His Excellency Raoul Delcorde, Ambassador of Belgium to Canada, is pleased to announce that at the invitation of Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, Their Majesties the King and the Queen of the Belgians will lead a State Visit to Canada, from March 11 to March 17. Their Majesties will visit Ottawa, Toronto, and Montreal and will be accompanied by seven Ministers, including Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders and the Ministers- Presidents of Belgium’s regions and communities, as well as a large delegation of business and academic leaders. One hundred years since Canada helped to liberate Belgium in the First World War and six months since the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) went into force, this visit comes at an important time with the goal of enhancing the political, economic, academic and cultural ties between our countries. This will be the first Belgian State Visit to Canada in over 40 years and it falls four years after the former Governor General of Canada, David Johnston, visited Belgium.

March 9, 2018

War Museum and King of Belgium - 100th anniversary of end of WWI

Canada is committed to lasting peace and security, both at home and abroad. Whether it is a commitment to the elimination of Daesh, solidifying Canada’s relationship with its NATO Allies and partners, or being at the forefront of discussions on international security policy, Canada will continue to work with the international community to ensure the protection of rights and freedoms for all.

Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan today concluded two of three rounds of meetings in Europe.  The Minister participated in a meeting of the Defence Ministers from the main force contributors to the Global Coalition against Daesh, and in Brussels, at the NATO Defence Ministerial Meeting. Next he will be attending the annual Munich Security Conference in Germany.

In Rome on February 13, Minister Sajjan highlighted Canada’s ongoing commitment to the Global Coalition against Daesh, and to working with allies and partners to set the conditions for long-term security and stability in the Middle East region. Defence Ministers discussed next steps, as well as other regional defence and security challenges.

While in Brussels from February 14-15, Minister Sajjan participated in the NATO Defence Ministerial Meeting, alongside other NATO Allies and partners. Discussions focused on Alliance modernization, burden sharing, NATO-European Union defence cooperation, NATO’s work on strengthening its deterrence and defence posture, and its efforts to project stability beyond its borders. Minister Sajjan highlighted Canada’s commitment to NATO and working with NATO Allies to actively maintain and strengthen the transatlantic bond. The Minister also reiterated Canada’s participation in helping NATO secure stability in Europe and the Mediterranean. As well, he co-hosted a meeting of ministers from countries contributing forces to the enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) Battle Group in Latvia. Minister Sajjan also held bilateral meetings with several of his counterparts.

Minister Sajjan took the opportunity while at NATO to emphasize the numerous contributions Canada is making toward securing international peace and security. Canada is undertaking its largest sustained military presence in Europe in more than 30 years, through leading the multinational NATO battlegroup in Latvia; and maintaining a frigate in European waters, under the NATO flag. Furthermore, Canada announced it is rejoining NATO’s Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) program.

In addition, Minister Sajjan signed a letter signaling Canada’s intent to join the Maritime Multi-Missions Aircraft (M3A) forum, along with other Allied nations, to share force development resources and knowledge, in the pursuit of maritime patrol aircraft recapitalization.

On February 16-17, following the meetings in Rome and Brussels, Minister Sajjan will attend the annual, global Munich Security Conference, one of the foremost global forums on international security. While in Munich, the Minister will participate in discussions on cyber security and intelligence sharing, as well as on demographic change, diversity, and implications for the Armed Forces.

February 15, 2018

Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan Advances Defence Priorities in Europe

The Government is committed to both the security and safety of Canadians and the protection of their rights and freedoms. Canada is playing a strong and constructive role in the world by making concrete contributions to international peace and security – including at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

NATO is a cornerstone of Canada’s international security policy and today the Government announced its intention to rejoin to the Alliance’s Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) program.

Programs such as AWACS, and the joint intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance it provides, are increasingly relevant in today’s security environment.  In response to the challenges posed by that environment, NATO has significantly increased the use of its AWACS operations, including in areas like Central and Eastern Europe where Canada is leading a multinational NATO battlegroup based in Latvia.

Canada decided to withdraw from the AWACS program in 2011 following the Department of National Defence’s 2010 Strategic Review.

February 14, 2018

Canada rejoins NATO Airborne Warning and Control System program

Canadian Army divers, along with divers from respective NATO partner nations are participating in Exercise ROGUISH BUOY 2018; taking place at Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Gagetown Range and Training Area (near George Lake, New Brunswick) from January 30 to February 12, 2018.

This year, dive teams from around the world will carry out a series of activities that will test and challenge important dive skills such as vehicle recovery, search and rescue, and the recovery of modular bridge piers.

International participants include 24 divers from Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States, reaffirming Canada’s unwavering commitment to its long-standing alliances and partnerships as mentioned in Canada’s Defence Policy: Strong, Secured, Engaged.

Exercise ROGUISH BUOY 2018 is hosted by the Canadian Forces School of Military Engineering, a part of the Combat Training Centre located at CFB Gagetown, New Brunswick. This annual Canadian Army Combat Diving training event is designed to prepare dive teams to expertly and safely undertake diving tasks in support of operations.

January 30, 2018

Canadian Army dives into Gagetown, New Brunswick

In the Strong, Secure, Engaged defence policy, the Government of Canada committed to ensuring the women and men of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) have the support and equipment they need to carry out their important missions.

The Canadian Special Operations Forces Command (CANSOFCOM) has accepted delivery of its first Ultra-Light Combat Vehicles (ULCV). These vehicles, which were procured from Polaris Industries Limited, will help protect members of Canada’s Special Operations Forces as they conduct missions in challenging environments.  It will provide them with fast, mobile transportation over demanding terrain, and has been specifically configured to support rapid deployment by most Royal Canadian Air Force aircraft, particularly the CH-147F Chinook helicopter.

This procurement – which was completed on time and on budget – will help ensure special forces operators have the tools they need to succeed for years to come.

January 25, 2018

CANSOFCOM takes delivery of Ultra-Light Combat Vehicle (ULCV)

Sherry Romanado, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, on behalf of Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan, today announced $6 million per year in new funding to modernize the Military Family Services Program and provide additional support to military families.  The modernization and additional support is part of the broader Comprehensive Military Family Plan outlined in Canada’s Defence Policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged, the goal being to augment support and services and enhance family life for Canadian Armed Forces members and their families.

The announcement was made at the Military Family Resource Centre (MFRC) in Winnipeg. Parliamentary Secretary Romanado met with service providers and military families and saw firsthand how the new funding will benefit military families. These benefits will include extended childcare hours, expanded youth programs, and the provision of additional mental health services (including couples counselling and women’s workshops), among other enhanced services.

The announced funding will benefit military communities across Canada, as MFRCs expand the programs they offer to military members and their families including services such as child and youth programs, health care access, mental health services, community integration and outreach, and deployment and relocation support.

The Government of Canada recognizes that military families make an incredible contribution to the operational effectiveness of the Canadian Armed Forces and is committed to providing them with the support and services they require to manage the unique challenges and stresses of military life.

January 24, 2018

National Defence announces increased support to military families

Today, Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Charlottetown is being replaced by HMCS St. John’s on Operation REASSURANCE following a successful six-month deployment as part of the Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG1).

HMCS Charlottetown joined SNMG1 in August 2017, sailing in the Baltic Sea, Northern Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. She participated in two major exercises: Exercise NORTHERN COAST 17 in the Baltic Sea and Exercise BRILLIANT MARINER 17 in the Mediterranean Sea. These exercises further strengthened the Allied nations’ abilities to combine international assets in order to effectively conduct combined maritime operations.

HMCS Charlottetown also supported NATO’s Operation SEA GUARDIAN from September to December 2017. Through Operation SEA GUARDIAN, HMCS Charlottetown contributed to supporting a safe and secure environment for civilian vessels operating in the Mediterranean Sea with the goal of facilitating economic activities within the region. The ship hailed 82 vessels in support of the NATO operation, contributing to overall maritime security in the Mediterranean Sea.

Operation REASSURANCE refers to the Canadian Armed Forces’ activities in support of NATO assurance and deterrence measures through the provision of military capabilities for training, exercises, demonstrations and assigned NATO tasks.

January 19, 2018

HMCS Charlottetown concludes her mission on Operation REASSURANCE

Following months of training and preparation, approximately 450 Canadian Armed Forces members are now on their way to Latvia to provide relief for Canadian soldiers taking part in Operation REASSURANCE. The new Canadian personnel, led by the 2nd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment (2 RCR) will replace the 1st Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry in NATO’s enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) Battlegroup Latvia. Lieutenant-Colonel Sean French, Commanding Officer of 2 RCR, will assume command of the multinational battlegroup shortly after his arrival.

