PM appoints cybersecurity expert to lead vaccine certification

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On Friday, the federal government took another step toward certifying vaccines for Canadians wishing to travel outside the country when restrictions ease. In addition to a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test – the PCR test is considered the ‘gold standard’ for detecting active COVID-19 infections – before departure, many countries also require proof of vaccination to enter.

The Prime Minister announced on Friday that Scott Jones, currently Deputy Chief of the Canadian Center for Cyber ​​Security at Communications Security Establishment Canada (CST), will be the federal officer in charge of proof of vaccination credentials at Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada ( IRCC). Jones will assume this newly created position on August 16.

Jones has held several positions with the CSE since 1999, including Managing Director Cyber ​​Defense and Deputy Chief Information Security Officer. He also worked at the National Security Agency in the Washington, DC area, with colleagues from Five Eyes, the intelligence-sharing network comprised of Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand.

The IRCC is responsible for the federal government to produce these travel documents. Ottawa has been working for several months with the provinces, territories, the International Civil Aviation Organization and the International Air Transport Association to design a travel document that would meet international standards for Canadians going abroad, according to a spokesperson for the federal government.

The prime minister told a press conference Thursday in Quebec that his government was considering making vaccines mandatory for federal employees.

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Quebec announced on Friday that it was moving forward with a vaccination passport for its residents.

Last month, Trudeau told reporters in Charlottetown that the federal government would be responsible for the documentation required for Canadians to visit other countries, while the provinces and territories would be responsible for any internal documentation they wished to put in. work in their jurisdiction.

“The federal government will be participating in the international certification level, so we have a role to play in ensuring that the credentials of Canadians can be accepted around the world, but there are many active conversations with the provinces on the form. exact that it will take, ”he said.

The government has yet to provide a deadline for Canadians who can expect a vaccination document for international travel.

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