First 90 Days: Key Files, Events and Recommended Briefings

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  • This document and the enclosed infographic identify decisions or events that will involve or will be relevant to the Minister of National Defence in the medium term after taking office. This document also includes recommendations for verbal briefings in the first 90 days.

Memoranda to Cabinet


  • Other mission renewals: Op CALUMET, Op FREQUENCE and Op ACKEE will also be up for renewal in the short term, but are traditionally done through a Ministerial Letter.

Events & Recommended Travel

  • Halifax International Security Forum: The 2021 Halifax International Security Forum (HISF) is scheduled to take place on 19-21 November 2021, in-person in Halifax, Nova Scotia, public health regulations permitting. Should an in-person event not be possible, it is expected that HISF will take place in a primarily virtual format again. The event is organized by HISF Inc., an independent non-profit organization, and has been co-hosted by the MND since it started in 2009. HISF is an international security conference intended to foster discussion and innovative thinking on global security challenges, as well as promote Canadian leadership in international defence and security. It typically attracts high-level participation from a number of key allies, including the US.
    • The MND has also received an invitation to participate in the International Institute for Strategic Studies Manama Dialogue, in Bahrain, on 19-21 November 2021. The event is scheduled to occur in person, if conditions permit. [REDACTED].
  • UN Peacekeeping Summit: The Republic of Korea will be hosting on 7-8 December 2021 the next UN Peacekeeping Ministerial Summit, to which both the MND and Minister of Foreign Affairs are invited. This is a pledging conference in which participating countries are expected to announce new commitments. [REDACTED].


  • C-22 9mm Pistol – Canadian International Trade Tribunal Challenge: The C-22 9mm pistol request for proposal (RFP) is set to close on 16 Nov 2021. It is drawing a lot of attention from industry, and one company has filed a complaint. [REDACTED]. The MND could be requested to make an announcement.
  • Ministerial Approval on  the following procurement projects will be sought:


  • The following projects will require Treasury Board Secretariat approval, and therefore Ministerial approval beforehand:


Reports and Audits

  • Internal Audit and Evaluation Reports: The Minister’s Office is generally briefed on internal audits and evaluations prior to publishing. For awareness, the Assessment on the status of implementation of the Deschamps recommendations/Office of the Auditor General Management Action Plans, anticipated in fall 2021, has potential for high media/political interest.
  • National Security Intelligence Review Agency (NSIRA) Annual Reviews:
    • Review of Departmental Implementation of the Avoiding Complicity Act (ACA) 2020 – In the previous 2019 Report, NSIRA raised concerns regarding the lack of standardized country/entity assessments.
    • Security of Canada Information Disclosure Act (SCIDA) Review 2020 – NSIRA has joined with the Office of the Privacy Commissioner to review departmental compliance with the Act.
    • Both reports are expected late fall 2021 and the MND will be expected to review Whole of Government responses to recommendations.
  • Newfoundland and Labrador (NL) Ground Search and Rescue (GSAR) Inquiry: This inquiry was established in January 2021, with the objective to review policies and selected NL GSAR cases, including the 2012 case of Burton Winters. DND/CAF is participating in the Inquiry as well as other federal agencies including the RCMP. The roundtables are currently underway with the final report scheduled to be submitted on or before 30 November 2021. Media and provincial political interest is expected.



Climate Change

  • The MND will present to the NATO Military Committee Canada’s formal offer to host a NATO Centre of Excellence (COE) on Climate and Security in November 2021. The COE will provide Allies a central location to pool knowledge and develop responses to the security impacts of climate change. The offer will consist of a letter and COE concept, co-signed by the MND and the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Recommended Visits and Phone Calls

The following recommendations are limited to visits and phone calls that are considered higher priority. Further recommendations for other and broader engagements may follow depending on the evolution of various initiatives.


  • CFB Esquimalt, to greet HMCS Winnipeg back from deployment in December 2021
  • Washington, Canadian Embassy and US Secretary of Defence
  • Op REASSURANCE (Latvia) and Op UNIFIER (Ukraine)



  • Ministerial colleagues with a nexus with the Defence mandate, such as the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister of Public Safety.
  • Premiers of Northwest Territories, Yukon, and Nunavut (after their territorial elections) with regards to DND/CAF plans, footprint and operations in the North.