As articulated in Canada’s defence policy – Strong, Secure, Engaged – the deployment of the Canadian Armed Forces members as part of Operation REASSURANCE reaffirms Canada’s commitment to leading and contributing to NATO’s efforts to deter and defend against potential adversaries in order to support global stability.

The eFP Battlegroup Latvia comprises military contingents from Albania, Canada, Italy, Poland, Slovenia and Spain.

NATO’s enhanced Forward Presence is part of a defensive and proportionate response to the evolving security environment in the region. The Battlegroup is training with the Latvian Land Forces Infantry Brigade, with which it will work hand-in-hand to deter, and if necessary help defend, the people of Latvia from aggression.

January 18, 2018

Canadian Armed Forces Members deploy to continue deterrence mission in Latvia

On behalf of France, Italy and the United Kingdom governments, OCCAR (The Organisation for Joint Armament Co-operation) has notified a New In Service Support (N-ISS) contract with the Franco-Italian consortium, Eurosam, which is co-owned by MBDA and Thales. It replaces the first ISS contract that has been in place since July 2012. This contract has been a premiere in a major multinational armament program: OCCAR and Eurosam have collaborated to create a support community that is operationally compliant with the requirements of the three nations and five end users (armies, navies, air force).

The N-ISS contract – which runs for five years from 2 January 2018 – will include in-service support for French and Italian land and naval systems (SAAM-Fr, SAAM-It, PAAMS and SAMP/T) as well as all ASTER missiles (ASTER 15, ASTER 30 and ASTER 30 Block 1) from France, Italy and the United Kingdom. The new contract represents a major upgrade from its predecessor and includes not only focused improvements (introduction of repair packages and simplified management) but also cost-efficient, long-term and tailored life cycle continuity support (anticipating major overhauls and addressing long-term obsolescence). The new five-year contract enables the three nations, OCCAR and industry to make common contractual analyses via periodic reviews, which incorporate any potential changes to nation specifications beyond the performance of logistics and support activities.

Speaking during the contract signing ceremony, Abdoulaye Samba, Eurosam managing director, commented: “Over the past years, Eurosam systems, whether SAAM, PAAMS or SAMP/T, have protected our home nations forces all over the world, contributing to their freedom of action and our nations influence.  We are proud to have been at their side for all this time, making all efforts to keep their operational availability at the highest level.  I take the renewing of our in-service support contract as a strong show of confidence from our home customers in the benefits of working in co-operation together with OCCAR and Eurosam. This is of special significance at a time when 25 European nations have decided to join forces for improving their military capabilities and strategic autonomy into the Permanent Structured Co-operation.

January 18, 2018

European Nations Renew Support Contract with Eurosam

The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) is wrapping up deployments on Operation CARIBBE for 2017. Working collaboratively with the United States Coast Guard (USCG) and the United States-led Joint Interagency Task Force South (JIATFS) over the past year, the CAF directly supported the ongoing multinational campaign to disrupt illicit trafficking.

Three Royal Canadian Navy maritime coastal defence vessels and a Royal Canadian Air Force CP-140 Aurora long-range patrol aircraft deployed to regions in the eastern Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea. Her Majesty’s Canadian Ships (HMCS) Saskatoon, Nanaimo, and Moncton, along with the CP-140 Aurora, assisted our partners in seizing approximately 3,947 kgs of cocaine and disrupting* an estimated 5,104 kgs of cocaine. Their efforts kept an estimated $298 million (USD) of drugs off the streets.

Additionally, in September, HMCS Ottawa, a Halifax-class patrol frigate, patrolled the eastern Pacific with an embarked USGC law enforcement detachment and used its onboard sensors to enhance maritime awareness at a shore-based command centre.

December 18, 2017

Canadian Armed Forces helps keep over nine tonnes of cocaine off the streets on Operation CARIBBE

Canada is committed to helping build long-term security and stability in the Middle East region. We are doing this through an integrated whole-of-government approach to meet the needs of conflict-affected people in Iraq, Syria, and  other countries in the region, including in Jordan and Lebanon.

Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan today announced Canada’s intent to support the construction and rehabilitation of a road along Jordan’s northern border with Syria. This project will contribute to the security and stability of Jordan by enabling the Jordanian Armed Forces to better respond to threats along the border.

As outlined in Canada’s Defence Policy Strong, Secure, Engaged, the government is dedicated to working with allies and partners to deter and defeat potential adversaries. This project demonstrates Canada’s commitment to achieving this priority and will help bolster the safety and security of Jordan, its citizens, and the region.

While in Jordan, Minister Sajjan met His Majesty King Abdullah II, the Prime Minister of Jordan and Minister of Defence, His Excellency Hani Fawzi Al-Mulki, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Lieutenant General Mahmoud Freihat, to discuss the evolving nature of the Daesh threat, and mutual defence and security challenges. The Minister also commended Jordan for their cooperation and collaboration on key regional issues.

December 18, 2017

Canada Announces Support to Help Bolster Jordan’s Security

Canada and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) share a mutual commitment to regional security, including countering terrorism and violent extremism in the Middle East. Both countries firmly believe that by working together, a more stable and peaceful region can be achieved.

Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan today signed the Canada-UAE Defence Cooperation Arrangement with His Excellency Mohammed Ahmed Al Bowardi, Minister of State for Defense Affairs.

This Arrangement represents the renewal and strengthening of Canada and the UAE’s bilateral defence relationship.  It will help advance shared interests, including increased personnel training opportunities, defence engagement, and the promotion of regional stability. 

December 18, 2017

Government of Canada Signs Defence Cooperation Arrangement with the UAE

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December 18, 2017



Senators and staff on Parliament Hill collected a mountain of presents for underprivileged kids in the National Capital Region this holiday season as part of the Toys for Tots campaign.

Senators Diane Bellemare, Patricia Bovey, Yonah Martin, Grant Mitchell, Jim Munson, Victor Oh and Kim Pate helped to load boxes of toys onto a military truck on Friday, December 15, 2017.

The toy drive took place under the leadership of Speaker of the Senate George J. Furey.

Toys for Tots is a Canadian charity based on local partnerships between Canadian Armed Forces, businesses and citizens that provides toys to children who are in need.

This year’s donations will be distributed to the St. Joe's Women's Centre; Minwaashin Lodge, an Indigenous women’s support centre; and Tewegan Housing for Aboriginal Youth, a transitional home for Indigenous people women aged 16 to 29 who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

December 18, 2017

Senate spreads holiday cheer with Toys for Tots campaign

The Honourable Harjit Sajjan, Minister of National Defence, issued the following statement regarding the Ombudsman Report on the Canadian Rangers: A Systemic Investigation of the Factors that Impact Healthcare Entitlements and Related Benefits of the Rangers.

“I would like to thank the Ombudsman for his recommendations in the Canadian Rangers: A Systemic Investigation on the Factors that Impact Healthcare Entitlements and Related Benefits. After thoughtful review, I accept this report and have asked the Canadian Army to work with the office of the Ombudsman in addressing all of its recommendations.

“The Canadian Rangers are a vital component of the Canadian Army’s Reserve Force and play a valuable role in remote and isolated communities across Canada. Every day, the Canadian Armed Forces rely on their expertise for training on missions and on operations in the North. In recent years, the Canadian Rangers have continued to demonstrate their value by helping facilitate numerous search and rescue operations and by coming to the aid of the communities they serve during periods of crisis and grief.

“I appreciate that the Ombudsman has recommended areas where we can further improve the Canadian Rangers access to health care entitlements. In the Government of Canada’s Defence Policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged, we committed to ensuring the healthcare needs of the Defence Team are well-supported. The Canadian Rangers, as part of the Defence Team, are an important asset, and Defence leaders have an duty to look after our members’ wellbeing. Therefore, we are putting measures in place to continue to ensure that the Canadian Rangers are well supported, physically and mentally, so they can carry on with the critical duties and tasks that we ask of them.

“The Canadian Army is already looking at ways to remove barriers, and improve the support and care for the Canadian Rangers, a process that commenced in the spring of 2015. This review will lead the way towards better administration and operational support to our “eyes and ears” in the North and remote locations. The recommendations of the Ombudsman will serve to inform this review and ensure our way forward to helping the Canadian Rangers find “made in the North” solutions to these challenges.

