Info Source - Sources of Federal Government and Employee Information
- Introduction to Info Source
- Institutional Functions, Programs and Activities
- Classes of Personal Information
- Additional Information
- Reading Room
- Appendix A – PPSC-specific Classes of Records
- Appendix B – PPSC-specific Personal Information Banks
Introduction to Info Source
Info Source: Sources of Federal Government and Employee Information provides information about the functions, programs, activities and related information holdings of government institutions subject to the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act. It provides individuals and employees of the government (current and former) with relevant information to access personal information about themselves held by government institutions subject to the Privacy Act and to exercise their rights under the Privacy Act.
The Introduction and an index of institutions subject to the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act are available centrally.
The Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act assign overall responsibility to the President of Treasury Board (as the designated Minister) for the government-wide administration of the legislation.
The Public Prosecution Service of Canada (PPSC) is an independent prosecution service mandated to prosecute offences under federal jurisdiction.
If you would like more information on the background of the PPSC, including the organization’s history, its legislative foundation and how the PPSC reports to Parliament through the Attorney General of Canada, please see About Us.
The principal objective of the PPSC is to serve the public by diligently prosecuting criminal and regulatory offences under federal law in a manner that is independent, impartial, and fair.
The mandate of the PPSC is set out in the Director of Public Prosecutions Act. The Act calls on the PPSC to provide high-quality prosecutorial advice to law enforcement agencies and to prosecute matters on behalf of the Crown that are within the jurisdiction of the Attorney General of Canada. For additional information, please see Mandate.
The PPSC is responsible for carrying out key duties on behalf of the Attorney General of Canada in an objective and non-partisan manner as follows:
- to act independently in making decisions related to criminal prosecutions; and
- to act independently in providing prosecution-related legal advice.
The Director of Public Prosecution Act provides the Director of Public Prosecutions with the authority to:
- initiate and conduct federal prosecutions;
- intervene in proceedings that raise a question of public interest that may affect the conduct of prosecutions or related investigations;
- issue guidelines to federal prosecutors;
- advise law enforcement agencies or investigative bodies on general matters relating to prosecutions and on particular investigations that may lead to prosecutions;
- communicate with the media and the public on all matters respecting the initiation and conduct of prosecutions;
- exercise the authority of the Attorney General of Canada in respect of private prosecutions;
- exercise any other power or carry out any other duty or function assigned by the Attorney General of Canada that is compatible with the Office of the Director;
- initiate and conduct prosecutions under the Canada Elections Act; and
- act when requested by the Attorney General of Canada in matters under the Extradition Act and the Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Act.
The PPSC prosecutes cases under federal statutes that are referred to it by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), other federal investigative agencies, as well as provincial and municipal police forces.
In total, over 250 federal statutes contain offences that fall under the PPSC’s jurisdiction to prosecute. The PPSC regularly provides prosecution services under approximately 40 of those statutes.
The PPSC is not an investigative agency. Where required, the PPSC provides prosecution-related advice to investigators for all types of prosecutions and, in particular, for drug, terrorism, criminal organization, proceeds of crime, money laundering, market fraud, and mega cases.
Institutional Functions, Programs and Activities
As an organization, the PPSC engages in the following two program activities to achieve its mandate of providing prosecution services: Drug, Criminal Code, and Terrorism Prosecution Program and Regulatory Offences and Economic Crime Prosecution Program. A third program activity, Internal Services, is responsible for corporate accountabilities and program support.
With the implementation of the Fair Elections Act, the Commissioner of Canada Elections was transferred to the PPSC. This resulted in the addition of the following two program activities: Commissioner of Canada Elections – Compliance, and Commissioner of Canada Elections – Enforcement.
Drug, Criminal Code, and Terrorism Prosecution Program
This program activity supports the protection of Canadian society against crime through the provision of legal advice and litigation support during police investigations, and the prosecution of:
- all drug offences under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act and any related organized crime offences throughout Canada, except in Quebec and New Brunswick, where the PPSC prosecutes such offences only where charges are laid by the RCMP;
- proceeds of crime offences;
- pursuant to understandings with the provinces, Criminal Code offences where they are related to drug charges;
- all Criminal Code offences in Canada’s three territories;
- terrorism offences; and
- war crimes and crimes against humanity offences.
