International Security

Support for Ukraine (Operation UNIFIER)

  • In the face of Russia’s full scale-invasion of Ukraine, we are working closely with our Allies and partners to help Ukraine defend its sovereignty and security.
  • That is why Budget 2022 commits an additional $500 million in military aid for Ukraine.
  • This support is on top of our contributions of over $131 million in military aid to support Ukraine since February 2022.
  • Most recently, we procured over 20,000 artillery rounds of 155 mm NATO standard ammunition for Ukraine, which can be fired from the M777 howitzers that we previously donated.
  • We have also finalized a contract for commercial pattern armoured vehicles to be delivered to Ukraine.
  • Canada has also set up a Coalition air Bridge with two CC-130 tactical aircraft to Europe to transport military equipment from Canada and our Allies and partners towards Ukraine.
  • I am proud to note that these aircraft have now delivered two million pounds of aid so far, and this work continues every single day.
  • All of these actions complement our efforts under Operation UNIFIER, where the Canadian Armed Forces conducted more than 700 course serials, and trained over 33,000 Ukrainian Security Forces personnel from 2015 to January 2022.
  • We remain committed to the people of Ukraine and working with our Allies and partners to support Ukraine in meaningful ways.

If pressed on the provision of further military aid to Ukraine:

  • We continue to analyze options to provide further aid to support Ukraine’s sovereignty and security in effective and meaningful ways.
  • Given operational security concerns, we cannot discuss further specifics at this time.

If pressed on allegations of training extremists:

  • All members deploying on Operation UNIFIER were briefed to help them recognize patches and insignia associated with right-wing extremism.
  • If counterparts or trainees are suspected of holding racist views or belonging to right-wing extremist elements, they are removed immediately from training.
  • The Canadian Armed Forces are committed to promoting tolerance and respect for human rights, and aim to model those values to our training partners.
  • We are committed to ensuring that we have the proper safeguards in place to ensure that those who hold contrary beliefs do not benefit from our training.

Key Facts

  • Military Aid Funding:
    • Committed in Budget 2022: $500M
    • Total committed since February 2022: over $131M
  • Recent Military Aid:
    • The Prime Minister announced that the additional $500M for further military aid to Ukraine announced in Budget 2022 has begun to roll out with an approximately $50M commitment to provide high-resolution satellite imagery, an additional 18 drone cameras, and ammunition.
    • Canada delivered M777 howitzers and associated ammunition, and our Canadian Armed Forces members trained their Ukrainian counterparts, outside of Ukraine, on how to use them.
  • Military Aid Provided since February 2022:
    • Personal protective equipment such as body armour, gas masks, helmets, and other highly specialized pieces of military equipment
    • Anti-armour weapons systems and rocket launchers
    • Approximately 400,000 individual meal packs
    • Small arms and ammunition
    • Funding for modern satellite imagery
    • Heavy artillery from existing Canadian Armed Forces inventory
    • Drone cameras
    • Commercial pattern armoured vehicles
  • Military Equipment Provided From 2015 to January 2022:
    • Body armour
    • Mobile field hospitals
    • Communications gear
    • Explosive disposal equipment


  • Operation REASSURANCE is Canada’s largest international military commitment, involving the deployment of land, sea, and air elements to Central and Eastern Europe in support of our Allies, and the reinforcement of NATO’s Eastern Flank.
  • As part of our renewed commitment, we have deployed up to 460 additional personnel to Operation REASSURANCE, including an Artillery Battery to Latvia.
  • We have also deployed a CP-140 Aurora aircraft and HMCS Halifax with an embarked maritime helicopter.
  • These enhancements bring our commitment to approximately 1,300 members deployed on Operation REASSURANCE.
  • Additionally, two CC-130 Hercules aircraft with up to 50 personnel have been deployed and are supporting Ally and partner efforts in the region.
  • Most recently, we deployed approximately 120 Canadian Armed Forces personnel to assist efforts to support Ukrainian refugees in Poland.
  • Our members are providing healthcare and spiritual services in reception centres currently processing refugees.
  • We are also contributing several planning officers to a Polish-led initiative to coordinate the efforts of humanitarian agencies providing assistance in the region.
  • We will continue working with our Allies and partners to support the people of Ukraine.