December 7, 2017

The Minister of National Defence welcomes the Ombudsman Report on the review of the Canadian Rangers

Canada’s new defence policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged, reaffirms the government’s commitment to providing the women and men of the Canadian Armed Forces with the support and equipment they need to do their jobs. Today, in support of this commitment, Member of Parliament Neil Ellis announced on behalf of Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan that 8 Wing Trenton is the first location to take possession of the new fire trucks.

Known as the Aerial Fire Fighting Vehicle (AFFV) these modern trucks provide fire fighting capabilities, rescue and casualty evacuation to a height of 35 meters. They feature a casualty recovery platform that previous vehicles didn’t have. The vehicles were procured to fight fires on modern infrastructure found on Bases and Wings including fires in ammunition and fuel containment areas.

The new fire trucks will replace some of the current vehicles that have been in use since the mid-90s and that have exceeded their life expectancy. They will add to those firefighting fleets that do not have the capabilities the AFFV will bring.

In June 2016, a contract was awarded to Aréo-Feu based in Longueuil, Québec to supply the vehicles. A total of nine new vehicles will be delivered to Bases and Wings across Canada. The last vehicle is expected to be delivered in April 2018, with an option to purchase three more vehicles.

December 7, 2017

New Fire Trucks for the Canadian Armed Forces

As part of the Government of Canada’s commitment to invest in Canadian Armed Forces Search and Rescue capabilities and ensure personnel have safe and modern facilities in which to work and train, Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan will attend a traditional sod-turning ceremony for the new Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue Aircraft Training Centre.

The commitment to operationalize the newly acquired Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue aircraft fleet was made through Canada’s new defence policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged.


Minister Sajjan will hold a media availability following the event.

December 7, 2017

Training Centre Ground Breaking for New Fixed Wing Search and Rescue Aircraft

The North American Aerospace Defense Command is celebrating the 62nd Anniversary of tracking Santa’s yuletide journey!  The NORAD Tracks Santa website,, launching Dec. 1, features Santa’s North Pole Village, which includes a holiday countdown, games, activities, and more.  The website is available in eight languages: English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, and Chinese.

Official NORAD Tracks Santa apps are also available in the Apple and Google Play stores, so parents and children can countdown the days until Santa’s launch on their smart phones and tablets!  Tracking opportunities are also offered through social media on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram. 

Starting at 2:01 a.m. EST on Dec. 24, website visitors can watch Santa make preparations for his flight.  NORAD’s “Santa Cams” will stream videos on the website as Santa makes his way over various locations. Then, at 6 a.m. EST, trackers worldwide can speak with a live phone operator to inquire as to Santa’s whereabouts by dialing the toll-free number 1-877-Hi-NORAD (1-877-446-6723) or by sending an email to Any time on Dec. 24, Amazon Alexa users can ask for Santa’s location through the NORAD Tracks Santa skill for Amazon Alexa, and OnStar subscribers can press the OnStar button in their vehicles to locate Santa. Bing and Cortana users can also find Santa's location on Dec. 24.

NORAD Tracks Santa is truly a global experience, delighting generations of families everywhere.  This is due, in large part, to the efforts and services of numerous program contributors. 

It all started in 1955 when a local media advertisement directed children to call Santa direct – only the number was misprinted.  Instead of reaching Santa, the phone rang through to the Crew Commander on duty at the Continental Air Defense Command Operations Center.  Thus began the tradition, which NORAD carried on since it was created in 1958.

December 4, 2017

NORAD is Ready to Track Santa’s Flight

Deputy Minister Jody Thomas is pleased to announce a new Charter for the Sexual Misconduct Response Centre (SMRC).  The Charter replaces the SMRC’s original mandate, and supports the department’s priority on well-supported, diverse, resilient people and families in Strong, Secure, Engaged: Canada’s Defence Policy.

Among the highlights, the SMRC Charter will:

promote a seamless continuum of care for Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members who are affected by sexual misconduct from the time of first contact until such time as they no longer need support;

focus on an efficient, person-centered approach by coordinating support initiatives related to sexual misconduct;

establish and maintain partnerships with internal and external organizations to improve access to victim support services throughout Canada, and to deployed operations.


December 1, 2017

The Sexual Misconduct Response Centre Announces Implementation of New Charter

In line with Strong, Secure, Engaged, Canada’s new defence policy, the Government of Canada is committed to investing in capabilities that improve our ability to forecast threats and challenges. The ability to leverage opportunities, and act effectively and decisively in cooperation with our allies and partners is of paramount importance in keeping Canadians safe at home and abroad.

Home to the longest international border in the world, Canada and the United States (U.S) must be prepared to coordinate effective emergency responses in the event of disasters or other threats to safety and security.

In support of this, the Department of National Defence’s Centre for Security Science and the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate teamed up for the fifth time to conduct an experiment supporting emergency management officials and first responders. The Canada-U.S. Enhanced Resiliency Experiment series, known as CAUSE, took place on November 15th and 16th near the border between Lower Mainland, British Columbia, and Whatcom County, in the state of Washington.


November 17, 2017

Canadian and U.S. emergency management officials use simulated disaster scenario to test new communication technologies

Lieutenant-General Paul Wynnyk, Commander of the Canadian Army, participated in the Commanders’ Conference of American Armies (CCAA) in Washington D.C, United States from November 6 to 9, 2017. The Commander’s Conference of American Armies is an opportunity for Army leaders from North, Central, and South America and the Caribbean to meet to discuss areas of mutual interest and share lessons learned. The conference contributes to the security and democratic development of member countries from a military perspective.

During the conference, Army Commanders reflect on the work of the past cycle and provide guidance for the execution of the next two-year cycle. While at the conference, Lieutenant-General Wynnyk conducted bilateral meetings with several partner nations from within the region.


November 9, 2017

The Commander of the Canadian Army engages with regional partners at Commanders’ Conference of American Armies

Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan will be in Brussels from November 8 to 9 to participate in the NATO Defence Ministers Meeting and the the Defeat-ISIS Defence Ministerial Meeting.

On the margins of these meetings, Minister Sajjan will participate in bilateral and multilateral meetings with Allies, partners, and officials.

Following these meetings, Minister Sajjan will take part in events commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele at Tyne Cot Cemetery.

November 7, 2017

Defence Minister travels to Europe for NATO, Defeat-ISIS, and Remembrance Week activities 

Approximately 500 personnel from the Canadian Army, Royal Canadian Navy and Royal Canadian Air Force will participate in Exercise NIHILO SAPPER 2017, a large construction engineering exercise taking place in various locations throughout Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, from November 1 to 20, 2017.The exercise provides hands-on technical training to regular and reserve force military engineers serving in Atlantic Canada and ensures they are ready to deploy on Canadian Armed Forces operations on short notice.


November 6, 2017

Canadian Army Engineers conduct Exercise NIHILO SAPPER in Cape Breton

Ottawa – Canadian veterans will be strapping on their tool belts and hard hats on Friday, November 10 to help Habitat for Humanity Greater Ottawa (Habitat GO) build their largest development to date.

The first-ever Veteran Build Day in Ottawa encourages Canadian veterans, active duty military members and reserve members to connect and give back in their community in a fun, new way while helping Habitat GO make a difference in the lives of families in need of affordable housing.

Lieutenant-General (ret'd) Honourable Andrew Leslie, the MP for Ottawa-Orléans, and Ottawa City Coun. Jody Mitic, a 20-year Canadian Army veteran who lost both his feet to a landmine blast in Afghanistan in 2007, will also join the team.

The military veterans will be working on Habitat GO’s build of four townhomes in Orléans, which is Phase 1 of the non-profit’s largest development to date. Known as “Leacross Landing,” the project will include 16 townhomes when completed in 2019.

Since 1993, Habitat GO has partnered with 72 families in the Greater Ottawa area. Habitat GO’s homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. With our help, Habitat homeowners achieve the strength, stability and independence they need to build a better life for themselves and their families.

What: Habitat GO Veteran Build Day

When: Friday, November 10, 2017

Where: 6208 Jeanne d’Arc Blvd.

***Media are invited to attend. Build site safety equipment will be provided. Interviews and photo opportunities will take place at 11 a.m.***

November 6, 2017

 Local Veterans to Come Together to Build Homes with Habitat for Humanity Greater Ottawa

On October 30, 2017, the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service charged a member of the Canadian Armed Forces with sexual assault and related offences under the Criminal Code and the National Defence Act.

