable techniques for using biometrics in automated border and access control applications. It will also perform a benefit-risk analysis for using biometrics in e-Gate systems, examine and classify the risk of attacks on biometric applications, identify technologies and procedures to secure biometrics, and generate rules and restrictions related to validating e-Gate systems. The results of this project will inform the effective use of biometrics in automated border access and control applications to support an open but secure border. Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) University of Calgary Completed
CSSP-2013-CP-1023 Development and Application of a Risk Management and Analysis Tool for Flooding Along the Border System of Lake Champlain and the Richelieu River Flood-prone areas such as the regions surrounding Lake Champlain and the Richelieu River in southern Quebec can be subjected to significant hazards and damage during a flood. Maintaining safe, resilient communities in such areas depends on having the proper information and tools to prepare for flooding events and mitigate the damage they cause. This project aims to develop tools to provide detailed situational awareness during flood events and provide emergency management practitioners with validated cartographic information on flooding risk, real-time flooding state, and the scope of actual or potential damage. Ministère de la Sécurité publique du Québec Centre d’expertise hydrique du Québec (CEHQ) du Ministère de développement durable de la faune et de l’environnement du Québec, Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS), Municipalité de St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), Public Safety Canada (Québec Regional Office) Completed
CSSP-2014-CP-2000 Facial Recognition for Surveillance at the Border This project will demonstrate the operational readiness of face recognition in video (FRiV) technology for surveillance at the border. The FRiV technology will be assessed based on use in a semi-constrained operational environment and a report will detail the performance and capabilities of the system, the impact on border security and intelligence operations, and the limitations of FRiV in an operational setting. The application of FRiV technology requires addressing the significant privacy concern and so this project will include establishing an approved and validated privacy and security protocol. Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) ADGA Group, NextgenID Canada Inc., University of Quebec École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS) Completed
CSSP-2014-CP-2001 Enhancing Canada-U.S. Trans-border Law Enforcement with Surveillance-to-Intelligence Tools The Canada-United States (U.S.) Shiprider (or Integrated Cross-border Maritime Law Enforcement Operations) is a partnership between the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and the U.S. Coast Guard that allows law enforcement officers to ensure security on both sides of the international boundary line. To improve the efficacy of Shiprider in fighting trans-border crime, this project will address gaps by establishing radar feeds for key border regions, provide shipboard surveillance-to-intelligence tools to Shiprider as well as RCMP Windsor and U.S. Coast Guard Detroit, and develop standard operating procedures for intelligence-led operations. Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Accipiter Radar Technologies, Inc., Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), US Coast Guard Detroit Sector Completed

 

Critical infrastructure resilience
Project NumberTitleDescriptionLead OrganizationPartnersStatus
CSSP_2013-CP-1026 Sharing Information for Critical Infrastructure Protection Critical infrastructure resilience can be enhanced through improved collaboration between the Security, Intelligence and Law Enforcement community, critical infrastructure owners and operators, and emergency management organizations. This project will assess the information and intelligence requirements of critical infrastructure owners and operators, study the way critical infrastructure information is managed in Canada, and consider the relevant legislative and legal constraints to critical infrastructure information sharing. This knowledge will then support the development of an inexpensive and effective tool to support critical infrastructure information sharing. New Brunswick Department of Public Safety Dalhousie University, Gowlings, Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Completed
CSSP-2013-CP-1025 Detecting Low-Cost Satellite Navigation and Cellular Jammers Low-cost satellite navigation and cellular jammers are illegal devices that interfere with the way global positioning systems (GPS) provide positioning, navigation, and timing data to a wide range of users. Extended and prolonged GPS signal disruptions can significantly impact the safety and security of Canadians and the Canadian economy. This project aims to develop, test, and validate mobile operational tools, primarily in the form of software, to assess jammer usage rates and the impact of low-cost jammers on critical service equipment, as well as develop algorithms to characterize the signals produced by given jammers. Communications Research Centre Canada (CRC) NAV CANADA Completed
