Who we are
The Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FINTRAC), Canada's financial intelligence unit, was created in 2000. It is an independent agency, reporting to the Minister of Finance, who is accountable to Parliament for the activities of the Centre. It was established and operates within the ambit of the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act (PCMLTFA) and its Regulations.
FINTRAC is a member of the Egmont Group of Financial Intelligence Units (FIUs) whose purpose is to enhance cooperation and information exchange in support of member countries' anti-money laundering and terrorist financing regimes. The Egmont Group has released a short animated video to advance awareness and understanding of money laundering and terrorist activity financing.
Our mandate is to facilitate the detection, prevention and deterrence of money laundering and the financing of terrorist activities, while ensuring the protection of personal information under our control. We fulfill our mandate through the following activities:
- Receiving financial transaction reports and voluntary information on money laundering and terrorist financing in accordance with the legislation and regulations and safeguarding personal information under our control;
- Ensuring compliance of reporting entities with the legislation and regulations;
- Producing financial intelligence relevant to money laundering, terrorist activity financing and threats to the security of Canada investigations;
- Researching and analyzing data from a variety of information sources that shed light on trends and patterns in money laundering and terrorist financing;
- Maintaining a registry of money services businesses in Canada;
- Enhancing public awareness and understanding of money laundering and terrorist activity financing.
Organizational priorities 2015-2016
- Implementation of the multi-year plan for the modernization of FINTRAC's analytics system.
- Implementation of the legislative changes announced in Economic Action Plan 2014 Act No. 1 to strengthen Canada's AML/ATF regime.
- Preparation for the Financial Action Task Force's (FATF) evaluation of Canada's AML/ATF regime.
- Engage with key partners on a future-oriented research agenda to increase the understanding and awareness of money laundering and terrorist financing issues, and to maximize the value of financial intelligence.
- Strengthen leadership capacity across the Centre to support key modernization and people management initiatives.
- Continue to strengthen the Centre's approach to its security posture to ensure a high level of assurance that information, assets, and services are protected against compromise.
To contribute to the public safety of Canadians and help protect the integrity of Canada's financial system through the detection and deterrence of money laundering and terrorist financing.
To be recognized as a world-class financial intelligence unit in the global fight against money laundering and terrorist financing.
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