Update 2019 | Message from the Minister of National Defence

I am pleased to present the first annual update to Defence Investment Plan 2018. The Investment Plan provides important direction to guide how National Defence funding is managed and spent. This Annual Update 2019 reflects the progress that the Defence Team has made on investments in key equipment, infrastructure, and services over the past year. It continues to deliver on our commitment in Strong, Secure, Engaged: Canada’s Defence Policy to provide Canadians with greater transparency on defence spending and more information on our government’s defence investments.

We have made steady progress since the defence policy was announced in June 2017. At its core, the policy is about caring for and supporting our members in uniform. Investing in the Canadian Armed Forces is integral to doing that. By ensuring that the Canadian Armed Forces has the capabilities and infrastructure to excel across the full spectrum of military operations, we are enabling our people to succeed in a complex security environment.

This update highlights important work being done to improve the defence procurement process, streamline its governance, and strengthen information management and information technology to continue to deliver results for Canadians. It also draws attention to the work that we are doing to equip members of the Defence Team with the knowledge and training required to manage the business of defence effectively.

Improving how Defence does business will ensure that our military gets the equipment and facilities that it needs when it needs it, while providing value for money and ensuring economic benefits for Canada. Ultimately, this allows the Defence Team to meet Canada’s defence needs now and into the future.

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The Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, PC, OMM, MSM, CD, MP
Minister of National Defence

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