Additional information

Corporate information

Organizational profile

Appropriate minister: The Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, PC, OMM, MSM, CD, MP

Associate minister:  The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, PC, MP                                  

Institutional head: Jody Thomas, Deputy Minister

Chief of the Defence Staff: General Jonathan Vance, CMM, MSC CD

Ministerial portfolio:

Enabling instruments:

For further information, see Legislation and National DefenceFootnote lxxiii.

Year of incorporation / commencement: 1923

For additional corporate information visit the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces websiteFootnote lxxiv.

Raison d’être, mandate and role: who we are and what we do

“Raison d’être, mandate and role: who we are and what we do” is available on the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces websiteFootnote lxxv.

Reporting framework

National Defence’s Departmental Results Framework and Program Inventory of record for fiscal year 2019-20 are shown below.

Core Responsibility
Operations
Description

Detect, deter and defend against threats to or attacks on Canada. Assist civil authorities and law enforcement, including counter-terrorism, in support of national security, domestic disasters or major emergencies, and conduct search and rescue operations.
Detect, deter and defend against threats to or attacks on North America in partnership with the United States, including through NORAD.
Lead and/or contribute forces to NATO and coalition efforts to deter and defeat adversaries, including terrorists, to support global stability. Lead and/or contribute to international peace operations and stabilization missions with the United Nations, NATO and other multilateral partners. Engage in capacity building to support the security of other nations and their ability to contribute to security and the security of Canadians abroad. Assist civil authorities and non-governmental partners in responding to international and domestic disasters or major emergencies.

Results and Indicators

Canadians are protected against threats to and attacks on Canada

  • % of requests for assistance that are fulfilled
  • % of force elements that are employed within established timelines
  • % of operations that meet stated objectives
  • Extent to which the Canadian Armed Forces is effective in domestic operations

People in distress receive effective search and rescue response

  • % of Canadian Armed Forces aeronautical search and rescue operations that meet established standards
  • % of coordinated maritime, aeronautical and joint response to search and rescue incidents deemed effective
  • % of requests for Canadian Armed Forces aeronautical search and rescue assistance that are fulfilled

Canada’s Arctic sovereignty is preserved and safeguarded

  • % of Arctic operations and exercises that meet stated objectives 

North America is defended against threats and attacks

  • % of continental operations that meet stated objectives
  • % of Canada’s commitments and obligations to the North American Aerospace Defence Command agreement that are met
  • Extent to which the Canadian Armed Forces is effective in continental operations

Canadian Armed Forces contribute to a more stable and peaceful world

  • % of international operations that meet stated objectives
  • Extent to which the Canadian Armed Forces is effective in international operations
Program Inventory
  • Operations in Canada
  • Operations in North America
  • International Operations
  • Global Engagement
  • Cyber Operations
  • Command, Control and Sustainment of Operations
  • Special Operations
Core Responsibility
Ready Forces
Description

Field combat ready forces able to succeed in an unpredictable and complex security environment in the conduct of concurrent operations associated with all mandated missions.

Results and Indicators

Canadian Armed Forces are ready to conduct concurrent operations

  • % of operations that are capable of being conducted concurrently
  • % of force elements that are ready for operations in accordance with established targets

Military equipment is ready for training and operations

  • % of maritime key fleets that are serviceable to meet training and readiness requirements
  • % of land fleets that are serviceable to meet training and readiness requirements
  • % of aerospace fleets that are serviceable to meet training and readiness requirements
Program Inventory
  • Strategic Command and Control
  • Ready Naval Forces
  • Ready Land Forces
  • Ready Air and Space Forces
  • Ready Special Operations Forces
  • Ready Cyber Forces
  • Ready Intelligence Forces
  • Ready Joint and Combined Forces
  • Ready Health, Military Police and Support Forces
  • Equipment Support
  • Canadian Forces Liaison Council and Employer Support
Core Responsibility
Defence Team
Description

Recruit, develop and support an agile and diverse Defence Team, within a healthy workplace free from harmful behaviour; support military families; and meet the needs of all retiring military personnel, including the ill and injured. Strengthen Canadian communities by investing in youth.

