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Canada-Mexico Cooperation in the Areas of Security and Justice

Current priorities for Canada-Mexico security and justice cooperation are articulated in the Canada-Mexico Joint Action Plan, a framework agreement which allows both countries to identify and work towards mutually beneficial, concrete deliverables and to monitor progress in achieving those objectives. As set out in the Canada-Mexico Joint Action Plan 2014-2016, Canada and Mexico are committed to increasing and deepening security, defence and justice cooperation, emphasizing areas such as exchange of information, institutional strengthening and training. More than 15 bilateral instruments currently govern a wide range of Canada-Mexico security cooperation.

The Anti-Crime Capacity Building Program (ACCBP) has been the main channel for Canadian security system support to Mexico.  The program has contributed over $8.7 million in security capacity-building programming since 2009, mainly in the areas of criminal justice reform, police professionalization, and border security and management.  Several Canadian partner departments have made significant contributions to capacity-building initiatives in Mexico, including the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and its Canadian Police College, Transport Canada`s Aviation Security Division, Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and the Department of Justice Canada.

The programming work above complements a variety of existing bilateral security dialogues and cooperation activities, including annual Canada-Mexico Political-Military Talks (first held in 2006) which bring together civilian and defence experts to share information and experiences on topics like civil-military relations and peace support operations. Government-wide Security Policy Consultations are also held regularly, coordinated through our respective foreign ministries. First convened in 2007, the sixth round of Bilateral Security Consulations took place in December 2014 in Ottawa and the next meetings will be held in Mexico City in January 2016.

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Date Modified:
2016-01-15