The National Cybercrime Coordination Unit (NC3)

Cybercrime investigations are complex and technical in nature. They require specialized investigative skills. As Canada's national police force, we take all cybercrime seriously. Dealing with it requires a coordinated effort.

As set out in the Government of Canada's National Cyber Security Strategy and the RCMP Cybercrime Strategy, we have established the National Cybercrime Coordination Unit (NC3). It includes RCMP officers and civilians from many backgrounds. It works with law enforcement and other partners to help reduce the threat, impact and victimization of cybercrime in Canada.

As a National Police Service, the NC3 serves all Canadian police agencies.

Role of the NC3 Unit

On April 1, 2020, the NC3 reached initial operating capability. Working with Canadian law enforcement agencies, government and private sector partners, the NC3:

  • coordinates cybercrime investigations in Canada
  • works with partners internationally to combat a wide range of cybercrime incidents
  • provides investigative advice and guidance to Canadian police

Future activities include:

  • producing actionable cybercrime intelligence for Canadian police
  • implementing a new cybercrime and fraud reporting system for Canadians and businesses in partnership with the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC)

The NC3 will reach full operating capability in 2023.

Who are our partners?

  • Canadian police:
    • Municipal
    • Provincial and territorial
    • Federal
  • Federal departments and agencies:
    • Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC)
    • Canadian Centre for Cyber Security (CCCS)
    • Department of Justice
    • Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC)
  • International law enforcement:
    • Federal Bureau of Investigation
    • Europol
  • Non-government / Other:
    • National Cyber-Forensics and Training Alliance
    • Financial institutions
    • Educational Institutions
    • Communications service providers
    • Cyber security service providers
    • Other private and public sector partners

Key dates for the NC3 Unit

  • April 1, 2020: Officially reached initial operating capability; working with police partners to coordinate cybercrime investigations and share information
  • Year 2022: Official launch of the new public reporting system for cybercrime and fraud
  • Year 2023: Fully operational
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