Treasury Board Secretariat – Standard on Security Screening
Please visit the Government of Canada website for more information.
There are three levels of security screening: Reliability Status, Secret Clearance, and Top Secret Clearance. Whenever the terms “status” or “clearance” are used, they encompass both standard and enhanced screening, unless otherwise specified.
The following table describes the standard and enhanced security screening activities
*Note: Some employers have their own security clearance processes, outside of the CSIS Security Assessments (IE. RCMP, CBSA, DND)
*Note: Fingerprinting is now a part of the process for new clearances (additional expense)
|Reliability Status||Secret Clearance||Top Secret Clearance|
|5 year background information||10 year background information||10 year background information + foreign travel, foreign assets, character references, education, military service|