The charges relate to offences involving five members of the Canadian Armed Forces at 2nd Canadian Division Support Base Valcartier and 5th Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown between January 2005 and December 2014.

Colonel Jean-François Duval, a member of Canadian Defence Academy in Kingston, faces the following charges:


October 31, 2017

Sexual assault charges laid against military member in Kingston

Brigadier-General Kevin Cotten, the Commandant of the Canadian Forces College, issued the following statement today:

“Major Steve Holland, a student attending the Joint Command and Staff Program at the Canadian Forces College in Toronto, has still not been found after an extensive search by Ottawa Police Service which began on 8 October.

Steve was last seen on October 7, 2017, in Ottawa. He is described as a male Caucasian, 5’5’’, stocky, muscular, build and short blond hair, weighing 170 pounds/77 Kg.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Maj Steve Holland is asked to contact the Ottawa Police Service at 613-236-1222, Ext. 2355.

Our thoughts and prayers remain with his family and we will continue to support them through this most difficult time.”   

Brigadier-General Kevin Cotten

October 19, 2017

Statement by the Commandant of the Canadian Forces College

When Red (Remember Everyone Deployed) Fridays was started by Karen Kelly and Lisa Miller, two military wives with husbands deployed in Afghanistan, in 2006 it was a grass roots success that culminated in a 20,000 person, “support our troops rally” on parliament hill. They wanted to give Canadians the opportunity to show their gratitude to our past and present heroes, by wearing RED on Fridays. (RED= Remember

Everyone Deployed) It was a real grass roots movement that at its high point resulted in a demonstration of 20,000 Canadians on Parliament Hill in support of our troops in 2006.




October 3, 2017


On Saturday, September 30, all Canadian Army (CA) Reserve Armouries across Canada will host an Open House with interactive displays and activities to showcase the work they do for the CA.


This is the first time that every CA Armoury will be open to the public on the same day and is part of the CA’s overall effort to recruit new members and strengthen the Army Reserve. Under Strong, Secure, Engaged: Canada’s Defence Policy, the Government of Canada has committed to increasing the size of the Reserve Force to 30,000 (an increase of 1,500) and to reduce the length of time required for an individual to join the Reserve Force.


September 28, 2017

Canadian Army Reserve Armouries across Canada get set to welcome the public

North Vancouver, B.C. – Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards invites media to attend its Open House and get a firsthand look at the most modern shipyard of its kind in North America and the first large Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) Ship to be designed and built in Canada in a generation

As part of the Open House activities, the first ship to be delivered under the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) – the CCG’s first Offshore Fisheries Science Vessel (OFSV) will be unveiled.

Vancouver Shipyards hosts Open House to showcase Canada’s most modern shipbuilding facility and unveil what will be the first vessel delivered under the NSS

Sunday, October 1, 2017

10:10 am: SPMT Demonstration: South End of Block Assembly Shop (outside)

10:25 am: Plasma Cutter & Magnetic Crane Lift Demonstration: Sub Assembly Shop

10:40 am: One-Sided Welder Demonstration: Panel Shop

10:55 am: Join us at the Erection Berth for the unveiling of the first OFSV

11:30 am: SPMT Demonstration: South End of Block Assembly Shop (outside)

11:45 am: Plasma Cutter & Magnetic Crane Lift Demonstration: Sub Assembly Shop

12:00 pm: One-Sided Welder Demonstration: Panel Shop

12:15 pm: SPMT Demonstration: South End of Block Assembly Shop (outside)

12:30 pm: Plasma Cutter & Magnetic Crane Lift Demonstration: Sub Assembly Shop

12:45 pm: One-Sided Welder Demonstration: Panel Shop

Vancouver Shipyards

50 Pemberton Avenue

North Vancouver, BC 

V7P 2R2

September 28, 2017

Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards Hosts Open House

As part of Canada’s whole-of-government strategy in response to the crises in Iraq and Syria, and following the liberation of Mosul by Iraqi Security Forces (ISF), the Canadian Armed Forces are now providing advice and assistance to ISF in the area around Hawija, Iraq.

Canada has also sent a small team of Canadian Army engineers to observe ongoing explosive threat training that the ISF are receiving under the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Training and Capacity Building – Iraq mandate. This is the first step in plans for highly-skilled Canadian combat engineers to provide this training to ISF later this fall.


September 22, 2017

Canadian Armed Forces Personnel now Advising, Assisting Iraqis near Hawija

The Canadian Army will host EAGLE’S NEST 2017, a skills development and training leadership camp for Indigenous youth. The EAGLE’S NEST Indigenous Youth Leadership Camp will be held near Wanipigow First Nation, located approximately 190 km north of Winnipeg and will run from August 28 until September 3, 2017.

EAGLE’S NEST 2017 will host approximately 48 Indigenous youth, from 13 to 15 years old. This camp will help participants build teamwork and leadership skills, physical fitness, and provide a variety of outdoor experiences. It consists of combining core military values, while respecting and incorporating Indigenous traditions, teachings, and culture.


August 24, 2017

Manitoba Indigenous communities to welcome EAGLE’S NEST Indigenous Youth Leadership Camp

A First World War soldier who could not be identified by the Department of National Defence (DND) and the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) was today laid to rest with military honours at Canadian Cemetery No. 2 in Neuville-St. Vaast, France, within Canadian National Vimy Memorial Park. The Commander of the Canadian Army, Lieutenant-General Paul Wynnyk, was in attendance at the ceremony.

Remains discovered at Thélus, Pas de Calais, France, were deemed to belong to a Canadian First World War soldier, but his identity could not be determined, as he was found without personal or unit identifiers. The soldier would have died between the end of October 1916 and the end of July 1917, the nine-month period of Canadian Corps action in the Vimy sector.


August 24, 2017

Unidentified Canadian First World War soldier laid to rest

Devotion to Duty Ceremony Honouring Sergeant Tommy Prince for Canada’s 150th Birthday

Saturday September 9 2017 at 1430 hr -1600 hr

St. Anne’s Hospital

305 Boul des Anciens-Combattants

Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue QC H9X 1Y9


August 18, 2017

Devotion to Duty Ceremony

Corporal Filip Konowal, a Ukrainian Canadian whose valour at the Battle of Hill 70 near Lens, France in August 1917 earned him the highest medal of the British Empire, the Victoria Cross, is being remembered in Kyiv, the capital city of Ukraine, thanks to the efforts of the Ukrainian Canadian Civil Liberties Association ( and their Ukrainian partners on this project, Free People (Vilni Lyudy).

From 15 August to 15 September 2017 a billboard (see attached images below) has been erected to honour the only Ukrainian ever distinguished with the Victoria Cross. Commenting, UCCLA’s director of research, Dr Lubomyr Luciuk, observed: “On 22 August 2017 the Battle of Hill 70 memorial will be publicly unveiled, marking the 100th anniversary of that struggle. There, thanks to the generosity of a number of Ukrainian Canadian donors, including the Temerty Family Foundation, the Ihnatowycz Family Foundation, and the Petro Jacyk Education Foundation, a central pathway has been named the Konowal Walk. We wanted to ensure this hero of the Great War would also be remembered in Ukraine. Working with our friends in the Free People movement we arranged for this commemorative billboard as a reminder to passers-by and especially those working in the Ukrainian Armed Forces Headquarters located nearby, of the true grit, bravery, and endurance of this Ukrainian hero. At a time in its history when Ukraine is defending its independence it is certainly worth recalling this Ukrainian soldier of the First World War who fought in France when that country was the victim of an imperialistic power. By honouring Corporal Konowal we likewise recognize the patriotism and self-sacrifice of the Ukrainian men and women who are today defending their homeland against unprovoked Russian aggression.”

August 14, 2017

UCCLA Media Release - Remembering Corporal Filip Konowal, VC, in Ukraine

Operation NANOOK 2017 begins today at locations in Labrador and Nunavut. Nearly 900 military and civilian participants will take part in the 10th iteration of Canada’s annual northern sovereignty operation.

Canada’s defence policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged, commits Canada to increase its presence and operational effectiveness in the North. Operation NANOOK enables the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) to continually enhance its ability to operate effectively in the North while improving coordination with whole-of-government partners in responding to northern safety and security issues.


