IRCC Enforcement Manual 7 – Arrests and Detention


The IRCC Investigations and Arrests Manual is divided into parts as outlined below.

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Please note that what I have reproduced below should not be viewed as legal advice by IRCC. The reproduction of the material below has not occurred with the affiliation of the Government of Canada, nor with the endorsement of the Government of Canada. As well, given the nature of internal documents, some of the information may be out of date.

The IRCC Investigations and Arrests Manual is divided into parts as outlined below.

Chapter 1 – What this Chapter is About

Chapter 2 – Program Objectives

Chapter 3 – The Act and Regulations

Chapter 4 – Instruments and Delegation

Chapter 5 – CBSA Policy

  • Investigations
  • Priorities
  • Use of Force
  • Warrants

Chapter 6 – Definitions

Chapter 7 – Procedure: Overview of General Investigations Procedures

  • IRCC referrals

Chapter 8 – Information Sources

Chapter 9 – Validating Information

Chapter 10 – Procedure: Prioritizing Information

Chapter 11 – Procedure: Risk Assessment

Chapter 12 – Police Assistance

  • United States police agencies
  • When police assistance may be required

Chapter 13 – Procedure – Interviewing

Chapter 14 – Procedure: Taking Notes

Chapter 15 – Procedure Arrests

  • Arrests with a warrant
  • Arrest without a warrant

Chapter 16 – Procedure: Arrest and Detention by Peace Officers under IRPA

Chapter 17 – Procedure: Making an Arrest

  • Obligations under the Charter
  • Detention

Chapter 18 – Procedure: Arresting a Person in Private Premises

Chapter 19 – Procedure: Searching

  • Searching Canadian citizens
  • Searching a private Residence

Chapter 20 – Procedure: Seizure

Chapter 21 – Procedure: Fingerprinting and Technology

Chapter 22 – Procedure: Detention

Chapter 23 – Procedure: Enforcement Incident Reporting Requirements

Chapter 24: Procedure: Report Writing

Chapter 25: Procedure: Notification to the Support System for Intelligence

Chapter 26: Procedure: Diplomats, consular officers and representatives or officials of a foreign country, of the United Nations and of international organizations

Chapter 27: Procedure: Testifying

Chapter 28 – Procedure: Handling alleged War Criminals

Chapter 29 – Procedure: Requesting the Minister’s Opinion

Chapter 30 – Procedure: Intervention ,cessation and vacation

Chapter 31 – Procedure – Information Exchange with Other Parties

Chapter 32 – Procedure: Legality of Actions

Appendixes: Authorization to Have the Authority and Powers of a Peace Officer, Letter to Compel Persons to Appear for Examination, Letter to Compel Foreign Nationals to Appear for an Interview with CSIS