The program activity also involves the promotion of federal, provincial and territorial cooperation on criminal justice issues of mutual concern. Through its participation in the Federal-Provincial-Territorial (FPT) Heads of Prosecution Committee, the PPSC supports and promotes effective horizontal linkages between various stakeholders involved in the administration of criminal justice in Canada.
In addition, the PPSC employs Crown Witness Coordinators (CWC) in the three Territories. CWCs provide support to witnesses during their involvement with the criminal justice system by helping them better understand the court process.
- Drug Prosecutions
- Organized Crime
- Proceeds of Crime and Offence-Related Property
- Prosecutions in Canada’s North
- War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity
Regulatory Offences and Economic Crime Prosecution Program
This program activity supports the protection of Canadian society against crime through the provision of legal advice and litigation support to federal investigative agencies, and the prosecution of:
- offences under federal statutes aimed at protecting the environment and natural resources as well as the country’s economic and social health (e.g., Fisheries Act, Income Tax Act, Copyright Act, Canada Elections Act, Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999; Competition Act, Customs Act, Excise Act, and Excise Tax Act);
- offences involving fraud against the government;
- capital market fraud offences; and
- any organized crime offences related to the foregoing offences.
This program also includes the recovery of outstanding federal fines and the promotion of federal, provincial and territorial cooperation on criminal justice issues of mutual concern.
As part of its work to fight economic crime, the PPSC prosecutes offences under all statutes administered by the Canada Revenue Agency. It also co-chairs the Securities Fraud and Economic Crime Prosecutors Affiliation, a subcommittee of the FPT Heads of Prosecutions Committee. This subcommittee works to improve the coordination of enforcement through the development of best practices and the implementation of a system for sharing prosecutorial expertise and education between jurisdictions for the investigation and prosecution of large economic crime cases.
As part of this program activity, the PPSC's Agent Affairs Program was established to enhance the quality of legal services provided by agents and to ensure cost-effective service delivery. The Agent Affairs Program comprises the Agent Affairs Unit, a centralized support unit at PPSC headquarters, and Agent Supervision Units located in each of the PPSC’s regional offices. Agent Supervision Units are responsible for the day-to-day management of agents.
- Agent Affairs Program
- Competition Law
- Economic Crime Prosecutions
- Federal-Provincial-Territorial (FPT) Heads of Prosecutions Committee
- Fine Recovery
- Regulatory Prosecutions
- School for Prosecutors
Commissioner of Canada Elections – Compliance
This program activity supports the integrity of Canada’s electoral process by enabling the Commissioner of Canada Elections to ensure compliance with the Canada Elections Act and the Referendum Act. This includes the use of non-punitive and informal corrective measures in response to certain situations of non-compliance and the conclusion of compliance agreements with offenders.
Commissioner of Canada Elections – Enforcement
The program activity supports the integrity of Canada’s electoral process by enabling the Commissioner of Canada Elections to act in an independent manner in conducting investigations under the Canada Elections Act and the Referendum Act, and taking enforcement measures to respond to situations of non-compliance. This also includes deciding which matters will be referred to the Director of Public Prosecutions for possible prosecution and what charges will be recommended.
Internal Services are groups of related activities and resources that are administered to support the needs of programs and other corporate obligations of an organization. These groups are: Management and Oversight Services; Communications Services; Legal Services; Human Resources Management Services; Financial Management Services; Information Management Services; Information Technology Services; Real Property Services; Materiel Services; Acquisition Services; and Travel and Other Administrative Services. Internal Services include only those activities and resources that apply across an organization and not to those provided specifically to a program.
Acquisition Services involve activities undertaken to acquire a good or service to fulfil a properly completed request (including a complete and accurate definition of requirements and certification that funds are available) until entering into or amending a contract.