CSSP-2013-CP-1027 Understanding How to Manage Risks Faced by Energy, Food, and Transportation Supply Chains It is important that Critical Infrastructure (CI) owners and operators and emergency managers understand supply chains, the risks they may face, and risk management strategies. This project will develop a risk management framework to facilitate increased resilience of energy, food, and transportation supply chains. The project will include creating models for each of these three supply chains, developing scenarios for possible disruptions of these, and conducting risk assessments. The result will be a decision support tool that provides comparative analysis of risk management options. New Brunswick Department of Public Safety Conference Board of Canada, Dalhousie University, Deep Logic Solutions Completed
CSSP-2014-CP-2004 Exchanging Sensitive Information between Telecommunications Networks: Understanding interdependencies and Reducing Vulnerabilities Telecommunications networks are essential to all socio-economic activities and are highly interrelated and interdependent. This project will develop a framework that will enable telecommunications network providers to exchange sensitive information and better understand their interdependencies to reduce their mutual vulnerabilities, while respecting the privacy policies of competitors. Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada Centre de services partagés du Québec (Quebec centre for shared services), Industry Canada, Polytechnique Montréal Ongoing

 

Cyber security
Project NumberTitleDescriptionLead OrganizationPartnersStatus
CSSP-2013-CP-1002 Collaborative Security Intelligence Network for Wireless Threats It is essential that public security agencies have the technical capabilities to accurately identify, localize, and mitigate wireless security threats in real-time. The project team will develop a prototype Collaborative Security Intelligence Network (CSIN) network platform that can collaboratively identify a suspicious wireless device, determine its geographical location, and mitigate its transmission activities when required. The design and operation of such a network could significantly enhance wireless security science and technology capabilities for public security and military applications. Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) University of Western Ontario; Université Laval Completed
CSSP-2013-CP-1006 Detecting Malicious Cyber Command and Control (C2) Signals This study will develop a prototype system and report that will demonstrate how data collected in Darknets (private networks where connections are shared only by trusted peers) may be used to determine the level of infection within networks. It will also demonstrate how machine learning algorithms may be applied to collected data to identify malicious command and control (C2) systems. Being able to quickly and effectively identify malicious C2 systems will contribute to efforts by Canadian companies and our allies worldwide to mount a united defence against unwanted network intruders and provide an effective defence against these attacks. Public Safety Canada Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), Packet Forensics Completed
CSSP-2013-CP-1008 Detecting Advanced Persistent Threats Advanced persistent threats (APTs) are highly organized, skilled, and often well-funded efforts to access highly sensitive information or to take down critical infrastructure. These are the most difficult types of network attacks to detect because they are tailored explicitly to the network under attack; since knowledgeable attackers are aware of the most common type of intrusion detection system, they can take steps to avoid them. This project aims to improve the detection of APTs by building new algorithms and associated computer code that will be used to detect attacks on large-scale computer networks such as provincial governments, large corporations, and educational institutions. Defence Research and Development Canada’s Centre for Security Science (DRDC CSS) Communication Security Establishment Canada (CSEC), Government of Manitoba, Manitoba Education Research and Learning Information Networks, Securis and TR Tech University of Manitoba, Ongoing
CSSP-2013-CP-1031 Multilingual Threat Detection Technology It is very challenging for Canada’s security analysts to analyze all the data items that are relevant to their job. For instance, postings on social media—both internationally and nationally—contain a wealth of information about developing risks that cannot possibly all be monitored by the human resources available. This project will deliver a prototype software system capable of monitoring and analyzing textual sources, in particular multilingual texts from online media (including social media), by using state-of-the-art natural language technologies for the benefit of security analysts. National Research Council-Information and Communication Technologies (NRC-ICT) Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC), MediaMiser, Thales Canada Completed