August 14, 2017

Operation NANOOK 2017 launches today in Canada’s North

Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Ralph Goodale, Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence Kent Hehr, and Minister of National Defence Harjit S. Sajjan today issued the following statement to recognize National Peacekeepers’ Day:

“In honour of National Peacekeepers’ Day, we join Canadians in expressing our deepest gratitude to Canadian peacekeepers, past and present. We recognize the women and men who have upheld our country’s proud history of peacekeeping throughout the years by helping to bring peace and security to vulnerable people and communities in some of the world’s most volatile regions.

“Since officially beginning peacekeeping in 1956, Canada is proud to have had over 125,000 members of the Canadian Armed Forces, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, civilian experts, and provincial and municipal police officers serve on a variety of United Nations peace support operations and multinational task forces around the world.

“While the challenges facing peacekeepers have evolved since the time of Lester B. Pearson, Canada remains steadfast in its pledge to advance global peace and security. Canada’s new defence policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged, underscores our commitment to peacekeeping and peace support operations. This is also evident as we host the upcoming 2017 UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial meeting in Vancouver.

“We also pause today to remember the nine Canadian United Nations peacekeepers who tragically lost their lives on August 9, 1974, when a United Nations-marked Canadian Armed Forces transport aircraft was shot down during a resupply mission in the Middle East. This remains the largest single-day loss of Canadian life during a peace support operation. These Canadians, counted among the 122 Canadian peacekeepers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in the service of peace since 1948, will not be forgotten. Their bravery will continue to be represented in the selfless work of peacekeepers around the world.”

August 9, 2017

Statement marking National Peacekeepers’ Day

Colonel Michael Sullivan assumed command of Operation CALUMET from Colonel Martin Lipcsey today in the Sinai Peninsula, Egypt.

Lieutenant-General Stephen Bowes, Canadian Joint Operations Commander, took part, as reviewing officer, in the change of command ceremony held in South Camp of the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO). This ceremony was presided over by the Force Commander of the MFO, Australian Major-General Simon Stuart.



July 13, 2017

A new commander for Operation CALUMET

The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) will be holding Bold Eagle, Black Bear, and Raven — its three Indigenous Summer Programs — across Canada throughout the months of July and August.

As part of the Indigenous Summer Programs, participants are enrolled as soldiers in the Primary Reserve of the Army or the Navy. All courses begin with a four-day Culture Camp, conducted by Indigenous Elders and teachers. Graduates receive a Reserve Basic Military Qualification, but have no obligation to continue to serve in the CAF.


July 10, 2017

Indigenous Summer Programs provide Indigenous youth with military experience and training

The Government of Canada is committed to protecting and enhancing the health and well-being of Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members. Today, the Department of National Defence and the CAF announced the release of the findings from the 2016 Mental Health Expert Panel report on Suicide Prevention in the Canadian Armed Forces.

The panel found that the CAF has a strong suicide prevention program and that access and availability of mental health services for serving military personnel are greater than the Canadian civilian population. The panel provided a total of 11 recommendations, all of which the CAF has accepted.


July 6, 2017

The Surgeon General announces findings from the 2016 Mental Health Expert Panel report on Suicide Prevention in the Canadian Armed Forces

Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP) has announced retired Major-General Lewis MacKenzie as the Grand Marshal for the Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix, July 6-9. CTMP is set to host Canada’s biggest sports car race weekend of the year featuring the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with its exotic prototype and GT race cars, in their only Canadian stop.

Lewis MacKenzie is well-known for his 36-year career in the Canadian Armed Forces that included nine years in Germany with NATO forces as well as nine peacekeeping tours of duty in the Gaza Strip, Cyprus, Cairo, Vietnam, Central America and Sarajevo. In 1990, Mr. MacKenzie was appointed commander of the United Nation’s Observer mission in Central America and two years later he was assigned to the United Nation’s Protection Force in Yugoslavia. In May of that year he created and assumed command of Sector Sarajevo tasked with re-opening the Sarajevo airport for the delivery of humanitarian aid during the Bosnian civil war. In 2002 and 2006 respectively he was invested with the Order of Ontario and the Order of Canada for his humanitarian work in Africa.


July 4, 2017


Canada has a long and proud history of peacekeeping. For decades, brave Canadian women and men have put themselves in harm’s way to protect the world’s most vulnerable civilians – including women, children, and marginalized groups.

Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan was at the United Nations (UN) Headquarters in New York, today to launch the 2017 UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial. The conference will be held in Vancouver, British Columbia, on November 14-15. Approximately 500 delegates from 70 countries are expected to participate in the discussions.


May 24, 2017

Canada to Host 2017 United Nations Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial Conference

Canadians want to live in peace and security. We will deepen our cooperation with allies in order to fight terrorism, provide assistance to the world’s most vulnerable, and contribute to greater peace throughout the world.

In keeping with the Government of Canada’s steadfast commitment to the security of Canada and North America, Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan held productive discussions with his counterparts from the United States and Mexico during the third trilateral North American Defence Ministers’ meeting in Washington, D.C.


May 24, 2017

Minister Sajjan Attends North American Defence Ministers’ Meeting in Washington, D.C.

On May 7, Canadians from across the country will gather to commemorate the sacrifices made by the thousands of Canadians who fought so valiantly during the Battle of the Atlantic, from 1939 to 1945.

The national ceremony will be held at the National War Memorial and will include members of the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) and the Royal Canadian Air Force, alongside members of the Merchant Navy. They will be accompanied by Central Region Sea and Air Cadets, Navy League Cadets, the Royal Canadian Legion Colour Party, local veteran organizations, other government departments, the diplomatic community, and the Ottawa Children’s Choir.


May 9, 2017

Royal Canadian Navy to commemorate Battle of the Atlantic

The Canadian Army will conduct Exercise STAGED RESPONSE 2017, an annual emergency response exercise, from May 5 to 7, 2017, in locations throughout western Nova Scotia. This exercise will confirm the 5th Canadian Division’s ability to initiate and support Joint Task Force Atlantic in the conduct of domestic operations in response to major emergencies in Atlantic Canada, in a timely and effective manner.

Humanitarian and Disaster Response is part of the Canadian Armed Forces core mandate and was demonstrated in January, 2017, when 5th Canadian Division troops deployed on Operation LENTUS to support residents of northeastern New Brunswick who were affected by a major ice storm.


May 9, 2017

Canadian Army conducts Emergency Response Exercise in the Atlantic Region

Her Majesty’s Canadian Ships (HMCS) Summerside and Moncton return to Halifax today following NEPTUNE TRIDENT 17-01, a two-month deployment to West Africa, working with allies and partners to build relationships and strengthen maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea.

During their deployment, HMCS Summerside and Moncton, a detachment of personnel from the Royal Canadian Navy’s Maritime Tactical Operations Group (MTOG), and a cadre of liaison and support staff also participated in OBANGAME EXPRESS 17, a 12-day, U.S. Naval Forces Africa-led training event that included maritime security partners from more than 20 countries in West Africa. This was the first time Canada has sent a contingent to participate in this multinational maritime security event.


May 9, 2017

HMCS Summerside and Moncton return from rewarding deployment to West Africa Neptune Trident 17-01



General Jonathan Vance, the Chief of the Defence Staff today released the third Progress Report on eliminating sexual misconduct in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF). The report covers the period from July 2016 through March 2017.


May 3, 2017

The Chief of the Defence Staff releases third Progress Report on Eliminating Sexual Misconduct in the CAF

Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan issued the following statement today after addressing the Conference of Defence Associations Institute on the state of Canada’s defence:

“Over the last year and a half, the Government of Canada has worked hard to address the complex challenges facing the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF). Our comprehensive review of Canada’s defence policy has shown that successive governments have not delivered the stability of predictable, sustainable, long-term funding for Defence.

“Years of inadequate funding have left the CAF lacking the resources they need. From the Army to the Navy to the Air Force – our women and men have not received the equipment and support they need. A prime example is our Cormorant search and rescue helicopters.  These helicopters provide a vital service that Canadians rely on.  Yet the previous Government did not make any provisions for the needed upcoming mid-life upgrades.

“But the resourcing problems that I have found the most troubling are the ones that have directly affected our members. Canada’s governments have failed to properly equip our Reserve Force. Not only is there not enough equipment, but the training to use what equipment they have is lacking. Like our Regular Force, our Reserve Force are tremendously resourceful, and they perform extremely well, despite having been under-funded for so long.

“Governments have a responsibility to care for their militaries, resource them properly, and fund them in a responsible way that meets their needs. Canada’s new defence policy will be a plan to build an even stronger military. Most of all, it will be a plan to care for the women and men who put on the uniform. It will be a plan to care for their families. I look forward to doing right – now and for the long term – by those who defend Canada, our people, and our way of life.”

