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The Honourable Vic Toews, Canada's Public Safety Minister, launches Canada's Cyber Security Strategy that is designed to enhance protection from cyber threats for Canadian governments, industries and families from coast to coast to coast, Sunday, October 3, 2010, in Ottawa.

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The federal government has launched a major effort to make the Internet safer.

Canada's cyber security strategy, announced in last spring's budget, will cost $90-million over five years and $18-million in ongoing funding.

It aims to secure federal computer systems and join other governments and industry to "ensure systems vital to Canadian security, economic prosperity and quality of life are protected."

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The strategy will also boost education and awareness to better help Canadians keep personal information secure when online at home and at work.

Public Safety Minister Vic Toews says cyberspace - and its accompanying threats - are constantly evolving, and he says "it's time to take protection of Canada's cyberspace to the next level."

Under the measures announced today, Ottawa is investing $3.5-million in a 24-hour-a-day Information Protection Centre to combat hackers and cyber attacks.

Natural Resources Minister Christian Paradis says the program will help defend vital systems, such as those protecting energy infrastructure, as well as help Canadians shield personal information online.

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