Update 2019 | Message from the Deputy Minister of National Defence and the Chief of the Defence Staff

Since the release of Strong, Secure, Engaged: Canada’s Defence Policy two years ago, the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces has launched processes to equip our people with the tools they need, invested in new defence facilities across the country, and established innovative partnerships so that we are prepared for today’s threats and those that lie ahead.

National Defence is also keeping Canada’s defence and security industries informed of future investment opportunities that will generate jobs and economic growth across the country. Cooperation with industry enhances the Forces’ ability to deliver on its mandate with core military capabilities, and it provides employment to Canadians.

As good stewards of public funds, each edition of the Investment Plan will share the latest available data to reflect changes in the spending profile. These changes reflect National Defence’s iterative planning process. Over the next 10 years, National Defence will be increasing annual defence spending by almost $33 billion — an increase of more than 70%.

The 2019 annual update of Defence Investment Plan 2018 offers Canadians a comprehensive view on hundreds of projects and contracts. These projects and contracts — for investments in capital equipment, information management and information technology, infrastructure, and services — will enable the Forces to keep Canadians safe and to support our allies and partners abroad.

The publication of the Investment Plan in 2018 was a demonstration of our commitment to deliver a higher standard of openness, transparency, and accountability. This annual update reinforces that commitment by providing Canadians with a timely report on how these investments are funded, managed, and executed with public resources.

Jody Thomas
Deputy Minister

General Jonathan Vance
Chief of the Defence Staff

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