May 3, 2017

Statement from Defence Minister Sajjan

The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) hosted a “mystery box” cooking challenge today, pitting RCN cooks, culinary students, and local Ottawa chefs against each other in a head-to-head competition designed to test and showcase the navy’s brand-new ovens.

Hosted at Ottawa’s Naval Reserve Division HMCS Carleton, a shore-based unit with a non-marine version of the new oven, the event gave the two teams just three and a half hours from the reveal of the mystery box contents for them to design and execute the delivery of a main course and appetizer using the RCN’s new combi-steam ovens, specially made for Canada by Rational AG


April 25, 2017

Royal Canadian Navy tests new galley equipment with cooking competition

The Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, and the Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defence, today issued the following statement to honour the servicemen and women of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought in the Gallipoli Campaign of the First World War.


April 24, 2017

Minister Hehr and Minister Sajjan mark ANZAC Day

Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Saskatoon, in cooperation with the United States Coast Guard (USCG), seized 464 kg of cocaine in international waters in the eastern Pacific off the coast of Central America on April 6, 2017. Additionally, HMCS Saskatoon assisted the USCG in the disruption of two drug shipments on April 13 and 14, 2017, in international waters in the eastern Pacific.

A maritime patrol aircraft operating with Joint Interagency Task Force South (JIATF-S) spotted a suspicious vessel during a routine patrol on April 6, 2017. HMCS Saskatoon was vectored to intercept the panga-style fishing vessel and launched a rigid hulled inflatable boat with an embarked USCG Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) to board the vessel of interest. The panga-style vessel was investigated by the USCG LEDET and suspected contraband was readily visible. The USCG LEDET then boarded the vessel and three suspected smugglers were apprehended.


April 24, 2017

HMCS Saskatoon seizes 464 kg and assists in disruption of estimated 1,500 kg of cocaine on Operation CARIBBE

On April 18 2017, Lieutenant (Navy) James Clark was sentenced to a reprimand and fine of 2000 dollars after he pleaded guilty on February 22 to four charges related to harassment and making inappropriate comments at a standing court martial in Sydney, Nova Scotia. Chief Military Judge Colonel Mario Dutil rendered his decision at the Asticou Centre in Gatineau, Quebec. 

Quick Facts

The Court Martial of Lt(N) Clark that began on February 20, 2017 was originally dealing with five charges. Lt(N) Clark was found guilty of four charges for conduct to the prejudice of good order and discipline. The remaining charge, for assault was withdrawn by the military prosecutor after Lt(N) Clark was found guilty of the other four charges.

Out of the four charges for which Lt(N) Clark was found guilty, three related to harassment of two military members and one civilian employee. The other charge was for making inappropriate comments to a subordinate member.

All charges occurred at or near Sydney, Nova Scotia between the dates of July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2015.

In addition to a military judge’s sentence, CAF members can be subject to an administrative review, which can result in actions that range from remedial measures up to release from the CAF.

April 18, 2017

Lieutenant (Navy) James Clark Sentenced Following Court Martial

“April is the Month of the Military Child. This presents us with the opportunity to consider the unique circumstances faced by the children of our Canadian women and men in uniform, and the children of Veterans.

“Military families make sacrifices to keep Canada safe. They have to contend with separation from loved ones, and continual change. The adults in the family may be frequently absent, on deployments, training, or exercises. This can be difficult for the children in the home.

“The Department of National Defence (DND) and Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) have worked hard over the years to put in place resources to support our military families. At the same time, greater understanding from the broader community, such as from family doctors and educators, is helping children to cope with the experiences of military life.

“There are over 32 Military Family Resource Centres (MFRCs) located at bases and wings in Canada, along with service points in the U.S., and Europe, providing Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) families with programs and services, information, and referrals to local services and agencies. The MFRCs offer special programs for children, such as deployment workshops and emergency childcare in times of crisis. It was announced in Budget 2017 that the Veteran Family Program would give medically released Veterans and their families access to the programs and services at MFRCs.

“Since 1947, the CAF’s Children's Education Management program has been reducing the impact of relocation on schooling for military families both at home and overseas. If a child’s parent tragically dies as a result of their military service, VAC provides eligible students with educational assistance in the form of monthly support for up to four years, or 36 academic months of educational study. Since 2008, over 2,000 children of CAF personnel have participated in the Support Our Troops National Summer Camps.

“This month, join us in paying tribute to the children of military families for their character and courage. They too are heroes, just like the adults in their lives.”

April 18, 2017

Statement from Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan, and Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence Kent Hehr, to recognize the children of military families

Canada is a leading member of NATO that has always deployed our troops and equipment when and where they are needed most. The Government of Canada is committed to taking concrete action so that Canadians – and people around the world – can feel safe and secure in their communities. Canada will lead a robust multinational NATO battlegroup in Latvia, becoming one of four Framework Nations, as part of the Alliance’s enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) in Central and Eastern Europe.


April 17, 2017

Technical Arrangement to support NATO Enhanced Forward Presence in Latvia

An orphanage in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, will get aid from the Boomer’s Legacy Fund today, thanks to the efforts of a Haitian-born Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) member deployed on Operation HAMLET.

Major David Roberge, a Plans & Evaluation Staff Officer within the United Nations headquarters in Port-au-Prince, spearheaded the initiative which will award the Foyer de l’Action pour l’Avenir $9,775 worth of household items, school materials, potable water and children’s clothing.


April 17, 2017

Deployed CAF members help provide essential supplies to orphanage in Haiti

The Government of Canada remains strongly committed to defeating Da’esh and responding to the needs of people who have been displaced or devastated by war in Iraq, Syria, and the region.

Today, Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan announced that the Government of Canada is extending Canada’s current military contribution to the fight against Da’esh until June 30, 2017.

This extension provides the Government of Canada the time required to assess the evolving nature of the fight while allowing the Canadian Armed Forces to maintain their important contributions to ongoing operations as a responsible coalition partner.


March 31, 2017

Minister Sajjan Announces Extension of Canada’s Contribution to the Global Coalition against Da’esh

The Department of National Defence (DND) and the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) have identified the remains of a First World War soldier found in a field outside Arleux-en-Gohelle, France, as those of Sergeant James Alexander Milne from Kincardineshire, Scotland, and then Calgary, Alberta. Sergeant Milne was a member of the 10th Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force, a unit perpetuated by The Royal Winnipeg Rifles and The Calgary Highlanders.


March 24, 2017

Two Canadian First World War soldiers found in France

Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Oriole departed Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt today for Rendez-vous 2017, a Tall Ships Regatta taking place throughout Quebec and Atlantic Canada to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation.

HMCS Oriole will be visiting nine cities in four provinces during Rendez-vous 2017 to connect with Canadians. The deployment is aimed at providing training opportunities for the crew while cementing relationships with members of the public and informing them about the roles and responsibilities of their


March 16, 2017

HMCS Oriole departs West Coast for Rendez-vous 2017

The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) enrolled the first recruit via the Expedited Reserve Enrolment process last night at a ceremony at Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Donnacona, Montreal’s Naval Reserve Division (NRD).

Strengthening and growing the Naval Reserve is a top priority for the RCN. The enrolment process has been streamlined so that new applicants can now enroll in a matter of days, not months, and begin their basic training almost immediately.


March 15, 2017

Naval Reserve enrolls first candidate through Expedited Enrolment

Halifax, N.S. - Department of National Defence / Royal Canadian Navy  

Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Athabaskan was paid off during a ceremony at HMC Dockyard in Halifax today. HMCS Athabaskan, the last of the four Iroquois-class Area Air Defence destroyers, served the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) with distinction for more than 44 years. Today’s ceremony concludes a significant chapter in RCN history.


March 10, 2017

HMCS Athabaskan takes final salute after 44 years of dedicated service 

Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan today announced a comprehensive program of financial recognition and health care support for the victims of the 1974 accidental grenade explosion at the CFB Valcartier cadet camp. 

The Department of National Defence (DND) and the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) recognize that those affected by this terrible tragedy have struggled with the long-term effects on their health of the trauma they experienced and regret that it took this long to formally recognize and address this tragedy. 

In recognition of their pain and suffering, all former cadets in the room at the time of the explosion and non-professional first responders involved immediately after the explosion will be provided with a universal benevolent payment.


March 9, 2017

Financial recognition and health care support for victims of the 1974 accidental grenade explosion at the CFB Valcartier cadet camp

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan will be joined by Jean Rioux, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence to make an announcement regarding the 1974 accidental grenade explosion at the CFB Valcartier cadet camp. 