CSSP-2014-CP-2008 Detecting Malicious Behaviour in Network Traffic in Real time Mathematical modelling is being increasingly used to detect malware traffic and behavior. The goal of this project is to classify and identify malicious behaviour in network traffic by exploring the meta-data features of the traffic and using state-of-the-art machine learning techniques, which are capable of working in real time as well as on historical data. The project will generate valuable knowledge that will contribute to improved infrastructure resiliency and support practitioners through the sharing of best practices and methodologies. Public Safety Canada Dalhousie University, Defence Research and Development Canada’s Centre for Security Science (DRDC CSS), Solana Networks Ongoing
CSSP-2014-CP-2009 Investigating Forensics Technologies for SCADA Networks SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) systems, which control and monitor industrial and infrastructure processes, have the critical requirement of being continuously operational. Therefore, in the event of an attack, a forensic investigator cannot turn off a SCADA system for data acquisition and analysis. This project will identify gaps in forensics technologies for SCADA, and develop SCADA signatures and anomaly-based detection for Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS) to monitor, detect, and mitigate attacks in SCADA environments. This has the potential to directly impact the security, intelligence and law enforcement communities by providing them with specialized forensics tools to effectively investigate attacks into SCADA networks. Public Safety Canada Canadian Cyber Incident Response Centre (CIRC), Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), Polytechnique Montréal, Solana Networks Ongoing
CSSP-2014-CP-2010 Developing Tools to Protect Smart Grid Technology Against Cyber Security Threats The development of smart grids is transforming energy system planning across North America. While this new technology presents exciting opportunities (e.g., allowing power to be distributed more efficiently and reliably), there are also challenges such as potential vulnerabilities for cyber attacks in power plants, substations, and transmission and distribution networks. This project will investigate the security architecture of two Canadian utility companies and their possible shortcomings as related to smart grid security threats. The team will make recommendations on feasible approaches required to prevent malicious intrusions and mitigate the spread of potential threats, work to develop forensic frameworks to help with investigative tasks once cybercrimes are perpetrated, and establish a Canadian Smart Grid Cyber Incident Database. British Columbia Ministry of Energy and Mines-Lead, Quebec Government, British Columbia Institute of Technology, Institut de recherche d'Hydro-Québec BC Hydro, Canadian Cyber Incident Response Centre, Hydro-Quebec, Public Safety Canada Ongoing

 

Community safety and resilience (including first responders, emergency management, and community resilience)
Project NumberTitleDescriptionLead OrganizationPartnersStatus
CSSP-2013-CP-1016 Preparing for New 9-1-1 and Emergency Dispatch Incident Management Technologies Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG 9-1-1) technologies could include text, video, and images that could have a major impact on current call taking and dispatch models, as well as resources needed to manage the additional information. This study developed ten NG 9-1-1 case studies based on Canadian and global organizations; examined the regulatory, legal, and other challenges associated with NG 9-1-1; and identified operational best practices. The study provides responders and public safety and security organizations with a better understanding of the benefits and challenges associated with NG 9-1-1 technologies and information, priority areas for NG 9-1-1 adoption, and areas where future research is needed. London Police Services Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP), Canadian Interoperability Technology Interest Group (CITIG), Chris Kellett Assoc. Ltd, IDC Canada Completed
CSSP-2013-CP-1018 Enhanced Situational Awareness among INTERSECT Partners in the National Capital Region Operation INTERSECT (Integrated Response Framework for the National Capital Region) was established in 2006 to promote enhanced information sharing among first responders and emergency management agencies in the National Capital Region (NCR). The INTERSECT Situational Awareness Network (I-SAN) project aims to further enhance interoperability and all-hazard situational awareness in the NCR by establishing a common display of all relevant information shared by INTERSECT partners. The resulting information portal will provide participating agencies with timely and accurate information about threats, hazards, and events in the NCR to support independent and joint decision-making. Ottawa Police Service City of Ottawa, Gatineau Police Service, Public Safety Canada – Government Operations Centre (PS-GOC), Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), Ville de Gatineau Completed
