SITT Gateway

About SITT


SITT's mandate is to accelerate Canada's economic growth and innovation through the development and use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs).


To achieve excellence in our policies, standards, research, regulation and advocacy on behalf of a competitive ICT industry and a strong ICT infrastructure in Canada.


SITT fulfils its mandate by leveraging its policy and regulatory powers, its R&D and its marketplace and industry development services to:

  • ensure that Canadians have access to a world-class telecommunications infrastructure
  • enhance the international competitiveness of Canadian ICT industries
  • promote the strategic use of ICT by all sectors of the Canadian economy and make Canada a world leader in e-commerce
  • provide leadership in strategic areas of ICT R&D on behalf of federal organizations
  • maximize economic and social benefits from the use of the radio frequency spectrum.


We strive to deliver our mandate, guided by the following values:

  • Leadership: We focus on people, teamwork and results.
  • Commitment to Clients and Quality Service: We focus on our clients' needs. The quality of our service is measured by their satisfaction.
  • Excellence and Integrity: We strive for excellence. We maintain the highest standards of integrity.
  • Innovation and Continuous Improvement: We explore new ideas and diverse perspectives. We broaden our learning to continually improve our services.
  • Commitment to Employees: We value each other and respect the differences in our individual talents and cultural backgrounds. We celebrate accomplishments.
  • Communication and Consultation: We ensure the well-being, creativity and productivity of employees through effective two-way communication.

What we do

A sector of Industry Canada, SITT has more than 1000 employees across Canada, operating under the direction of the Assistant Deputy Minister (SITT), the Deputy Minister and the Minister of Industry. SITT is composed of seven branches and the Communications Research Centre:

  • Communications Research Centre Canada (CRC): Conducts world class research that provides insight into future advanced information and communications technologies to help IC develop telecommunications policies and regulations; supports other government operations such as national defence and public safety; and supports Canada's communication sectors by engaging in industry partnerships and working with other research organizations.
  • Digital Economy Planning and Coordination Branch (DEPC): Industry Canada's lead branch responsible for the coordination, design and implementation of Canada's Digital Economy Strategy (DES).
  • Electronic Commerce Branch (ECOM): Supports a safe and strong online marketplace that promotes business innovation, competition and growth through the development of policies, legislation and regulations and ensures equitable broadband access through the Broadband Canada program.
  • Engineering, Planning and Standards Branch (DGEPS): Ensures the effective and efficient use of radio frequency spectrum and Canada's satellite orbital resources, and the orderly evolution of Canada's telecommunication infrastructure by negotiating treaties, international agreements and arrangements, setting technical standards and regulations; certifying equipment and broadcasting facilities; analysing security of telecommunications networks; and ensuring emergency telecommunications services.
  • Governance, Policy Coordination and Planning (GPP) Branch: Provides the support necessary for SITT to deliver on its key strategies including strategic planning, human resources, financial planning, management accountability, corporate functions and policy coordination; and delivers the Prime Minister's Awards for Teaching Excellence and Excellence in Early Childhood Education.
  • Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) Branch: Provides value-added knowledge, expertise about Canadian ICT industries and advocates on their behalf, and manages programs that support technology development.
  • Office of the Assistant Deputy Minister (ADMO): acts as a central point of coordination and advice within the sector for matters related to scheduling, briefing, correspondence and executive services to the Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM) and Associate Assistant Deputy Minister (AADM).
  • Spectrum Management Operations Branch (DGSO): Promotes an economically efficient use of the radio frequency spectrum by developing and implementing operational regulations, policies, procedures, processes and incentives, and providing the tools, systems and coordination to support the program.