Date: Thursday, March 9, 2017

Time: 1:15 p.m. (EST)

Location: House of Commons Foyer, Centre Block, Parliament Hill

March 9, 2017

Minister Sajjan to Make Announcement Regarding 1974 Valcartier Grenade Incident

A Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) Search and Rescue Technician (SAR Tech) based at 17 Wing Winnipeg died in an accident during training near Yorkton, Sask. on Wednesday, March 8, 2017.

Master-Corporal Alfred Barr was a member of 435 Transport and Rescue Squadron based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The RCAF’s Directorate of Flight Safety will be investigating the accident and no further information will be released about the incident while that is ongoing.


“On behalf of all 17 Wing Winnipeg and the entire RCAF, I would like to express my condolences to Master-Corporal Alfred Barr’s family, friends and fellow service members. Master-Corporal Barr was a valuable member of 435 Squadron’s Search and Rescue team, and he will be deeply missed.”

Colonel Andy Cook, 17 Wing Winnipeg Commander 

March 9, 2017

Royal Canadian Air Force Search and Rescue Technician dies in training accident

Chief of the Defence Staff Jonathan Vance issued the following statement on the loss of Master Corporal Alfred Barr:

“This afternoon it hit hard to learn of the tragic loss of Master Corporal Alfred Barr, a Search and Rescue Technician from 435 Transport and Rescue Squadron at 17 Wing Winnipeg, during a training incident near Yorkton, Saskatchewan.

I would like to offer my sincerest sympathies to Master Corporal Barr’s family and friends, as well as the Search and Rescue community during this difficult time.

Every year, our Search and Rescue Squadrons and Technicians conduct thousands of daring exercises and real-life missions to keep Canadians safe. This is not easy work. Today’s loss is a reflection of that selflessness that characterizes their profession, as told in their motto:

That others may live.”

March 9, 2017

Statement from the Chief of the Defence Staff

“It is with great sorrow that I learned today of Master Corporal Alfred Barr’s death, one of Canada’s finest Search and Rescue Technicians, during a training event.

Having had the privilege to meet with members of the Search and Rescue Community, I appreciate the risks they take, day in and day out, in fair and bad weather, to come to the aid of Canadians in peril. This is exactly what Master Corporal Barr was preparing for today.

I wish to offer my most sincere condolences to Master Corporal Barr’s family, friends and colleagues of the Search and Rescue community.

March 9, 2017

Statement from the Minister of National Defence

The new commander of Joint Task Force-Ukraine (JTF-U), Lieutenant-Colonel Mark Lubiniecki, assumed command from Lieutenant-Colonel Wayne Niven today during a ceremony at the International Peacekeeping and Security Centre in Starychi, Ukraine. The ceremony marks the transition between Rotations 2 and 3 of Operation UNIFIER, Canada’s capacity building and military training mission in Ukraine.


March 7, 2017

Change of Command for Operation UNIFIER in Ukraine

Esquimalt, British Columbia – National Defence / Maritime Forces Pacific 

Her Majesty’s Canadian (HMC) Ships Winnipeg and Ottawa departed Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt today for the Indo-Asia-Pacific region for the Royal Canadian Navy’s POSEIDON CUTLASS 17 deployment.

POSEIDON CUTLASS 17 will include numerous opportunities to exercise with regional partner navies at sea, as well as in key events and engagements in ports across the region.


March 6, 2017

Pacific Fleet Warships depart for operations in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region

Today, Major-General Denis Thompson relinquished command of the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) to Australian Major General Simon Stuart, bringing to an end his three-year tour of this multinational force. He was the first Canadian General Officer to hold the appointment since 2001-2004.

Major-General Thompson will be retiring from the Canadian Armed Forces later this year after a distinguished 39-year career. He is a graduate of the Royal Military College and has served in all three Battalions of the Royal Canadian Regiment as well as Joint Task Force 2.


March 1, 2017

Major-General Denis Thompson ends tour as MFO Force Commander in Sinai

The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T) welcomes its first Canadian Exchange Officer as part of a partnership with Defence Research and Development Canada’s Centre for Security Science (DRDC CSS).

The Exchange Officer (EO) program was developed to strengthen cooperation, improve understanding of each Department’s respective operations, and promote innovation and improvements in how each carries out its mission. 

To advance the two countries’ bilateral relationship and implement the EO program, Mr. Colin Murray has been embedded within the DHS S&T structure in Washington, D.C. since mid-December


February 28, 2017

Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate Welcomes First Canadian Exchange Officer

Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan will be in Europe from February 15 to 18 to participate in the NATO Defence Ministers Meeting and the Counter-ISIS Defence Ministerial, held in Brussels, Belgium, as well as the Munich Security Conference, taking place in Munich, Germany.

Discussions at these meetings form the basis for international cooperation to address common areas of concern. In both cities, Minister Sajjan will hold bilateral meetings with Allies, partners, and officials.

February 14, 2017

Defence Minister travels to Europe for international defence engagements

On February 7, 2017, the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service charged a Department of National Defence civilian employee at 5th Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown with one count of sexual assault under the Criminal Code of Canada.

The charge relates to a reported sexual assault against a member of the Canadian Armed Forces while the accused was attending a social function at the base in December 2016.


February 7, 2017

Sexual assault charge laid against civilian employee in Gagetown

Approximately 100 divers from across the Canadian Army, as well as NATO Allies, will participate in Exercise ROGUISH BUOY 2017 near the city of Victoria, British Columbia, from February 7 to 26, 2017. 

The exercise will bring together dive teams to perform a series of activities intended to test current skills such as underwater construction and infrastructure repair, underwater debris clearance, the repair of military floating equipment, and underwater search and recovery.

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February 7, 2017

Canadian Army divers conduct training near Victoria, British Columbia


Anonymous drug testing at the Royal Military College of Canada (RMCC) and the Royal Military College Saint-Jean (RMC Saint-Jean) has determined that the vast majority of Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members at both schools do not use drugs. The blind drug tests were conducted on students and staff in October 2016 as part of the ongoing CAF Drug Control Program.


February 7, 2017

Encouraging Results of Blind Drug Tests at Military Colleges

The Canadian Army will host a Conference of American Armies (CAA) Specialized Conference in Toronto, Ontario, from February 6 to 10, 2017. The CAA is an opportunity for Army leaders from North, Central, and South America and the Caribbean to meet on a regular basis to discuss areas of mutual interest and share lessons learned. The CAA contributes to the security and democratic development of member countries, from a military perspective.


February 7, 2017

Canada hosts Conference of American Armies

Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) St. John’s will work and train in the Black Sea with vessels from several allied and partner nations from January 31 to February 20, 2017, as part of Operation REASSURANCE.


January 31, 2017

HMCS St. Johns operates in the Black Sea during Op REASSURANCE

General Jonathan Vance, Chief of the Defence Staff, is pleased to announce the initial list of Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) General and Flag Officer senior appointments, promotions, and retirements that will occur in 2017.

This announcement results in the largest number of women (nine) in the senior ranks of the CAF in history. These officers lead the CAF in defending our country’s values and interests, here at home and abroad. 

Promotions and appointments resulting from retirements are as follows:

Major-General K.D. McQuillan retired from service, resulting in the following promotions and appointments:


January 31, 2017

Chief of the Defence Staff announces Canadian Armed Forces General and Flag Officer senior appointments, promotions, and retirements

Members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) who have medical conditions and are up for potential promotion, no longer have to feel that they need to choose between the two. Ill and injured members can now be promoted while undergoing medical care.

In the past, ill and injured members may not have sought the care they needed, to avoid an impact on their career. 


January 30, 2017

New CAF Policy Removes Promotion Barriers for Ill and Injured Members

The Government of Canada is committed to providing our women and men in uniform with the equipment and training they need to do their job, at the best value for Canadians. We are announcing today the extension of the contract with CAE for the NATO Flying Training in Canada (NFTC) program for an additional two years. Previously contracted for 21 years and scheduled to expire in 2021, the NFTC program will now run until at least 2023. The modification also includes a one-year option to extend the contract through to 2024.


January 30, 2017

Nato flying training in canada (nftc) program contract modification


Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Charlottetown returned to her home port of Halifax, Nova Scotia today after a successful six-month deployment on Operation REASSURANCE, Canada’s contribution to NATO assurance and deterrence measures aimed at promoting security and stability in Central and Eastern Europe.

