Base Building Security/Annex C

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Annex C to the the Base Building Security Standard

Delineation of Funding Responsibilities

Funding disputes are to be resolved in a manner that ensures that public funds are used effectively and efficiently, understanding that the operations of one federal entity are not to be managed in a manner that puts other federal entities or the Government of Canada as a whole at increased risk.

The following aspects of base building security fall clearly within the scope of PSPC or its sub-organizations:

  • The facility perimeter and grounds, with security controls as described earlier in this document. These security controls are limited to the protection of persons, assets and operations as required by law, and the protection of the facility itself as appropriate to general Government of Canada operations and at the Government-wide threat level.
  • Outbuildings or infrastructure points outside of the building envelope that are not specifically allocated for the delivery of a tenant’s services. For example, a storage building used to contain equipment for the maintenance of grounds would fall under PSPC, whereas a shed that was used to house assets specific to a service delivered by the tenant would be the responsibility of the tenant.
  • The building envelope as designed for general Government of Canada operations and taking into account the baseline threat environment in addition to threats to personnel and structures known to be prevalent in the area. This is intended to pertain particularly to natural threats such as flooding, fires, etc.
  • Security controls put in place in response to risks that are a result of collateral damage due to the location of the facility in proximity to higher threat infrastructure.
  • Public zones, reception areas, and transition points as described in Section 6, Details, of the Base Building Security Standard, and as per the Government of Canada baseline threat environment and routine operations.


The following aspects of security fall clearly within the scope of the tenant:

  • Security controls that are intended not to protect the structure, but to protect tenant’s personnel, assets or operations;
  • Security required is either specific to the tenant, or the tenant is identified as operating at a higher threat level. These may include military, law enforcement, regulatory enforcement, or federal entities that participate in operations or activities involving conflict higher than the Government of Canada general operations.
  • Security controls which extend into base building security systems either physically, electronically or procedurally*, where such controls act as an additional layer of defense with respect to the protection of tenant assets.
  • Security controls associated with the controlled access of stairwells or vertical transportation infrastructure (elevators and escalators) for purposes of limiting access to tenant-controlled spaces, or measures associated with restricting access to tenant-controlled spaces. Continuity of access for the maintenance of base building infrastructure that occupies space within those controlled spaces must be maintained at the tenants' cost.

* Procedurally could include additional guard force personnel.



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Français Annexe C – Définition des responsabilités en matière de financement