Canadian Army

The Canadian Army is the land component and largest section of the Canadian Armed Forces:

  • 21,600 members serve as full-time soldiers in the Regular Force
  • 24,000 are part-time, volunteer soldiers in the Reserve Force
    • including 5,000 Rangers who serve in sparsely settled northern, coastal and isolated areas of Canada
  • 4,900 civilian employees who support the Army

The Army protects Canadians and our interests by

  • defending Canadian territory
  • maintaining Canada's sovereignty by providing land surveillance and combat-ready forces
  • contributing to the collective defence of North America
  • providing armed and unarmed assistance to civil authorities when needed to maintain public order and security
  • assisting provincial and other authorities with natural disasters including earthquakes, floods, storms, forest fires and other emergencies
  • supporting Canadian interests abroad, by providing forces to the United Nations (UN), the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and other operations involving more than two nations
  • serving as peacekeepers
  • providing humanitarian assistance


To generate combat-effective, multi-purpose land forces to meet Canada’s defence objectives.


The Canadian Army will produce combat-effective and sustainable forces that deliver focused and integrated land effects across the full spectrum of operations.

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