HMCS Charlottetown acted as command ship for Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG 2) Task Unit 2. It provided leadership and coordination to a detachment of NATO ships while on operations in the Black and North seas while participating in a series of multinational training events in the North Atlantic.


January 16, 2017

Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Charlottetown returns from Op REASSURANCE

Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) St. John’s officially joined Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2) on its way to the Mediterranean Sea today as part of Canada’s support to NATO assurance and deterrence measures in Central and Eastern Europe.

The deployment of HMCS St. John’s demonstrates Canada’s continued leadership on the world stage by making meaningful and enduring contributions to NATO by performing different tasks ranging from participating in exercises to intervening in operational missions, throughout the region.


January 11, 2017

HMCS St. John’s joins Standing NATO Maritime Group 2

The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring that Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) personnel have modern and functional facilities in which to work and train. To meet the current operational requirements of the Halifax Army Reserve, the construction of a new armoury at Willow Park was announced today by Andy Fillmore, Member of Parliament for Halifax, on behalf of Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan. The new Willow Park Armoury represents an investment of $66 million, and construction is expected to be completed by the fall of 2018.


January 10, 2017

Government of Canada invests in new armoury for Halifax Army Reserve

The Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National of Defence, today made the following statement:

As a partner, friend and ally of Israel, Canada fully supports the right of Israelis to live in peace and security, free from the threat of terrorism and incitement to violence.

“Canada condemns this terrorist attack that targeted Israel’s defence forces and expresses our deepest condolences to the victims and their families.”

January 9, 2017

Minister of National Defence Reacts to attack in Jerusalem

On January 9, 2017, pre-trial motions will begin for the general court martial of Ex-Petty Officer, 2nd Class James Wilks, a former Canadian Armed Forces medical technician, in relation to sexual assault and breach of trust charges.

When:             Monday, January 9, 2017 at 9:30 a.m.

Pre-trial motions expected, January 9 – 13, 2017.

General court martial expected to begin January 16, 2017.

Where:            Asticou Centre,Bloc 2600, Room 2601

241 Boulevard Cité-des-Jeunes, Gatineau (QC)

January 6, 2017

Court Martial Begins for Ex-PO2 James Wilks

Yesterday, Master Corporal Dustin Jackson was found not guilty by a standing court martial in Gatineau, Quebec.

The charges were related to an alleged sexual assault of a female member of the Canadian Armed Forces in Ottawa, Ontario in October, 2011, which was reported in January 2014.   

Quick Facts

Of the two charges which were preferred by the Director of Military Prosecutions on April 13, 2015, Military Judge, Lieutenant-Colonel Louis-Vincent d’Auteuil:

Found Master Corporal Jackson not guilty of one charge of sexual assault under section 130 of the National Defence Act (NDA) (section 271 Criminal Code of Canada).

Found Master Corporal Jackson not guilty of one charge of having behaved in a disgraceful manner under section 93 of the NDA.

The CAF takes all allegations of any form of sexual misconduct seriously and is committed to dealing with them as quickly as possible.

January 5, 2017

Canadian Armed Forces Member was found not guilty of sexual assault at court martial

New stories of football played during World War One are being shared ahead of the 102nd anniversary of 1914’s iconic Christmas Truce match. 

Letters and photographs from the period have been brought to light by Dr Islam Issa, Lecturer in English Literature at Birmingham City University, which show the role football played for soldiers during the Great War. 

The famed Christmas Truce match is believed to have been played in No Man’s Land on Christmas Day 1914 and the discovered items show that football was a regular part of the troops’ everyday lives. 

The pieces include a previously unpublished Christmas letter from a soldier based in France explaining how regularly he trains for the football team, and a photograph showing French children watch a British cavalry regiment play a match against Indian soldiers of the 18th Lancers.


December 19, 2016

New stories of football in World War One brought to light ahead of Christmas Truce anniversary

Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) St. John’s has been selected as the next Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) ship to deploy on Operation REASSURANCE in early 2017, to support Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG 2) in the Mediterranean contributing to regional security and stability.

The deployment of HMCS St. John’s demonstrates Canada’s commitment and continued support to NATO assurance and deterrence measures in Central and Eastern Europe. HMCS St. John’s will depart Halifax in mid-January, replacing HMCS Charlottetown which has been serving with SNMG 2 since July 2016.


December 19, 2016

HMCS St. John’s next Canadian ship to deploy on Operation REASSURANCE in support of Standing NATO Maritime Group 2

Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan was in London, UK, today for a meeting of Defence Ministers from the main force contributors to the Counter-ISIL Military Coalition. The meeting followed up on the discussions held in Paris in October and set the stage for the third large Coalition Ministerial meeting to be held in Spring 2017.

Defence Ministers reviewed progress in the Global Coalition’s efforts to degrade and dismantle Daesh, also known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, and focused on the ongoing military campaign in Mosul. During the meeting, Minister Sajjan highlighted Canada’s whole-of-government efforts which are focused on building the conditions on the ground for longer-term stability and prosperity in the region.


December 15, 2016

Defence Minister Sajjan Attends Counter-ISIL Military Coalition Meeting

The 2nd Canadian Ranger Patrol Group (2 CRPG) is officially launching Exercise AQIKGIK today with a ceremony at the Royal Military College in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu. This exercise, consisting of a snowmobile expedition to Indigenous communities in Northern Quebec and on the Lower North Shore, is in honour of the 70th anniversary of the Canadian Rangers and will take place from January 27 to March 17, 2017.

Six teams of six Canadian Rangers each will visit the 35 communities where the 2 CRPG patrols are located.


December 15, 2016

2nd Canadian Ranger Patrol Group launches inaugural Exercise AQIKGIK

The Government of Canada is committed to providing the women and men of the Canadian Armed Forces with the support they need, including safe and modern work and training facilities. In order to improve the work of the Transport and Electrical and Mechanical Engineering sections, the Department of National Defence has awarded a $46.9 million contract to Cegerco Inc. from Chicoutimi, Quebec,  for the construction work of two buildings at 3 Wing Bagotville, as well as the deconstruction of the old buildings. Work should begin in Spring 2017.


December 14, 2016

New buildings for Transport and Electrical and Mechanical Engineering in Bagotville

Three ships from China’s People’s Liberation Army (Navy) (PLA(N)) arrived in Victoria today as part of a scheduled port visit. The ships will be at anchor outside Esquimalt Harbour for the next two days after which the ships will come alongside at Ogden Point from December 15 to 19.. 

Foreign navy vessels routinely visit Canada, helping to strengthen cooperation, goodwill and trust.


December 14, 2016

Chinese naval ships visit Victoria

Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Vancouver returned to Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Esquimalt today after a successful six-month deployment.

Since departing CFB Esquimalt in June 2016, HMCS Vancouver has operated extensively in the Pacific region. The warship participated in a variety of exercise opportunities, including RIMPAC and KAKADU, and visited several countries in the Asia-Pacific, fostering relationships with partner navies and promoting peace and security in the region as part of WESTPLOY 16.


December 14, 2016

HMCS Vancouver returns home after a six-month deployment

The Government of Canada is seeking proposals from government, industry and academia in support of the Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) Innovation Call for Proposals. Proposed projects will aim to support the development of science and technology (S&T) tools, knowledge and advice that contribute to defending Canada’s sovereignty and safeguarding the lives and livelihoods of Canadians at home and abroad. 

This Innovation Call for Proposals will fund projects under two programs: the All Domain Situational Awareness (ADSA) S&T Program and the Canadian Safety and Security Program (CSSP)


December 12, 2016

Government of Canada Announces 2016 Call For Proposals Bid Submission Period for Science and Technology Investments

Commodore Haydn C. Edmundson of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) officially assumed command of Combined Task Force 150 (CTF 150) on behalf of Canada during a change of command ceremony held at Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) Headquarters in Bahrain today. 

Commodore Edmundson took over command from Commodore Bilal Abdul Nasir of the Pakistan Navy.


December 8, 2016

Canada assumes command of Combined Task Force 150

Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan announced today the delivery of the last mobile workspaces from DEW Engineering and Development for use by the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) as medical and dental clinics, workshops, field kitchens and command posts.

The mobile workspaces or “kitted shelters” are equipped with items including work benches, electronic and office equipment, power generators, and tools. The equipment (kitting) transforms the shelters, which are container-based workspaces that provide environmental protection, into functional units providing crucial support services.


December 7, 2016

New mobile workspaces for the Canadian Armed Forces