Canadian Government Abbreviations, Acronyms, and Initialisms

Entries have been found in government publications, in paper and on the Internet, in general directories, periodicals and newspapers. Letter-by-letter alphabetical arrangement is used, without punctuation and spacing between letters. Where it is known that the period punctuation mark does occur, it has been so noted in square brackets following the main entry (cf. FSA [F.S.A.]). Occasional explanatory notes are given.

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AAFC
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
AAPCI
Atlantic Agri-Products Competitiveness Initiative
ABE
Automated Buyer Environment
(Bilingual client/server that automates the federal government's procurement operations)
ACIS (now BIS)
Automated Customs Information Service
ACOA
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
ACST
Advisory Council on Science and Technology
AEB
Audit and Ethics Branch
AECB
Atomic Energy Control Board
AECL
Atomic Energy of Canada Limited
AEXDP
Accelerated Executive Development Program
(Learning program under CCMD)
AFD
Alternative Forms of Delivery
(PWGSC initiative)
AGMET
Agriculture and Meteorology [Database]
AMES
Aerospace, Marine and Electronics Systems Sector
(Procurement organization within PWGSC)
ATIP
Access to Information (Act) and Privacy (Act)
ATS
Agri-Food Trade Service
AEXDP
BDC
Business Development Bank of Canada
BDP
Business Development Program
BIS (formerly ACIS)
Border Information Service
CA net
Can(ada) net(work)
(National research and education network, operated by CANARIE)
CAFI
Canadian Agriculture and Food International
CAIS
Canadian Agricultural Income Stabilization
CAL
Canadian Agriculture Library
CANARIE
Canadian Network for the Advancement of Research, Industry and Education
CANMET
Canada Centre for Mineral and Energy Technology
(An arm of NRCan)
CANSIM
Canadian Socio-economic Information Management [System]
CanSIS
Canadian Soil Information System
CAP
Career Assignment Program
(Sponsored by CCMD)
CAPS
Canadian Annual Procurement Strategy
CAS
Corporate Administrative Systems
CASAP
Canadian Submarine Aquisition Program
CASE
Counselling Assistance to Small Enterprises
CASS
Canadian Agricultural Skills Service
CBC
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
CBEC
Canadian Book Exchange Centre
CBIP
Commercial Building Incentive Program
CBSA
Canada Border Services Agency
CBSCS
Canada Business Service Centres
CCC
Canadian Commercial Corporation
CCG
Canadian Coast Guard
CCMD
Canadian Centre for Management Development
CCOHS
Canadian Centre for Occupational Safety and Health
CCPP
Cover Crop Protection Program
CCTB
Canada Child Tax Benefit
CDI
Co-operative Development Initiative
CDIC
Canadian Deposit Insurance Corporation
CEAA
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
CEDO
Community Economic Development Opportunity [Program]
CEDP
Community Economic Development Program
CEPA
Canadian Environmental Protection Act
CESARS
Chemical Evaluation Search and Retrieval System
(Database containing environmental and health information on chemicals)
CESD
Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development
CETC
CANMET Energy Technology Centre
CFB
Canadian Forces Base
CFBAS
Canadian Farm Business Advisory Services
CFDC
Community Futures Development Corporation
CFI
Canadian Foundation for Innovation
CFS
Canadian Forest Service
CFSQP
Canadian Food Safety and Quality Program
CFSSU
Canadian Forces Supply System Upgrade
CHAH
Canada Health Accredited Herd [Program]
CHN
Canadian Health Network
CHT
Canada Health Transfer
CIC
Citizenship and Immigration Canada (Dept. of)
CIPEC
Canadian Industry Program for Energy Conservation
CIDA
Canadian International Development Agency
(Pronounced: SEE-dah)
CIDF
Cultural Industries Development Fund
CIHR
Canadian Institutes of Health Research
CIOB
Chief Information Officer Branch
CIPO
Canadian Intellectual Property Office
CITP
Canadian Integrated Traceability Program
CLRB
Canada Labour Relations Board
CMEC
Council of Ministers of Education, Canada
CMHC
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
CMS
Canadian Meteorlogical Service
CN
Canadian National [Railways]
COEF
Canada-Ontario Export Forum
CPP
Canada Pension Plan
CRA
Canada Revenue Agency
CRFID
Canadian Radio Frequency Identification
CRTC
Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission
CSAS
Canadian Stock Assessment Secretariat
CSB
Canada Savings Bond
CSGB
Canadian General Standards Board
CSIS
Canadian Security Intelligence Service
(Pronounced: SEE-siss)
CST
Canada Social Transfer
CTB
Child Tax Benefit
CTEM
Canadian Terrestrial Ecosystem Model
CUPE
Canadian Union of Public Employees
(Pronounced: KEW-pee.)
CUPW
Canadian Union of Postal Workers
(Pronounced: CUP-DUB-uhl-yoo)
DART
Disaster Assistance Relief Team
DBS
Dominion Bureau of Statistics
(now Statistics Canada)
DEW (Line)
Distant Early Warning
(Radar system)
DFAA
Disaster Financial Assistance Arrangements
DFAIT
Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade
DFO
Department of Fisheries and Oceans
(Pronounced: DEE-fete)
DIAND
Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development
DND
Department of National Defence
DOJ
Department of Justice
DRDC
Defence R&D Canada
DSP
Depository Services Program
EDC
Export Development Canada
EFP
Environmental Farm Planning
EI (formerly UI)
Employment Insurance
EMR
Energy, Mines and Resources (Dept. of)
EPF
Established Programs Financing
ERAP
Economic Recovery Assistance Program
ERDA
Economic and Regional Development Agreement
FAP
Fisheries Alternative Program
FCC
Farm Credit Canada
FCS
Farm Consultation Service
FDMS
Farm Debt Mediation Service
FEAI
Federal Environmental Assessment Index
FedNor
(Federal Economic Development Iniative for Northern Ontario )
FHAP
Federal Housing Action Program
FIMCLA
Farm Improvement and Marketing Cooperatives Loans Act
FINTRAC
Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada
FIPA
Farm Income Protection Act
FIRA
Foreign Investment Review Agency.
(Pronounced: FEAR-ah)
FITT
Forum for International Trade Training
FORD-Q
Federal Office of Regional Development - Quebec
FSA
Forward Sortation Area
(first three characters of postal code; see also LDU)
FTAA
Free Trade Area of the Americas
GATS
General Agreement on Trade in Services
GC
Government of Canada
GEDIS
Government Electronic Delivery Infrastructure Service
GEDS
Government Electronic Directory Service
GGs
Governor-General's literary awards
(Pronounced: GEE-geez)
GHGMP
Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Program
(for Canadian Agriculture)
GIC
Governor-in-Council
Guaranteed Investment Certificate
GIS
Geographic Information System
GOL
Government On-Line
GSC
Geological Survey of Canada
GST
Goods and Services Tax
GTIS
Government Technical Information Services