If pressed on Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear protection:

  • The health and safety of Canadian Armed Forces members is our utmost priority.
  • National Defence has taken measures to ensure its members are prepared before being deployed at home and abroad.
  • This includes ensuring Canadian Armed Forces members have access to the appropriate protective measures and equipment.

If pressed on additional NATO support:

  • We have placed approximately 3,400 personnel at a higher state of readiness to deploy to the NATO Response Force should these forces be required.

Key Facts

  • March 8, 2022: The Prime Minister announced that Canada will renew its multi-year commitment to Operation REASSURANCE. This announcement is a year ahead of schedule and responds to the changing security situation in Eastern Europe.
  • Approximately 1,300 Canadian Armed Forces members employed on Operation REASSURANCE.
    • Approximately 250 sailors onboard HMCS Montreal, operating with Standing NATO Maritime Group Two;
    • A second frigate, HMCS Halifax, with an embarked maritime helicopter, was re-tasked on April 9 to participate in NATO’s Standing Naval Forces;
    • 700 soldiers leading a NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battle Group in Latvia with an additional battery of M777 artillery guns with forward observers and an electronic warfare troop to bolster the Canadian-led enhanced Forward Presence Battle Group in Latvia;
    • A CP-140 Aurora long range patrol aircraft previously assigned to operations in and around Italy, which now operates in the Euro-Atlantic Area under NATO command and control.
  • Battle Group Latvia: Canada is the lead nation for the multinational NATO Battle Group in Latvia comprised of approximately 1,500 soldiers from 10 Allied nations.
  • NATO’s Multinational Division North: We have recently committed to taking a lead role in operationalizing NATO’s Multinational Division North (MND-N) based in Adazi, Latvia, by contributing a General officer and six staff officers.
  • Air Task Force: Canada periodically deploys CF-18 Hornets and approximately 140 members supported NATO Air Policing in Romania.
    • Most recent deployment: September to December 2021.
    • Additional rotations are scheduled for summer 2022.
  • In addition, Canada has almost 400 CAF personnel in NATO headquarters in Europe and North America making important contributions to Alliance security.
  • Task Force Poland: Canadian Armed Forces members are providing assistance in reception centres operated by the Polish Territorial Defence Force that are designed to coordinate the onward movement of Ukrainian refugees in Poland and across Europe.
    • Approximately 120 have deployed to Poland (with approval to deploy up to 150 Canadian Armed Forces personnel).
    • Initial period of two to three months, after which the need will be reassessed.


  • Operation AEGIS was the Canadian Armed Forces contribution to Canada’s effort to evacuate Canadian citizens and Afghans eligible for resettlement between July 30 and August 27, 2021.
  • These efforts ensured the successful evacuation of approximately 3,700 people from Kabul between August 4 and 26, 2021.
  • National Defence recognizes the sacrifices made by Afghans who supported Canada’s mission in Afghanistan and the dangers they continue to face.
  • That is why National Defence supported Canada’s Special Immigration Measures Program.
  • Upon request, National Defence validated whether an Afghan applicant to the program worked alongside our members, and referred them to Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada for eligibility review.
  • National Defence remains ready to assist the Whole-of-Government effort to resettle 40,000 Afghans in Canada, if needed.

Key Facts

  • Operations: The Canadian Armed Forces provided strategic lift aircraft, and approximately 555 Canadian Armed Forces members supported the evacuation.
    • Strategic Lift Aircraft Deployed: CC-130J Hercules, CC-150 Polaris, and CC-177 Globemaster.
  • Special Immigration Measures (SIMS): The Government of Canada plans to resettle approximately 18,000 individuals and families who had a significant and / or enduring relationship with Canada through their work with National Defence or Global Affairs Canada.
  • This complements the Government’s broader commitment to resettle 40,000 Afghans in Canada.
* As of May 31, over 14,000 Afghans have arrived in Canada under all streams since August 2021

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