Planned results: what we want to achieve this year and beyond

Core Responsibilities

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.

Planning highlights

Operations are the raison d’être of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF). To deliver on Canada’s defence objectives, the CAF must be able to undertake its eight core missions as set out in SSE to ensure Canada remains Strong at home, Secure in North America and Engaged in the world.

The Canadian Joint Operations Command v (CJOC) conducts CAF operations at home, across North America, and around the world. CJOC directs missions from planning to closing, and ensures national strategic goals are met.

When the CAF deploy on operations around the world, we are committed to ensuring gender perspectives are included among key planning considerations and in the conduct of operations. Armed conflict, natural disasters and humanitarian crises affect various people differently, and the different ways that they are affected can be better understood by examining gender perspectives as well as a range of other socio-economic factors such as age, ethnicity, or language. Incorporating gender perspectives into the planning, execution and evaluation of operations increases effectiveness and enhances the understanding of the challenges faced by populations in these areas.

The Canadian National Action Plan on United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325, NATO policy and guidance and Government of Canada direction on Gender Based Analysis Plus are now fully integrated into CAF planning and operations and will be further integrated into the wider CAF institution by 2019.

Planned Costs for Major Canadian Armed Forces Operations vi and information on current CAF operations and exercises vii are available on the National Defence website.

Departmental Result 1.1 – Canadians are protected against threats to and attacks on Canada

  • Maintain a continuous watch over Canada’s land mass, air and maritime approaches and space and cyber domains to take action against threats before they reach Canadian shores and to respond appropriately to contingencies and requests for assistance.
  • Assume an assertive posture in the cyber domain by hardening our defences, and by improving the capability to conduct active cyber operations against potential adversaries in the context of government-authorized military missions.
  • The Canadian Special Operations Forces will remain positioned to detect, identify, confront and defeat terrorist threats to Canadians and Canadian interests at home and abroad through a cooperative joint interagency and multinational approach.
  • As a key partner in Canada’s National Security community, the CAF will strengthen its collaboration with, and support to, other government departments and agencies to improve the nation’s ability to detect, deter and degrade threats to Canadians and Canadian interests.
Planned results
Departmental Results Departmental Result Indicators Target Date to achieve
target
2014-15
Actual results
2015-16
Actual results
2016-17
Actual results
1.1 Canadians are protected against threats to and attacks on Canada % of requests for assistance that are fulfilled 100% 31 March 2019 Not Available Not Available

Not Available

New indicator as of 2018-19

% of force elements that are employed within established timelines 100% 31 March 2019 Not Available Not Available Not Available New indicator as of 2018-19
% of operations that meet stated objectives 100% 31 March 2019 100% 100% 100%

Note: For more information about National Defence performance indicators, please visit GC InfoBase viii.

Departmental Result 1.2 – People in need in Canada are assisted in times of natural disasters and other emergencies

  • Respond to a range of domestic emergencies by providing military support to civilian organizations on national security and law enforcement matters, such as rapid disaster response, medical evacuations and other humanitarian incidents, if requested by the responsible provincial, territorial or municipal authority.
  • Focus on our primary responsibilities of providing aeronautical Search and Rescue, coordinating the aeronautical and maritime Search and Rescue system, as well as assisting in ground Search and Rescue efforts which include Canadian Rangers and Primary Reserve members.
Planned results
Departmental Results Departmental Result Indicators Target Date to achieve target 2014-15 Actual results 2015-16 Actual resutls 2016-17 Actual results
1.2 People in need in Canada are assisted in times of natural disasters and other emergencies % of search and rescue responses that meet established standards 100% 31 March 2019 Not Available Not Available

Not Available

New Indicator as of 2018-19

% of co-ordinated maritime, aeronautical and joint response to search and rescue incidents deemed effective 100% 31 March 2019 100% 100% 100%
% of requests for assistance that are fulfilled 100% 31 March 2019 Not Available Not Available

Not Available

New indicator as of 2018-19

Note: For more information about National Defence performance indicators, please visit GC InfoBase ix.

