François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, released the following statement »
“Today, the Government of Canada is ensuring the long term safety of our telecommunications infrastructure. As part of that, the government intends to prohibit the inclusion of Huawei and ZTE products and services in Canada’s telecommunications systems.
“This follows a thorough review by our independent security agencies and in consultation with our closest allies.
“As a result, telecommunications companies that operate in Canada would no longer be permitted to make use of designated equipment or services provided by Huawei and ZTE. As well, companies that already use this equipment installed in their networks would be required to cease its use and remove it. The government intends to implement these measures as part of a broader agenda to promote the security of Canada’s telecommunications networks and in consultation with industry.
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada Policy Statement » Securing Canada’s Telecommunications System
Last week, US President Joe Biden extended for another year a Trump-era executive order that declared a national emergency and prohibited U.S. companies from using telecommunications equipment produced by firms posing a national security risk.
Robert Gillies, Associated Press » Canada joins its intelligence allies in banning carriers from using Huawei and ZTE equipment for the country’s 5G network