March 2020 - Commander Canadian Joint Operations Command -  Lieutenant-General Mike Rouleau

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  • Appointed Commander CJOC in June 2018
  • Commander Canadian Special Operations Forces Command: 2014 - 2018
  • Commanding Officer Joint Task Force 2: 2006-2009
  • Special Operations Assaulter Joint Task Force 2, Commander of the Order of Military Merit, Meritorious Service Cross and Governor General’s Commendation


  • Prepare for and conduct operations to defend Canada, assist in the defence of North America, and, as directed, promote peace and security abroad.
  • Command Canada’s deployed military personnel globally
  • Develop, generate and integrate capabilities from Force Generators (e.g. Army, Navy, Air Force) to harmonize activity in the following areas: command and control; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; information operations; influence activities; space operations; cyber support; and operational support.

Key facts

Total Employees:

  • 2924 Total (Civilian and Military)
  • Canadian Joint Operations Command Headquarters: 774
  • Joint Targeting Intelligence Centre: 127
  • Joint Task Force North: 169
  • Canadian Materiel Support Group: 667
  • Canadian Forces Joint Operations Support Group: 1008
  • 1st Canadian Division Headquarters: 146
  • Canadian Joint Warfare Center: 70
  • Canadian Joint Operations Command Outside of Canada: 92


  • $460M Total
  • $123M Local budget
  • $337M Operations Fund Account

Primary location(s):

  • National Capital Region
  • 1 Canadian Division Headquarters: Kingston, Ontario
  • Joint Task Force North: Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

Key Partners


  • Strategic Joint Staff
  • Vice Chief of Defence Staff
  • Canadian Special Operations Forces Command
  • Assistant Deputy Minister (Policy)
  • Royal Canadian Navy, Royal Canadian Airforce, Canadian Army
  • Regional Joint Task Forces
  • Component Commands (Space, Cyber, Air, Maritime)
  • Judge Advocate General


  • Global Affairs Canada
  • Royal Canadian Mounted Police
  • Canadian Coast Guard
  • Public Safety
  • Five-Eyes (US, UK, Australia, New Zealand)
  • North Atlantic Treaty Organization Partners
  • Regional security planning and working groups

Top issues for Canadian Joint Operations Command

[REDACTED]: Maintaining Relevance in the 21st Century

  • Growing strategic competition between states, evolving non-state threats and the increasing centrality of the space and information domains all challenge militaries’ ability to plan and execute successful operations.

Continental Security

  • The North American security context is changing (i.e. growing interest in the Arctic, increased cyber/economic threats).
  • As Canada and the US consider how to modernize their continental defence capabilities, CJOC will inform the discussion with operational perspectives and lessons learned.
  • CJOC is also working with US and other partners to maximize responsiveness to domestic emergencies.

Building Partner Capacity

  • Capacity building is a core mission of the Canadian Armed Forces. It is also central to several ongoing operations (i.e. Ukraine, Latvia, the Middle East).

Joint Force Enablers

  • Discussions on capability development and readiness often focus on the most visible, single service capabilities (e.g. ships, aircraft and land vehicles).
  • CJOC serves as a champion for the critical enabling capabilities that support front end systems, such as:
    • Communications
    • Logistics
    • Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, and
    • Health services.

Integration with other instruments of government

  • As the nature of threats facing Canada evolves, the dividing lines between military, diplomatic, economic and law enforcement roles and responsibilities become increasingly blurred.
  • CJOC will work to build/strengthen relationships with other key national security stakeholders in support of increased whole-of-government analysis, coordination and responsiveness.

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