Departmental Result 1.3 – Canada’s Arctic sovereignty is preserved and safeguarded

  • Enhance the mobility, reach and footprint of the CAF in Canada’s North through the increased support to operations, exercises, and demonstrate the ability to project and sustain forces into the region.
  • Enhance our engagement and interoperability with international military and security partners, and improve coordination and cooperation with whole-of-government operations through the conduct of annual northern operations and multinational Arctic exercises – Operation NANOOK.
  • Advance interoperability, situational awareness and information sharing initiatives through NATO engagements, the Arctic Security Forces Roundtable discussions and Tri-Command Staff Talks.
  • Enhance and expand the training and effectiveness of the Canadian Rangers to improve their functional capabilities within the CAF. This includes a planned increase in the number of Canadian Ranger Patrols from 180 to 192 in fiscal year 2018-19.
  • Deliver a dedicated Government of Canada docking and refueling facility in the Arctic. Complete Nanisivik Naval Facility project construction activities in summer 2018 with the aim to become operational in summer 2019.
  • Leverage the CAF Arctic Training Centre in Resolute Bay, Nunavut - a permanent and strategic location for staging and force projection across the high Arctic- to pre-position equipment and vehicles, as well as a command post for emergency operations and disaster response in support of civilian authorities and to further support northern operations and exercises.
  • Develop an Army Arctic Strategy in support of Arctic campaign plans.
Planned results
Departmental Results Departmental Result Indicators Target Date to achieve target 2014-15 Actual results 2015-16 Actual results 2016-17 Actual results
1.3 Canada's Arctic sovereignty is preserved and safeguarded % of Arctic operations and exercises that meet stated objectives 100% 31 March 2019 100% 100% 100%

Note: For more information about National Defence performance indicators, please visit GC InfoBase x.


Arctic Security Forces Roundtable and Northern Flanks Conference

Photo credit: Master Seaman Peter Reed, CFB Shearwater, Nova Scotia

The Arctic Security Forces Roundtable and Northern Flanks Conference is a collaborative forum that seeks to promote regional understanding, dialogue and cooperation among the twelve member nations: Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, the Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States. An annual event, created in 2011 by the United States, European Command, and the Norwegian Defence Staff, the 2018 conference is being hosted by Canada and is scheduled to occur from 1 to 3 May 2018 in Halifax, Nova Scotia.


Departmental Result 1.4 – North America is defended against threats and attacks

  • Collaborate with our allies, regional partners and other Canadian government departments to detect, confront and defeat trans-regional threats, including from violent extremist organisations, before they reach our borders. This includes multiple regional capacity-building initiatives with partners around the globe.
  • Through the provision of information and intelligence by the three NORAD regions and other partner organizations, continuously monitor current aerospace and maritime conditions, including warning, assessment and characterization of attack, to ensure the defence of North America.
  • Expand Canada’s capacity to meet NORAD commitments by improving aerospace domain awareness and response through the implementation of the Canadian Air Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ) expansion. The ADIZ is a buffer zone of internationally-recognized airspace surrounding North America that facilitates the identification of aircraft well before they would enter sovereign Canadian or U.S. airspace. It is airspace of defined dimensions within which the ready identification, location, and control of airborne vehicles are required.
  • As part of Operation CARIBBE, provide CAF resources to include personnel, Her Majesty’s Canadian Ships (HMCS), and aircraft to Operation MARTILLO, a US-led Joint Interagency Task Force – South effort by the nations of the Western Hemisphere and Europe to prevent illicit trafficking by transnational organized crime in the Caribbean Basin, the Eastern Pacific Ocean, and the littoral waters of Central America.
Planned results
Departmental Results Departmental Result Indicators Target Date to achieve target 2014-15 Actual results 2015-16 Actual results 2016-17 Actual results
1.4 North America is defended against threats and attacks % of continental operations that meet stated objectives 100% 31 March 2019 100% 100% 100%
% of Canada's commitments and obligations to the North American Aerospace Defence Command agreement that are met 100% 31 March 2019 Not Available Not Available

Not Available

New indicator as of 2018-19

Note: For more information about National Defence performance indicators, please visit GC InfoBase xi.

Departmental Result 1.5 – Canadian Armed Forces contribute to a more stable and peaceful world

