Implementation, Taskings, Governance, Resources, Reporting, Coordinating instructions

Canadian Armed Forces Suicide Prevention Action Plan


The CAF SPAP provides a table form overview of the assigned initiatives that will be implemented to achieve the program objectives identified in the preceding paragraph. Each initiative will identify an Office of Primary Interest (OPI) responsible for implementing the initiative and timelines.  The intent of the CAF SPAP is not simply to be reactive but to be proactive in that it seeks to promote health and well-being as preventative measures. Therefore, there is significant overlap with a number of existing or developing strategies, programs and initiatives. The CAF SPAP will note these supporting initiatives for tracking purposes, ensure initiatives are integrated and mutually supportive, and track the progress of them as they relate to suicide prevention, however it will not directly manage the implementation of these external strategies, programs and initiatives.


Specific tasks are aligned with the LoEs and initiatives identified in Annex A.

In addition:

  1. Commander Military Personnel Command (CMPC) will direct and coordinate the overall implementation of the SPAP; and
  2. Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff (VCDS) and all L1s will support the development and implementation of the SPAP Initiatives.


CMPC is responsible on behalf of the Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS) for directing overall implementation of the SPAP. On CMPC’s behalf, Director General Military Personnel (DGMP) will coordinate, monitor the implementation, and report on the SPAP progress. Specifically, DGMP is responsible for the following:

  1. Ensuring the integration of the Suicide Prevention Strategy with other CAF strategies and programs;
  2. Liaising with VAC on the CAF/VAC Transition LoE;
  3. Developing and maintaining a database of all initiatives that fall under each of the LoEs listed in Annex A;
  4. Monitoring the implementation of the SPAP and ensuring that it is meeting Commander’s intent and defined objectives;
  5. Coordinating all reporting and performance measurement activities identified within the action plan;
  6. Providing all analysis and updates required by CAF Leadership;
  7. Liaising with Director General Military Personnel Research and Analysis (DGMPRA), Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services (CFMWS), and Canadian Forces Health Services (CFHS) concerning proposed and ongoing research linked to the CAF SPAP;
  8. Coordinating responses to senior executive staff, media and Government of Canada (GoC) inquiries around the CAF SPAP or the CAF and VAC Joint Suicide Prevention Strategy; and
  9. Supporting OPIs in the development of their specific initiatives.

Individually assigned OPIs are responsible for the management and implementation of the specific programs and initiatives within their various identified areas of responsibility.


Elements of the DND/CAF that contribute to the CAF SPAP will capture their ongoing resource requirements through the normal Business Planning (BP) process. Additional resources will be required to address gaps in Total Health & Wellness Strategy programs and activities that are identified in the strategic development process. These DND/CAF requirements will be incorporated into L1 Business Planning for FY 2018/19 and subsequent FYs as required.


DGMP is responsible for producing an annual report to the CDS on the overall progress of the initiatives listed in Annex A. These progress reports will include what has been accomplished, and the status of each initiative as well as the identification of any gaps or shortfalls in the program. Responsible L1s and L2s will provide progress reports to DGMP as required for collation and distribution.

Coordinating instructions

The CDS is the final authority for this CAF SPAP. Through CMPC, DGMP is directed to coordinate, monitor and report on the implementation.

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