CSSP-2013-CP-1021 Field-Testing Emerging Broadband Networks and Other Mobile Communication Tools for Emergency Response During major emergencies and disasters, responders must be able to communicate and access critical information as quickly as possible at the scene of the incident. This project investigates how emerging next-generation mobile communications tools and infrastructure can be used to support disaster response situations, particularly where conventional communication infrastructure is damaged or non-existent. With demonstrations planned in the rugged interior of British Columbia (B.C.) and in the sub-Arctic and mountainous Yukon, the field-deployable communication facility will test different technologies related to emerging public safety broadband networks (PSBNs) and contribute to the development of new protocols and strategies to overcome connectivity and interoperability problems. Communications Research Centre – Industry Canada (CRC-IC) Emergency Management B.C., First Nations Emergency Services Society, Northern Health Authority, Simon Fraser University, Thompson Nicola Regional District, Thompson Rivers University, Yukon Territory Emergency Management Office Completed
CSSP-2013-CP-2018 Collaborative Research to Counter Extremist Violence This project aims to develop a better understanding of the phenomenon of radicalization to extreme violence based on high priority areas identified in Canada's National Counter-Terrorism Strategy. The research is divided into three sub-projects. One sub-project will inform approaches for intervention programming, effective counter messaging, and enhanced outreach. Another will help the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) streamline existing investigative approaches and raise awareness within communities, civil society, and educators. The third will develop evidence-based knowledge to support operational decision making on emerging threats. This initiative will foster a culture of collaboration between academic researchers and government officials and improve information-sharing. Public Safety Canada and University of British Columbia (partnership) Carleton University, Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), Simon Fraser University, University of Waterloo Completed
CSSP-2014-CP-2005 Improving Aviation Management Interoperability for Emergency Response and Recovery Improved interoperability and situational awareness are essential for effective emergency preparedness and response. British Columbia emergency management agencies are working together to develop policy, guidance, and operational protocols to address critical aviation needs for managing emergencies. The project team, with assistance from the Department of National Defence (DND) Joint Task Force Pacific, will develop a Provincial Air Operations plan, including necessary policies and standard operating procedures. It will also develop technologies to support interoperability between stakeholders and hold exercises that simulate natural disasters to ensure that operational and technical readiness is maintained. While the project directly addresses aviation management, it could also form the basis for larger emergency supply chain management initiatives in the future. Emergency Management British Columbia (EMBC) British Columbia Ambulance Service (BCAS), British Columbia Wildfire Management Branch (BC WMB), Department of Defence (DND) Joint Task Force Pacific, Selkirk Systems Inc. Ongoing
CSSP-2014-CP-2006 Exploring the Development of a Wireless Public Alerting Service (WPAS) This project will promote resilient communities through the development of a wireless public alerting service (WPAS) that delivers geo-targeted messages to mobile phones. This addition to the existing National Public Alerting System (NPAS) aims to decrease loss of life and property damage, and contribute to a more effective resolution of life-threatening incidents. This project will design, build, and test an effective public alerting and situational awareness service that can be subsequently scaled to create a national WPAS. Industry Canada Bell Canada, Mobility & Wireless Solutions, Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management – Ontario, Ontario Power Generation (OPG), Pelmorex Media Inc., Public Safety Canada Ongoing
CSSP-2014-CP-2007 An Emergency Coastal Flooding Mapping Application to Determine Areas at Risk This project will develop a web-based mapping application that will allow the emergency management community to visualize the extent of coastal flooding from a storm surge or tsunami warning event. This will enable emergency management officials to input the surge level and expected date of the event in their area resulting in a prediction of the event’s impact on vital assets such as the road network, emergency resources, and health facilities. The application will be a valuable tool to assist emergency management officials in decision making and emergency planning when storm surge or tsunami warnings are released. Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources Nova Scotia Community College, Nova Scotia Environment–Climate Change Directorate, Nova Scotia Emergency Management Office, Prince Edward Island Department of Environment Ongoing