Results and Indicators

Canadian Armed Forces is growing towards its end state of 101,500 personnel

  • % of Regular force positions that are filled
  • % of Reserve force positions that are filled
  • % of occupations with critical shortfalls

The health and well-being of the Defence team is well supported

  • % of military personnel who are medically fit  for their occupation
  • % of military personnel who feel that the Canadian Armed Forces provides a reasonable quality of life for themselves and their families
  • % of Canadian Armed Forces members who report a high level of workplace well-being
  • % of civilian employees who describe the workplace as psychologically healthy

The Defence team reflects the values and diversity of Canadian society

  • % of the Defence team that self-identify as a woman
  • % of the Defence team that self-identify as a visible minority
  • % of the Defence team that self-identify as an indigenous person
  • % of the Defence team that self-identify as victims of harassment
  • % of the Defence team that self-identify as victims of discrimination
  • Annual number of reported incidents of Harmful and Inappropriate Sexual Behaviour in the Defence Team
  • Number and type of actions taken in response to reported Harmful and Inappropriate Sexual Behaviour incidents by the Defence Team
  • % of Defence Team members who have attended a town hall or training session related to Harmful and Inappropriate Sexual Behaviour (Operation HONOUR)

Military families are supported and resilient

  • % of Canadian Armed Forces families that feel they meet the challenges of military life
  • % of Canadian Armed Forces members who are satisfied with the overall support their family receives from the Canadian Armed Forces

Youth in Canada are provided with experience and opportunities that enable a successful transition to adulthood

  • % of the target Canadian youth population that participates in Cadets and Junior Canadian Rangers
Program Inventory
  • Recruitment
  • Individual Training and Professional Military Education
  • Total Health Care
  • Defence Team Management
  • Military Transition
  • Military Member and Family Support
  • Military History and Heritage
  • Military Law Services/ Military Justice Superintendence
  • Ombudsman
  • Cadets and Junior Canadian Rangers (Youth Program)
Core Responsibility
Future Force Design
Description

Develop and design the future force through a deep understanding of the future operating environment and security risks to Canada and Canadian interests. Enhance Defence’s ability to identify, prevent, adapt and respond to a wide range of contingencies through collaborative innovation networks and advanced research.

Results and Indicators

Defence capabilities are designed to meet future threats

  • Extent to which the Future Security Environment assessment remains valid
  • Degree to which future security assessments and capability deductions remain coherent with those of our allies and partners
  • Degree to which future capabilities required to ensure an operational advantage over defence and security threats have been accounted for in defence plans

Defence and security challenges are addressed through innovative solutions

  • % of initiatives and projects that are supported by Defence Science and Technology
  • % of Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) projects that resulted in useful advice, adoption, integration or eventual procurement of a new defence and security capability
Program Inventory
  • Joint Force Development
  • Naval Force Development
  • Land Force Development
  • Air and Space Force Development
  • Special Operations Force Development
  • Cyber and C4I Force Development
  • Intelligence Force Development
  • Science, Technology and Innovation 
Core Responsibility
Procurement of Capabilities
Description

Procure advanced capabilities to maintain an advantage over potential adversaries and to keep pace with Allies, while fully leveraging defence innovation and technology. Streamlined and flexible procurement arrangements ensure Defence is equipped to conduct missions.

Results and Indicators

Defence procurement is streamlined

  • % of projects that meet the approved project development and approval timelines (low risk and low complexity projects)
  • % of projects and services contracts that are awarded within established performance targets

Defence equipment acquisition is well-managed

  • % of capital equipment projects that remain in approved scope
  • % of capital equipment projects that remain on approved schedule
  • % of capital equipment projects that remain within approved expenditure authority 

Defence information technology acquisition is well-managed

  • % of information technology projects that remain in approved scope
  • % of information technology projects that remain on approved schedule
  • % of information technology projects that remain within approved expenditure authority 

Supplies are available and well-managed

  • % of stock that is unavailable to meet forecasted demand
  • % of stock that is identified as surplus
Program Inventory
  • Maritime Equipment Acquisition 
  • Land Equipment Acquisition
  • Aerospace Equipment Acquisition
  • Defence Information Technology Systems Acquisition, Design and Delivery
  • Defence Materiel Management
Core Responsibility
Sustainable Bases, Information Technology Systems and Infrastructure
Description

Develop and manage modern, operational and sustainable bases and infrastructure. Contribute to the achievement of federal environmental targets.

