When the Government first introduced Bill C-157 in May, 1983, the broad mandate for the proposed new civilian intelligence service caused considerable public opposition. As a result, the Government referred the bill to a Senate Committee which recommended major changes.
In January 1984, the Government introduced Bill C-9 which included virtually all of the changes recommended by the Senate Committee. This revised bill was passed by the House of Commons and the Senate in June 1984, and on July 16, 1984, an Act to establish the Canadian Security Intelligence Service was proclaimed.
The link to the CSIS Act is maintained by the Department of Justice. This material is offered as a convenient reference only.