CSSP-2014-CP-2014 Updating the Firefighting Training Curriculum with Science-based Evidence Embedding scientific knowledge of fire dynamics into everyday firefighting operations will empower Canada’s fire service community and contribute to the safety and success of its members. This project involves hosting several symposiums of Canadian and international subject-matter experts (SMEs) to develop a collaborative, evidence-based fire dynamics curriculum. It will also result in safe, realistic, live-fire training tools. The new curriculum and tools will subsequently be made available to Canadian fire services and symposium participants. City of Ottawa – Ottawa Fire Services Calgary Fire Department, Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency Services, Service de sécurité incendie de Montréal Ongoing
CSSP-2014-CP-2015 Testing the Direct Transmission of Digital Building Information to First Responders First responders benefit from having as much situational awareness as possible before arriving on the scene. Building Tactical Information Systems (BTIS) make it possible to send digital information about a building directly to first responders via smart devices. This project aims to conduct a technology demonstration of BTIS. To do so, two mockup emergency exercises will be conducted during which BTIS technology will be used to deliver information to smart devices held by responding officers. The results of these exercises will provide information to assess the operational requirements for BTIS. This project is also testing the collection, categorization, and digitization of critical infrastructure, which will then be transmitted to first responders from a 9-1-1 software solution. Prince Albert Police Service (Saskatchewan) Advance Property eXposure Canada Inc., Canadian Interoperability Technology Interest Group (CITIG), University of Ottawa, Completed
CSSP-2014-CP-2017 Understanding the Value of Community Paramedicine Programs As health-care pressures have increased with an aging population, it has become important to consider various delivery methods, such as community paramedicine health programs that promote stronger community development by connecting healthcare practitioners and stakeholders in the community. This study will evaluate the economic impact of community paramedics in both urban and rural settings on a targeted population, and examine global health care costs. Health-care practitioners and multiple stakeholders will be engaged, allowing for future studies, policy, and partnerships. Hastings-Quinte Paramedic Service Quinte Healthcare Corporation, Renfrew County Paramedic Service Completed

 

Threats and hazards mitigation (including chemical, biological, radiological-nuclear and explosives, forensics, and natural hazards)
Project NumberTitleDescriptionLead OrganizationPartnersStatus
CSSP-2013-CP-1001 Rapid City Planner: An explosion Assessment Tool for Canadian Cities Explosive threats in densely populated areas may affect not only the area in which they are located but also those surrounding it. This project developed a rapid, portable, explosive assessment tool that helps determine the potential impact of a blast. The urban blast assessment tool connects real-world explosive threats with structural damage models and human casualty estimates. The tool could also be used for other chemical, biological and radiological-nuclear (CBRN) threats, technical failures, and natural disasters. Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) Martec Limited, Public Safety Canada, Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), University of Waterloo Completed
CSSP-2013-CP-1009 Early Triage for Radiological and Nuclear Events In the event of a large-scale radiological incident, Canadian responders and receivers need to quickly screen and prioritize casualties. The project aimed to assess the efficiency of current radiation monitoring devices for measuring internal contamination, and develop and demonstrate suitable monitoring protocols. The project will enhance methods of mass screening, making use of existing equipment that would be present on-scene or at the hospital, thus allowing receivers and responders to make immediate decisions and reducing the long wait time associated with more specialized facilities. Department of National Defence, Director Nuclear Safety (DND D N Safe) Health Canada, International Safety Research Inc. (ISR) Completed
CSSP-2013-CP-1010 Expanding the Training of Medical Professionals to Improve Radiological-Nuclear Medical Emergency Preparedness And Response Canada’s medical community needs up-to-date, specialized training to prepare for and respond to an RN emergency. This project formalized a radiological-nuclear medical emergency preparedness and response course by having it accredited. The project also created multi-level training options, developed an e learning module, and identified options for an online platform for resources. Training components will be useful nation-wide, providing training materials and tools that can be integrated into provincial programs. The course will also be eligible for Continuing Medical Education credits. Health Canada Breton Niddery Consulting, CancerCare Manitoba, Department of National Defence, Director Nuclear Safety (DND D N Safe), New Brunswick (NB) Department of Health, New Brunswick Horizon Health Network, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), Winnipeg Regional Health Authority,