  • US Secretary of Defence (in addition to, or as possible alternative to visit) – notably to reaffirm Canada’s commitment to continental defence and NORAD modernization, in alignment with the high-level priorities identified in the Roadmap for a Renewed US-Canada Partnership that was jointly announced in February 2021.
  • Commander NORAD – to discuss continental defence and NORAD modernization in particular.

Five Eyes

  • Secretary/Ministers of Defence of United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand.


  • Mexico’s Secretary of Defense – [REDACTED] for Canadian defence engagement and key partner in North American and Western Hemisphere security


  • France’s Minister of Defence – Canada and France have robust bilateral relations, including extensive defence cooperation. [REDACTED]. Reaffirming our strong bilateral relationship is also important [REDACTED].
  • Ukraine’s Minister of National Defence – to underscore Canada’s continued commitment to Ukraine’s defence, security and integrity, as Canada is a leading contributor, and Op UNIFIER [REDACTED].

Middle East



  • Japan’s Minister of Defense – [REDACTED] and this would be an opportunity to reconfirm an invitation for a visit to Canada when public health conditions permit.
  • Vietnam’s Minister of Defence – [REDACTED] and maintain recent momentum in growing the defence relationship.
  • Republic of Korea’s Minister of National Defense – [REDACTED] and discuss the Minister’s intent to travel to Seoul for the UN Peacekeeping Summit in December 2021 [REDACTED].


Recommended Briefing Sessions

Session Briefing Briefers
1. Welcome Brief and Executive Discussion DM, CDS
2. Legal Framework and Authorities and the Military Justice System JAG
3. Independent External Comprehensive Review into Harassment and Sexual Misconduct (Arbour) VCDS, JAG, CFLA, CPCC
4. Culture Change CPCC, SMRC
5. Global Threats and Risks CFINTCOM
6. National Defence in a time of Global Reordering ADM(Pol)
8. Public Affairs ADM(PA)
9. Canadian Armed Forces Operations CDS, SJS, ADM(Pol)
10. Strategic Defence Policy (SSE) ADM(Pol)
11. Continental Defence ADM(Pol), CFD
12. Defence Procurement ADM(Mat)
13. National Defence spending and role in economic recovery post pandemic ADM(Fin), ADM(IE), ADM(S&T), ADM(Pol)
14. Below Threshold Conflict ADM(Pol)
15. Arctic ADM(Pol), CJOC, ADM(IE)
16. Climate ADM(Pol), ADM(IE), CFINTCOM
17. People MPC
18. Infrastructure ADM(IE)
19. Vice Chief of Defence Staff VCDS
20. The Royal Canadian Navy RCN
21. The Royal Canadian Air Force RCAF
22. The Canadian Army CA
23. Canadian Joint Operations Command CJOC
24. Canadian Special Operations Forces Command CANSOFCOM
25. Canadian Forces Intelligence Command CFINTCOM
26. Modern Deterrence / US Concept of Integrated Deterrence ADM(Pol)
27. Portfolio agencies Agency heads
28. Search and Rescue CJOC, RCAF
  • Long description of the infographic

    Events are subject to change.

    International Events

    • October-December 2021
      • [REDACTED] (TBC)
    • November 2021
      • 19-21 Nov – HISF Halifax
      • 19-21 Nov – IISS Manama Dialogue, Bahrain
    • December 2021
      • 7-8 Dec – UN Peacekeeping Ministerial Seoul, South Korea
    • February 2022
      • [REDACTED]
      • NATO Defence Ministers’ Meeting, Belgium & Munich Security Conference, Germany (TBC)
    • June 2022
      • Shangri-La Dialogue, Singapore (TBC)
      • NATO Defence Ministers’ Meeting (TBC – late June)
      • NATO Leaders’ Summit, Madrid (TBC – June/July)

    Parliamentary Events

    • October
      • 26 Oct – Cabinet announced
    • November 2021
      • 22 Nov – Parliament returns
    • December 2021
      • 17 Dec – Parliament and Cabinet rise for winter recess
    • January 2022
      • 31 Jan – Parliament to return from winter recess
    • March 2022
      • Federal Budget 2022 (TBC)
    • February-May 2022
      • Anticipated Major Senior Officials Committee Appearances – Winter/Spring
        • Supplementary Estimates C (TBD)
        • A/CDS on state of the CAF (TBD)
        • Continental Defence (TBD)
        • Main Estimates (TBD)
        • Major Procurement (jets, ships, etc) (TBD)
    • April-May 2022
      • Update / report to NDDN on implementation of Fish Report (Spring)
    • June 2022
      • 23 June – Parliament rises for summer
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