CDS/DM Directive for Sustained Activities in a COVID-19 Environment

Message from the Deputy Minister and Chief of the Defence Staff

October 22, 2020 – Defence Stories

As the number of COVID-19 cases increase across the country, our mission to maintain a healthy fighting force remains.  Mitigation measures remain in place, and we must continue to do our part to reduce the risk of contracting and spreading the disease.

Posted online is the CDS/DM Directive for Sustained Activities in a COVID-19 Environment, which has already been shared through the Chain of Command. This consolidated Directive helps all L1s review their business continuity plans to address the constraints of a COVID-19 environment in its current context. It will also assist them in initiating these plans swiftly, and as required.

We ask that all CAF/DND members be aware of and follow regional orders as they pertain to where you work and live. Of note, Quebec has recently placed restrictions on specific regions while on Friday 9 October, the Ontario government introduced new measures with a focus on Peel region, Toronto, and Ottawa.

Together, DND/CAF can be ready to respond when the nation calls upon us. But to do that, we must stay focused because COVID-19 remains a persistent and long-term threat. Continue to follow the direction of local authorities and your Chain of Command and apply all the self-protection health protocols currently in place.

Thank you for your continued dedication to fight the virus and for your leadership in enforcing public health measures at work, at home, and in our communities.

Jody Thomas
Deputy Minister

General Jonathan Vance
Chief of the Defence Staff

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