Completed
CSSP-2013-CP-1011 Using Gravity to Detect Special Nuclear Material in Cargo Developing faster, more reliable methods to detect special nuclear material (SNM) at national port facilities is a priority for Canada’s border services. This project investigated the use of gravity gradiometry (GG) – the measurement of variations in acceleration due to gravity – to screen cargo for SNM. This was accomplished by comparing theoretical calculations with experimental results. The research included a preliminary costing and feasibility analysis for the development and production of a GG system that could be used in the field, and a comparison of GG to other emerging SNM detection techniques. Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL), Gedex, PCAire Completed
CSSP-2013-CP-1013 Modeling the Dispersion of Toxic Agents in the Atmosphere It is important to understand how toxic agents affect large urban settings. This project will enable Environment Canada’s Environmental Emergency Response Section to better predict how such toxic agents will disperse in the atmosphere and be deposited on surfaces in urban settings. To do so, this project will integrate urban modeling capabilities into a new operational Atmospheric Dispersion Suite (ADS) at Environment Canada. These improvements to the ADS will allow it to take in meteorological data that provides useful information about urban settings and will be thoroughly validated for operational use within Environment Canada’s Canadian Meteorological Centre. Environment Canada Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC), Environment Canada (EC), Waterloo CFD Engineering Inc. Completed
CSSP-2013-CP-1017 Manufacturing Ebola Virus Antibodies Used for Post-exposure Treatment This project advanced a previously developed, effective Ebola virus treatment to the point where it could be manufactured. This required the production of new humanized monoclonal antibodies for the Zaire Ebola virus (ZMAbs), the acquisition of additional pre-clinical data for regulatory agencies (Health Canada and U.S. Food and Drug Administration), and the development of effective post-exposure treatment protocols. Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC), Defyrus Inc., Department of National Defence – Canadian Forces Health Services (DND–CFHS), National Research Council – Biotechnology Research Institute (NRC–BRI) Completed
CSSP-2013-CP-1019 Forecasting Smoke from Wildland Fires To protect the public from exposure to adverse smoke effects, this project will create forecasting products and tools to predict and assess the risk of smoke from wildland fires. These tools will include BlueSky for Canada, a web-based forecast product for the public; BlueSky Playground for Canada, an interactive smoke forecast tool for prescribed fires; the Canadian Forest Fire Emissions Predictions System (CFFEPS); as well as presentations, webinars, national forums, and workshops. The products and tools resulting from this project will help health agencies make informed evacuation decisions and reduce the risks due to smoke exposure. Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) British Columbia Ministry of Environment, Environment Canada, Parks Canada, University of British Columbia Completed
CSSP-2013-CP-1022 Integrating the intelligence and response capabilities of the Centre for Emerging and Zoonotic Disease More timely and accurate intelligence is required to deal more effectively with emerging and zoonotic diseases—diseases that can be passed from animals to humans. This project will develop a virtual intelligence centre that integrates automated information collection and analysis as well as analysis conducted by people. This project will also develop a virtual integrated expert response network and will pilot the development of intelligence and information products tailored to the needs of decision-makers. The knowledge obtained through this project will also contribute to the development of safety and security policies and operations. It will also help establish resilient infrastructure through the generation of intelligence on emerging and zoonotic disease. Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), Alberta, British Columbia, Canadian Animal Health Coalition (CAHC), Canadian Cooperative Wildlife Health Centre (CCWHC), Canadian Regulatory Veterinary Epidemiology Network (CRVE-net), Manitoba, Mexico, Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), Quebec, TDV Global, United States, Completed
CSSP-2013-CP-1024 A National Enterprise Risk Management System for the Public Sector This project aims to develop a centralized risk repository, known as the Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) system, which will integrate all-hazard risk information. The ERM system would allow jurisdictions to document and report disaster and security risks, and to share risk-related intelligence and mitigation strategies. Through this interchange of information, the ERM system would strengthen the ability of jurisdictions across Canada’s provinces and territories to anticipate, mitigate, and respond to disasters and emergencies. Yukon Government British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nunavut, Northwest Territories, Saskatchewan Completed
