DAOD 1000-9, Policy Framework for Department of National Defence Employee Management

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Operating Principles
  3. Functional Areas
  4. Administration
  5. Responsibility
  6. References

1. Introduction

Date of Issue: 2017-01-20

Date of last modification: 2023-04-13

Application: This Defence Administrative Order and Directive (DAOD) is a directive that applies to employees of the Department of National Defence (DND employees) and an order that applies to officers and non-commissioned members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF members).

Approval Authorities:

Enquiries: Director Strategic Corporate Services (DSCS)

2. Operating Principles


2.1 This policy framework DAOD sets out the functional areas for DND employee management in which the Assistant Deputy Minister (Human Resources – Civilian) (ADM(HR-Civ)) and Chief Professional Conduct and Culture (CPCC) have been assigned functional authority to develop and issue policy and instructional DAOD. In developing DAOD within this framework, the ADM(HR-Civ) and CPCC are encouraged to proceed in a collaborative and consultative manner to ensure policy coherence.

2.2 This DAOD must be read in conjunction with DAOD 1000-0, Foundation Framework for Defence Administrative Orders and Directives.

Use of Other Instruments

2.3 The ADM(HR-Civ) and CPCC may also develop and issue manuals, standard operating procedures and other similar instruments other than DAOD in an assigned functional area to provide detailed instruction and guidance for DND employees and CAF members. These other instruments must be identified in an appropriate policy or instructional DAOD issued by the ADM(HR-Civ) and CPCC.

3. Functional Areas

Assigned Functional Areas

3.1 The DM and the CDS assign functional authority to L1 advisors and other senior officials to develop and issue DAOD in the functional areas of DND employee management as set out in the following table:

L1 Advisors and Other Senior Officials Functional Areas


  • DND employees human resource management
  • DND employees on Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) operations
  • Joint with CPCC:
    • human rights discrimination
    • official languages
    • employment equity, diversity, and inclusion
  • Joint with the Chief of Military Personnel (CMP):
    • common DND employees and CAF members learning and professional development. 
  • Joint with CPCC and CMP:
    • leadership competency enhancement programs
  • workplace harassment and violence prevention
  • harassment and discrimination prevention and resolution
  • conflict resolution
  • anti-racism

Assignment of Duties by the CDS

3.2 With the approval of this DAOD, the CDS assigns duties to the ADM(HR-Civ) and CPCC to issue appropriate DAOD and other instruments as required in the functional areas listed in para 3.1. By this assignment of duties, ADM(HR-Civ) and CPCC may issue DAOD and other instruments as orders to CAF members, in accordance with QR&O article 1.235, Authority of Other Persons to Issue Orders and Instructions, that are required to give effect to the decisions and carry out the directions of the Government of Canada and the Minister of National Defence.

4. Administration

Review Requirements

4.1 The Corporate Administrative Management Policy Steering Committee (CAMPSC) must ensure that the functional areas listed in paragraph 3.1 are reviewed every five years and, if necessary, modified to ensure that the authorizations are still current.

DAOD Monitoring and Reporting

4.2 Monitoring of the DAOD authorized under this DAOD must be conducted by ADM(HR-Civ) and CPCC or as otherwise directed by the DM or the CDS. Each DAOD issued under this policy framework must be reviewed every three to five years, as determined by the ADM(HR-Civ) and CPCC. The review schedule of the DAOD must be provided by ADM(HR-Civ) and CPCC to the DSCS, who collates and manages the information for periodic review by the CAMPSC.


4.3 The ADM(HR-Civ) and CPCC may address compliance in the DAOD issued under this policy framework.

Consequences of Non-Compliance

4.4 Non-compliance with this DAOD may have consequences for both the Department of National Defence and the CAF as institutions.

5. Responsibility


5.1 In the case of any non-compliance with this DAOD, the ADM(HR-Civ) and CPCC may notify the DM or the CDS, as applicable.

6. References

Acts, Regulations, Central Agency Policies and Policy DAOD

Other References

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