The Science and Engineering Directorate is the CBSA’s authority for border science and engineering, as well as the home of the Agency’s Chief Scientific Officer.
This unit, formerly called the Laboratory and Scientific Services Directorate, is responsible for ensuring that the CBSA best leverages available science and relevant technology by:
The Directorate is a pivotal group within the CBSA because the evidence it provides supports business decisions within the Agency. This evidence is determined either through the unit’s analytical work or the services and tools it provides.
The range of services provided by the Directorate is specialized, multi-faceted and diverse, and include:
The CBSA established the National Risk Assessment Centre (NRAC) to increase Canada's ability to detect and interdict the movement of high-risk people and goods. This is accomplished by analyzing and sharing intelligence information with national and international partners. The NRAC is a focal point among intelligence agencies at the international, national and local levels. The NRAC facilitates the timely exchange of intelligence information to ensure the safe and secure flow of legitimate trade and travel.