A Facility Security Clearance allows an organization to clear their personnel at a classified level. As a subcontractor, a facility clearance is needed for any employees who are working on a government contract.
HOW DO YOU GET A FACILITY SECURITY CLEARANCE?
In order to get a Facility Security Clearance, you must be sponsored by the Government of Canada for work on one of their contracts. A private sector organization who is a prime contractor to the Government of Canada may sponsor subcontractors for security clearances. Once a sponsorship is complete, a private sector organization security form must be submitted.
HOW DOES THE SCREENING PROCESS WORK?
Once you have been accepted into the program, an application for registration must be completed. The information required includes: information about your organization’s structure, ownership and legal status, and names of senior key officials. You must appoint a company security officer and an alternate company security officer. To finalize the process, you must complete a legal agreement between your organization and the Federal Government.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET A FACILITY SECURITY CLEARANCE?
If you are getting a Designated Organization Screening where you can clear personnel to the Enhanced/Reliability level, it can take up to 6 months. For a Facility Security Clearance at the Secret Level and above, it can take 6 months or more to complete the whole process.
HOW LONG DOES THE FACILITY SECURITY CLEARANCE REMAIN VALID?
The clearance will be valid as long as it is required and renewed. You must keep all of your information up-to-date and in good standing with the Federal Government.