CSSP-2013-CP-1029 Portable, Rapidly Deployable, Low-Cost Radiological Mitigation Technology This project aims to optimize and demonstrate a rapidly deployable, low-cost, commercially available substance that can be used to mitigate the impact of contaminants on critical infrastructure following incidents involving radiological-nuclear materials. The technology, which will be non-destructive and environmentally friendly, would be deployed by emergency responders shortly after the incident to reduce the level of radioactivity and to help them perform their duties in a safer environment. The substance used in this study is based on the ’universal decontamination foam’ developed in an earlier project funded by the Chemical, Biological, Radiological-Nuclear and Explosives Research and Technology Initiative (CRTI 06-0169TA). Environment Canada (EC) Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL), Ottawa Fire Service, Royal Military College, United States National Homeland Security Research Center Ongoing
CSSP-2014-CP-2003 Developing a National Standard for Personal Protective Equipment Used When Investigating and Dismantling Clandestine Drug Labs This project will lead to the development of a new National Standard of Canada to guide the selection of personal protective equipment (PPE) involved in the investigation and dismantling of clandestine drug laboratories. This will enhance the personal safety of first responders by ensuring that when they are involved in such operations, they are equipped with an appropriate level of PPE that combines functionality and protection. Public Works and Government Services Canada – Canadian General Standards Board (PWGSC–CGSB) CSA Group, Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), Royal Military College (RMC) Ongoing
CSSP-2014-CP-2011 Blast-Resistant Window Technology In the event of an explosion in an urban area, the most vulnerable building components are usually the windows. While efforts have been made to improve window performance through glazing, little effort has been made to assess and design window anchors for blast resistance. The objective of this project is to develop blast-resistant window retention anchor systems to mitigate the effects of blast loads on critical infrastructure, including government buildings, border and port facilities, and transportation facilities and terminals. The project will also develop a new national standard by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) for blast-resistant window anchor design as well as materials to train end-users on the new design, procedure/software, and standard. Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) ACE Windows, AMBICO Ltd., Baker Engineering and Risk Consultants Inc., Carleton University, CSA, Department of Foreign Affairs, Blast Consulting, Explosives Research Laboratory (NRCan–CERL), Natural Resources Canada–Canadian University of Ottawa, Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), Trade and Development (DFATD) Completed
CSSP-2013-CP-2012 All Hazards Training for Home Made Explosives First responders can face many threats when responding to emergencies, including the possible presence or detonation of homemade explosives (HME) on the scene. This project will design, develop, and deliver four courses to Canadian first responders on safe procedures for responding to emergencies that involve HME. The course materials will include four important areas: hazardous entry to deal with booby-traps; safe sampling, identification, and extraction of HME materials from a site; the disposal of large quantities of HME and fireworks; and the post-blast examination of a serious HME incident. Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Centre for Forensic Science, Department of National Defence (DND), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Hardpoint and Global Tactical Solution, Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Public Safety Canada (PS), United States (U.S.), U.S. Bureau of Alcohol and Tobacco Ongoing
CSSP-2014-CP-2020 Medical Countermeasures for Radioactive Materials When radioactive materials are released during a nuclear accident, they can have serious impacts on health, especially if radioactive particles are inhaled into the lungs and respiratory tract. This project aims to identify successful treatments for removing inhaled radioactive particles, as well as the indications, dosages, and modes of delivery for any identified countermeasures. The project will also provide evidence as to the effectiveness of certain products for treating individuals exposed to radioactive materials through inhalation. Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) Canadian Forces Health Services Group, Health Canada, University of Manitoba Completed
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