  • In support of NATO assurance and deterrence measures:
    • Deploy maritime, land and periodic air forces under Operation REASSURANCE with the aim of promoting security and stability in the region; and
    • Provide a robust multinational battlegroup in Latvia as one of the four Framework Nations (alongside Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States) supported by the Task Force Latvia Headquarters.
  • Based on the government’s announcement to rejoin NATO’s Airborne Warning and Control System program, support the Alliance’s ability to conduct long-range aerial surveillance, and to command and control forces from the air by contributing to the program’s Operations and Support budget.
  • Continue to support NATO operations in Kosovo under Operation KOBOLD, to maintain a safe and secure environment, and in Iceland to provide an air surveillance and interception capability (Operation IGNITION).
  • Continue to play a leadership role in Operation ARTEMIS, and fulfill our commitment to Combined Task Force 150 for the conduct of counter-terrorism and maritime security operations across the Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean region.
  • Through Operation IMPACT, remain a committed partner to the multinational coalition to dismantle and defeat Daesh, through:
    • Contributing to a whole-of-government approach to security, stabilization, humanitarian and development assistance in response to the crises in Iraq and Syria, and their impact on Jordan and Lebanon;
    • Focusing our efforts on training, intelligence and aiding humanitarian support in Iraq and Syria; and
    • Responding to coalition needs.
  • Under the rubric of the Multinational Joint Commission, continue to provide military training and capacity building to Ukraine forces’ personnel under Operation UNIFIER to support the Ukraine’s efforts to maintain sovereignty, security, and stability. Focus primarily on tactical soldier training, also known as small team training, which consists of individual weapons training, marksmanship, reconnaissance, tactical movement, explosive threat recognition, communication, combat survival, and ethics training.
  • Continue the CAF initiative to incorporate training for Ukrainian police teams on how to better respond to gender-based violence and ensure that policewomen have access to Canadian training on modern policing techniques.
  • Play an important role in United Nations (UN) peacekeeping in contribution to broader government objectives and whole-of-government efforts to prevent conflict, stabilize fragile situations and combat threats. With this in mind, we are making available for possible deployment to UN peace operations the following capabilities:
    • Tactical airlift support for up to 12 months to help the UN address critical gaps around the ability to transport troops, equipment, supplies, and food to support ongoing missions and the rapid deployment of UN forces;
    • An Aviation Task Force of medium utility and armed helicopters for up to 12 months; and
    • A Quick Reaction Force that includes approximately 200 personnel and accompanying equipment.
  • Develop and implement innovative training for peace operations, by helping to enhance the overall effectiveness of UN operations, including through support for the Elsie Initiative for Women in Peace Operations. Training support will include:
    • A new Canadian Training and Advisory Team to work with a partner nation before – and importantly, during – a deployment to enhance the partner nation’s contribution to a given mission; and
    • Activities to meet UN needs in various training centers and schools, as well as contributions to mobile training teams.
  • Incorporate gender perspectives into defence planning. Continue to integrate guidance provided from United Nations Security Council Resolutions (UNSCR), the Canadian National Action Plan on UNSCR 1325, NATO policy and guidance and Government of Canada direction on Gender Based Analysis Plus into CAF planning and operations and expand into the wider CAF institution.
  • Collaborate with Global Affairs Canada in the development of the Departmental International Engagement Plan, to enable Canada’s contributions to a more stable and peaceful world.
  • Maintain increased situational awareness, enabling early strategic warning of emerging crises, in conjunction with our NATO and Five Eyes partners, via timely and credible intelligence processing, exploitation and dissemination.
Planned results
Departmental Results Departmental Result Indicators Target Date to achieve target 2014-15 Actual results 2015-16 Actual results 2016-17 Actual results
1.5 Canadian Armed Forces contribute to a more stable and peaceful world % of international operations that meet stated objectives 100% 31 March 2019 99% 99% 98%

Note: For more information about National Defence performance indicators, please visit GC InfoBase xii.

Operation REASSURANCE

Photo credit: Corporal Jordan Lobb, Combat Camera

Photo: Canadian soldiers with NATO's enhanced Forward Presence Battlegroup Latvia coordinate a plan with a Polish tank commander on August 24, 2017, during the Certification Exercise being held at Camp Adazi, Latvia.

The CAF has members serving on Operation REASSURANCE in Central and Eastern Europe. They are there as part of NATO assurance and deterrence measures. These measures aim to reinforce NATO’s collective defence. It also shows the strength of Allied solidarity.

A recent addition to Operation REASSURANCE is the Enhanced Forward Presence Battlegroup, which involves the deployment of about 450 Canadian Army members to Latvia. They are leading a NATO battlegroup comprising military members from several nations, including Albania, Canada, Italy, Poland, Slovenia, and Spain. This battlegroup will work as part of the Latvian Land Forces Infantry Brigade.


Budgetary financial resources (dollars)
2018-19 Main Estimates 2018-19 Planned spending 2019-20 Planned spending 2020-21 Planned spending
752,722,921 752,722,921 759,571,058

771,658,649

Human resources (full-time equivalents)
2018-19 Planned full-time equivalents 2019-20 Planned full-time equivalents 2020-21 Planned full-time equivalents
2,477.12 2,492.60 2,508.08

Note: Financial, human resources and performance information for the National Defence’s Program inventory is available in the GC InfoBase xiii.

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