Communications Services involve activities undertaken to ensure that Government of Canada communications are effectively managed, well coordinated and responsive to the diverse information needs of the public. The communications management function ensures that the public - internal or external - receives government information, and that the views and concerns of the public are taken into account in the planning, management and evaluation of policies, programs, services and initiatives.
Financial Management Services involve activities undertaken to ensure the prudent use of public resources, including planning, budgeting, accounting, reporting, control and oversight, analysis, decision support and advice, and financial systems.
Human Resources Management
Human Resources Management Services involve activities undertaken for determining strategic direction, allocating resources among services and processes, as well as activities relating to analyzing exposure to risk and determining appropriate countermeasures. They ensure that the service operations and programs of the federal government comply with applicable laws, regulations, policies, and/or plans.
- Awards (Pride and Recognition)
- Classification of Positions
- Compensation and Benefits
- Employment Equity and Diversity
- Human Resources Planning
- Labour Relations
- Occupational Health and Safety
- Official Languages
- Performance Management Reviews
- Recruitment and Staffing
- Training and Development
Information Management Services involve activities undertaken to achieve efficient and effective information management to support program and service delivery; foster informed decision making; facilitate accountability, transparency, and collaboration; and preserve and ensure access to information and records for the benefit of present and future generations.
Information Technology Services involve activities undertaken to achieve efficient and effective use of information technology to support government priorities and program delivery, to increase productivity, and to enhance services to the public.
Legal Services involve activities undertaken to enable government departments and agencies to pursue policy, program and service delivery priorities and objectives within a legally sound framework.
Management and Oversight Services
Management and Oversight Services involve activities undertaken for determining strategic direction, and allocating resources among services and processes, as well as those activities related to analyzing exposure to risk and determining appropriate countermeasures. They ensure that the service operations and programs of the federal government comply with applicable laws, regulations, policies, and/or plans.
- Co-operation and Liaison
- Executive Services
- Internal Audit and Evaluation
- Planning and Reporting
Materiel Services involve activities undertaken to ensure that materiel can be managed by departments in a sustainable and financially responsible manner that supports the cost-effective and efficient delivery of government programs.
Real Property Services involve activities undertaken to ensure real property is managed in a sustainable and financially responsible manner, throughout its life cycle, to support the cost-effective and efficient delivery of government programs.
Travel and Other Administrative Services
Travel and Other Administrative Services include Government of Canada (GC) travel services, as well as those other internal services that do not smoothly fit with any of the internal services categories.
- Access to Information and Privacy
- Administrative Services
- Boards, Committees and Councils
- Business Continuity Planning
- Disclosure to Investigative Bodies
- Proactive Disclosure
Classes of Personal Information
Subject Files and Routine Correspondence
Some Public Prosecution Service of Canada (PPSC) programs and activities result in the accumulation of personal information which is not contained in our personal information banks. This form of personal information consists of enquiries concerning particular matters as well as requests for publications and reports. The information is normally retrievable only if specifics are provided concerning the subject matter. Retention of this form of personal information is controlled by the records schedules of the subject files in which the information is stored.
Per the Interim Directive on the Administration of the Access to Information Act, institutions are required to post summaries of completed ATI requests to the Open Government Portal within 30 calendar days after the end of each month. This also extends to posting monthly “nothing to report” summary lines when an ATI request was not completed for the given month.
The Government of Canada encourages the release of information through informal requests. You may wish to consult the PPSC’s completed Access to Information (ATI) Request summaries. To make an informal request or for additional information about the programs and activities of the PPSC, please Contact Us.
If you would like information on how to submit a formal request to receive PPSC records pursuant to the Access to Information Act or to seek access to your own personal information under the Privacy Act, please see Contact Us under the PPSC Access to Information and Privacy (ATIP) section.
In accordance with the Access to Information Act and Privacy Act, an area on the PPSC premises will be made available should you wish to review materials on site. The address is:
160 Elgin Street, 12th Floor
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