Results and Indicators

Naval, Army and Air Force Bases enable military operations and defence activities

  • Degree to which Bases are supporting their units in carrying out their mandated duties 

Defence infrastructure is well-managed throughout its lifecycle

  • % of real property that is rated as being in fair or better condition
  • % of maintenance and repair investment in relation to the infrastructure portfolio value
  • % of the total real property value that is identified as surplus
Defence activities are carried out in a safe and environmentally responsible manner
  • % of Defence Energy and Environment Strategy commitments that are met or exceeded
  • % of greenhouse gas emissions reduction relative to a 2005 baseline
  • % of light-duty vehicle fleet that is hybrid, plug-in hybrid and/or electric
  • % of reduction in contaminated sites liability based on the closing liability of the previous year
Program Inventory
  • Defence Infrastructure Program Management
  • Defence Infrastructure Construction, Recapitalization and Investment
  • Defence Infrastructure Maintenance, Support and Operations
  • Military Family Housing
  • Defence Information Technology Services and Programme Management
  • Environmental Sustainability and Protection
  • Indigenous Affairs
  • Naval Bases
  • Land Bases
  • Air and Space Wings 
  • Joint, Common and International Bases
  • Military Police Institutional Operations
  • Safety


Changes to the approved reporting framework since 2018–19

Structure 2019-20 2018-19 Change Rationale for change
Core Responsibility Operations
Operations
No change
Not Applicable
Program
Operations in Canada
Operations in Canada
No change
Not Applicable
Program
Operations in North America
Operations in North America
No change
Not Applicable
Program
International Operations
International Operations
No change
Not Applicable
Program
Global Engagement
Global Engagement
No change
Not Applicable
Program
Cyber Operations
Cyber Operations
No change
Not Applicable
Program
Command, Control and Sustainment of Operations
Command, Control and Sustainment of Operations
No change
Not Applicable
Program
Special Operations
Special Operations
No change
Not Applicable
Core Responsibility Ready Forces
Ready Forces
No change
Not Applicable
Program
Strategic Command and Control
Strategic Command and Control
No change
Not Applicable
Program
Ready Naval Forces
Ready Naval Forces
No change
Not Applicable
Program
Ready Land Forces
Ready Land Forces
No change
Not Applicable
Program
Ready Air and Space Forces
Ready Air and Space Forces
No change
Not Applicable
Program
Ready Special Operations Forces
Ready Special Operations Forces
No change
Not Applicable
Program
Ready Cyber Forces
Ready Cyber Forces
No change
Not Applicable
Program
Ready Intelligence Forces
Ready Intelligence Forces
No change
Not Applicable
Program
Ready Joint and Combined Forces
Ready Joint and Combined Forces
No change
Not Applicable
Program
Ready Health, Military Police and Support Forces
Ready Health, Military Police and Support Forces
No change
Not Applicable
Program
Equipment Support
Equipment Support
No change
Not Applicable
Program
Canadian Forces Liaison Council and Employer Support
Canadian Forces Liaison Council and Employer Support
No change
Not Applicable
Core Responsibility Defence Team
Defence Team
No change
Not Applicable
Program
Recruitment
Recruitment
No change
Not Applicable
Program
Individual Training and Professional Military Education
Individual Training and Professional Military Education
No change
Not Applicable
Program
Total Health Care
Total Health Care
No change
Not Applicable
Program
Defence Team Management
Defence Team Management
No change
Not Applicable
Program
Military Transition
Military Transition
No change
Not Applicable
Program
Military Member and Family Support
Military Member and Family Support
No change
Not Applicable
Program
Military History and Heritage
Military History and Heritage
No change
Not Applicable
Program
Military Law Services/Military Justice Superintendence  
Military Law Services/Military Justice Superintendence  
No change
Not Applicable
Program
Ombudsman
Ombudsman
No change
Not Applicable
Program
Cadets and Junior Canadian Rangers (Youth Program)
Cadets and Junior Canadian Rangers (Youth Program)
No change
Not Applicable
Core responsibility Future Force Design
Future Force Design
No change
Not Applicable
Program
Joint Force Development
Joint Force Development
No change
Not Applicable
Program
Naval Force Development
Naval Force Development
No change
Not Applicable
Program
Land Force Development
Land Force Development
No change
Not Applicable
Program
Air and Space Force Development
Air and Space Force Development
No change
Not Applicable
Program
Special Operations Force Development
Special Operations Force Development
No change
Not Applicable
Program
Cyber and C4I Force Development
Cyber and C4I Force Development
No change
Not Applicable
Program
Intelligence Force Development
Intelligence Force Development
No change
Not Applicable
Program
Science Technology and Innovation
Science Technology and Innovation
No change
Not Applicable
Core responsibility Procurement of Capabilities Procurement of Capabilities No change
Not Applicable
Program
Maritime Equipment Acquisition
Maritime Equipment Acquisition
No change
Not Applicable
Program
Land Equipment Acquisition
Land Equipment Acquisition
No change
Not Applicable
Program
Aerospace Equipment Acquisition
Aerospace Equipment Acquisition
No change
Not Applicable
Program
Defence Information Technology Systems Acquisition, Design and Delivery
Defence Information Technology Systems Acquisition, Design and Delivery
No change
Not Applicable
Program
Defence Material Management
Defence Material Management
No change
Not Applicable
Core responsibility Sustainable Bases, IT Systems and Infrastructure
Sustainable Bases, IT Systems and Infrastructure
No change
Not Applicable
Program
Defence Infrastructure Program Management
Defence Infrastructure Program Management
No change
Not Applicable
Program
Defence Infrastructure Construction, Recapitalization and Investment
Defence Infrastructure Construction, Recapitalization and Investment
No change
Not Applicable
Program
Defence Infrastructure Maintenance, Support and Operations
Defence Infrastructure Maintenance, Support and Operations
No change
Not Applicable
Program
Military Family Housing  
Military Family Housing  
No change
Not Applicable
Program
Defence Information Technology Services and Programme Management
Defence Information Technology Services and Programme Management
No change
Not Applicable
Program
Environmental Sustainability and Protection  
Environmental Sustainability and Protection  
No change
Not Applicable
Program
Indigenous Affairs  
Indigenous Affairs  
No change
Not Applicable
Program
Naval Bases  
Naval Bases  
No change
Not Applicable
Program
Land Bases  
Land Bases  
No change
Not Applicable
Program
Air and Space Wings
Air and Space Wings
No change
Not Applicable
Program
Joint, Common and International Bases Joint, Common and International Bases No change
Not Applicable
Program
Military Police Institutional Operations
Military Police Institutional Operations
No change
Not Applicable
Program
Safety
Safety
No change
Not Applicable
Internal Services Internal Services
Internal Services
No change
Not Applicable
Program
Management and Oversight Services
Management and Oversight Services

