The CF Mission
The mission of the Canadian Forces is to:
- protect Canada,
- defend North America in co operation with the U.S., and
- contribute to international peace and security.
On any given day, about 8,000 Canadian Forces members - one third of our deployable force - are preparing for, engaged in or returning from an overseas mission. At home, Canadian Forces can bring the best available military resources from across Canada to bear on a crisis or threat, wherever it occurs, nation-wide.
The Canadian Forces now has an agile, high-readiness Special Operations Forces capable of operating across the spectrum of conflict at home and abroad; it is comprised of Joint Task Force 2 (JTF-2), the Special Operations Aviation Squadron, the Joint Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Defence Company, and the Canadian Special Operations Regiment.
Canada First Defence Strategy
The Canada First Defence Strategy (CFDS) puts forward clear roles and missions for the Canadian Forces, outlining a level of ambition that will enable the CF to maintain the ability to deliver excellence at home, be a strong and reliable partner in the defence of North America, and project leadership abroad by making meaningful contributions to operations overseas.
The CFDS is based on an extensive and rigorous analysis of the risks and threats facing Canada in the years to come, as well as the government's vision for defence. Through stable and predictable defence funding, including balanced investments across the four pillars upon which military capabilities are built - personnel, equipment, readiness and infrastructure - the Strategy will increase the size of the Forces and replace their core capabilities. It also presents unprecedented opportunities for Canadian industry in its reach for global excellence.
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