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: 2012 to 2014
- Produce quality financial intelligence products that are aligned with our partners' priorities and identify trends related to money laundering and terrorist financing.
- Deliver an effective national risk-based compliance program.
- Pursue policy and legislative opportunities to strengthen the anti-money laundering and anti-terrorist financing (AML/ATF) Regime.
- Be innovative and collaborative in our approach to operationalizing processes to maximize efficiency and effectiveness.
- Promote excellence in our workforce and strengthen our financial, people and security management frameworks.
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.