The Centre is made up of elements of existing government agencies including Public Safety Canada, Shared Services Canada and the Communications Security Establishment.
As the first of its type in Canada, the Centre will enable faster, better coordinated and more focused responses to cyber threats. It will also provide a quicker, more effective flow of information between the Canadian Government, private sector partners and international partners, including Australia.
Bringing together government, industry, academia and civil society, the Centre plays a similar role to that of the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC).
'The opening of the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security is another example of the commitment of governments around the world to work collectively to strengthen capabilities against the increasing threat of cybercrime.' said Alastair MacGibbon, Head of the Australian Cyber Security Centre.
'Cybercrime is a social problem and the impacts are being felt far and wide. Mums and Dads, business owners and governments need our help to understand these threats and be able to protect themselves. Centres like this around the world are helping to improve cyber security and lower the cyber risk.'
'Congratulations to our Canadian partners on the launch of their new Centre and we look forward to continuing our strong partnership with them.' Mr MacGibbon said.
The Canadian Centre will be fully operational with approximately 750 staff by 2020.