Welcome to the website of the Marine Security Operations Centres (MSOC) Project.
The 2004, Securing an Open Society, Canada’s National Security Policy provided government direction for specific federal agencies with a vested interest in Marine Security to establish Marine Security Operations Centres. The Centres will provide Canadians with enhanced marine security and help detect, assess and support a response to any threat to marine security that could affect the safety, security, environment or economy of Canada. Threats could include emerging terrorist activity, trans-national crime, environmental and health threats, and over-fishing in Canadian waters by other countries.
The Centres represent a new and unique level of integration and co-operation between government departments and agencies involved in marine security, and bring together civilian and military interagency staff. Partners include Transport Canada, the Department of National Defence/Canadian Forces, the Canada Border Services Agency, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans/Canadian Coast Guard and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The project itself is led by the Department of National Defence.
A Marine Security Operation Centre, led by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, was also established in the Great Lakes region. The Marine Security Operations Centre-Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway (MSOC GLSLS) was rolled out on July 31, 2005.
The MSOCs are currently operating as "living labs" and are working to develop new technology driven products and services to better protect Canada’s coastline and Canadians.