Canadian Armed Forces and Department of National Defence Parliamentary Program

The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and Department of National Defence (DND) Parliamentary Program is a unique opportunity for parliamentarians to experience first-hand the life of a CAF member. The program offers a perspective on the CAF’s professionalism and dedication, as well as its role at home and in international operations.

During the program, participants will work with CAF members while they perform their day to day activities and will:

  • work in a unique environment
  • attend operational briefings
  • see specialized military equipment
  • witness the teamwork and discipline that allows the CAF to be successful

Most importantly, participants will have the opportunity to work with proud Canadians who serve in the CAF.

The events planned for fall 2018 are:

Sail in a Canadian Patrol Frigate and experience life at sea

Parliamentarians will have access to a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience life aboard one of Canada’s major warships and/or submarines, living among and interacting with the Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN) greatest ambassadors, its sailors, to gain a deeper understanding of their mission in service to Canada. They will also gain a perspective of what life is like at sea and understand the training that each sailor receives in addition to their actual job, seeing first-hand the complexity of each evolution and understanding how each sub-team interacts with others and as a whole ship’s company to produce an operational warship. While on board, elements of experiential exposure will include functions of the following:

  • operations room;
  • bridge team;
  • weapons;
  • engineering;
  • safety of life;
  • casualty clearance;
  • firefighting & flood control;
  • boat operations
  • flight operations
  • Rules of Engagement; and
  • other aspects of a warship’s potential missions at sea.

A designated Senior RCN leader of Flag Officer rank will lead and accompany Parliamentarians for the duration of their participation in the program. This occurs at-sea and ashore, providing strategic context behind the extremely important work that RCN sailors do on, below and above the ocean in service to Canada, concurrent with showcasing the skills and technology the RCN employs in defence of Canada and in operations around the world.

The events planned for summer are:

HMCS Charlottetown

Date: 12-16 August 2018
Where: St. John’s, NL to Iqaluit, NU
Attendance: Up to 21 participants

Date: 16-18 August 2018
Where: Iqaluit, NU to Nuuk, Greenland
Attendance: Up to 9 participants

Date: 28-30 August 2018
Where: Iqaluit, NU to Nuuk, Greenland
Attendance: Up to 21 participants

Date: 31 August-04 September 2018
Where: Nuuk, Greenland to Charlottetown, PE
Attendance: Up to 21 participants

HMCS Vancouver

Date: 9-11 October 2018
Where: San Francisco, USA – Esquimalt, BC
Attendance: Up to 15 participants

HMCS Charlottetown

Date: 14-15 November 2018
Where: Halifax, NS – round-trip
Attendance: Up to 15 participants

Video: Your Royal Canadian Navy 2017

Get boots on the ground experience for a day during Exercise COLLABORATIVE SPIRIT

Exercise COLLABORATIVE SPIRIT, conducted at the Canadian Forces Base Petawawa, is a fully immersive experience where you will have an opportunity to be a “soldier for a day”. During the day, you will witness some of the combat capability of the Canadian Army (CA), be immersed in CA training, and have the opportunity to interact with soldiers. COLLABORATIVE SPIRIT is an opportunity for our guests to experience the combat capability of the Canadian Army and to understand some of the rigours and challenges faced by our women and men in uniform.

Date: 27 September 2018
Where: Canadian Forces Base Petawawa, Ontario
Attendance: Up to 15 participants


Learn First-hand how the Royal Canadian Air Force conducts life-saving missions and guarantees Canadian sovereignty

The Royal Canadian Air Force presents a one-day program at 17 Wing Winnipeg that will demonstrate the daily operations of Canada’s North American Defence operations from the NORAD Region Headquarters. A demonstration from CF-188 Hornet pilots (with their aircraft) will be part of the visit.

Date: 26 November 2018
Where: 17 Wing Winnipeg, Manitoba
Attendance: Up to 10 participants; minimum 3 required
RSVP: by 16 November 2018

Video: Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) Operations (2017)


For more information on the 2018 program, parliamentarians can contact the Directorate of Stakeholder Engagement.

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