 

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HACCP
Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point
HBP
Home Buyers' Plan
HMCS
Her Majesty's Canadian Ship
HRDC
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
HST
Harmonized Sales Tax
IBIP
Industrial Building Incentive Program
IDRC
International Development Research Centre
IHAC
Information Highway Advisory Council
INC
Industrial Cooperation [Program]
IRAP
Industrial Assistance Research Program
ITN
Individual Tax Number
LAC
Library and Archives Canada
(merger of NAC and NLC)
LCDC
Laboratory Centre for Disease Control
LDU
Local Delivery Unit
(Last three characters of the Canadian postal code; see also, FSA)
LIMS
Land Information Management System
LLP
Lifelong Learning Plan
MCR
Map of Canada Reference (number)
MDP
Management Development Program
MINERS
Minerals Exploration Recording System
MP
Member of Parliament
MRC
Medical Research Council
MSDS
Material Safety Data Sheet
(Database of more than 85,000 sheets from 600+ contributors and maintained by CCOHS)
MTP
Management Trainee Program
(sponsored by CCMD)
NAC (formerly PAC)
National Archives of Canada
(now part of LAC)
National Arts Centre
NAAEC
North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation
NAFTA
North American Free Trade Agreement
NAICS
North American Industry Classification System
NALD
National Adult Literacy Database
NCC
National Capital Commission
NCR
National Capital Region
NDP
New Democratic Party
NETFILE
[Federal government electronic tax-filing system]
NEXPRO
New Exporters [Training and Counselling] Program
NFB
National Film Board [of Canada]
NHA
National Housing Act
NISA
Net Income Stabilization Account
(For protection of farmers)
NLC
National Library of Canada
(now LAC)
NOC
National Occupational Classification
NRC
National Research Council
NRCan
Natural Resources Canada (Dept. of)
NSDB
National Soil Database
NSERC
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council
NSS
National Standards System
OAG
Office of the Auditor General [of Canada]
OAS
Old Age Security
OBS
Open Bidding Service
OEE
Office of Energy Efficiency
OSFI
Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions

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PAC (now NAC)
Public Archives of Canada
(succeeded by National Archives of Canada (NAC); now Library and Archives Canada)
PCO
Privy Council Office
PEMD
Program for Export Market Development
PFRA
Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration
PIF
Procurement Information Form
PLRP
Public Lending Right Program
PM
Prime Minister
PMO
Prime Minister's Office
PRC
Procurement Review Committee
PSC
Public Service Commission
PWGSC
Public Works and Government Services Canada
RAN
Resource Access Negotiations [Program]
(Financial assistance for First Nations organizations)
RC
Revenue Canada
RCI
Radio Canada International
RCMP [R.C.M.P.]
Royal Canadian Mounted Police
REIT
Real Estate Investment Trust
RESP
Registered Education Savings Plan
RPP
Registered Pension Plan
RRAP
Residential Rehabilitation Assistance Program
RRIF
Registered Retirement Income Fund
RRSP
Registered Retirement Savings Plan
RSC [R.S.C.]
Revised Statutes of Canada (See also SC )
SARA
Species at Risk Act
SARC
Software Acquisition Reference Centre
SBLA
Small Business Loans Act
SBPS
Specialized Business Planning Services
(administered by CFBAS)
SC [S.C.]
Statute(s) of Canada (See also, RSC)
SCC
Supreme Court of Canada
SDDS
Statistical Data Documentation System
SIMA
Special Import Measures Act
SIN
Social Insurance Number
SITT
Spectrum, Information Technologies and Telecommunications [Sector]
SME
Small- and medium-size enterprises
SPEC
Selection, Prequalification and Evaluation of Consultants
(PWGSC database of registered firms used in soliciting bids for real property opportunities under $60,000)
SSHRC
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
StatsCan
Statistics Canada
SWC
Status of Women Canada
TAGS
The Atlantic Groundfish Strategy [program]
TCCCS
Tactical Command, Control and Communication System
TIP
Technology Inflow Program
TIPS [T.I.P.S.]
Tax Information Phone Service
TTAI
Tobacco Transition Adjustment Initiative
UCCB
Universal Child Care Benefit
UI (now EI)
Unemployment Insurance
WD
Western Economic Diversification Canada
WGTA
Western Grain Transportation Act
WIN
World Information Network [for Exports]
(Computerized database of Canadian exporters and their capabilities)
YEA
Young Entrepreneur Awards
YCGA
Youth Criminal Justice Act
YOA
Young Offenders Act

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