A high-altitude surveillance balloon was detected and its movements are being actively tracked by NORAD. According to the Government Canadians are safe and Canada is taking steps to ensure the security of its airspace, including the monitoring of a potential second incident.

NORAD, the Canadian Armed Forces, the Department of National Defence, and other partners have been assessing the situation and working in close coordination.

Canada’s intelligence agencies are working with American partners and continue to take all necessary measures to safeguard Canada’s sensitive information from foreign intelligence threats.

The United States Government first detected the suspected Chinese surveillance balloon over U.S. airspace a few days ago. NORAD is now tracking the high-altitude surveillance balloon that is over continental United States right now. The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) continues to track and monitor it closely. NORAD commander, Gen. Glen VanHerck, assesses the balloon does not present a military or physical threat to people on the ground at this time. The balloon is currently traveling at altitude well above commercial air traffic.

A senior U.S. defence official said the U.S. has “very high confidence” it is a Chinese high-altitude balloon, and said it was flying over sensitive sites to collect information.

One of the places the balloon was spotted was Montana, which is home to one of the nation’s three nuclear missile silo fields at Malmstrom Air Force Base. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive information.