No change
Not Applicable
Program
Communications Services
Communications Services
No change
Not Applicable
Program
Legal Services
Legal Services
No change
Not Applicable
Program
Human Resources Management Services
Human Resources Management Services
No change
Not Applicable
Program
Financial Management Services
Financial Management Services
No change
Not Applicable
Program
Information Management Services  Information Management Services
No change
Not Applicable
Program
Information Technology  Services
Information Technology Services
No change
Not Applicable
Program
Real Property Management Services
Real Property Management Services
No change
Not Applicable
Program
Materiel Management Services
Materiel Management Services
No change
Not Applicable
Program
Acquisition Management Services
Acquisition Management Services
No change
Not Applicable

Supporting Information on the Program Inventory

Supporting information on planned expenditures, human resources, and results related to the Department of National Defence’s Program Inventory is available in the GC InfoBaseFootnote lxxvi.

Federal tax expenditures

The tax system can be used to achieve public policy objectives through the application of special measures such as low tax rates, exemptions, deductions, deferrals and credits. The Department of Finance Canada publishes cost estimates and projections for these measures each year in the Report on Federal Tax ExpendituresFootnote lxxxiii. This report also provides detailed background information on tax expenditures, including descriptions, objectives, historical information and references to related federal spending programs. The tax measures presented in this report are the responsibility of the Minister of Finance.

Organizational contact information

Department of National Defence
101 Colonel By Drive Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0K2 Canada
Web: https://www.canada.ca/en/department-national-defence.html

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