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.
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.
Strategic Priorities: 2013 to 2014
- Provide valued financial intelligence to law enforcement and national security partners.
- Maximize the delivery of an effective and robust national compliance program based on risk considerations for the production of financial intelligence that enhances the quality and quantity of reported data available to FINTRAC and the enforcement of compliance regimes.
- Pursue policy and legislative opportunities to strengthen the anti-money laundering and anti-terrorist financing regime.
- Leverage advancements in information technology as FINTRAC seeks to transform its data business processes.
- Strengthen the leadership capacity throughout the Centre by enhancing its ability to recruit, develop and retain talent that aligns with its objectives and deepens its expertise.
- 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.