Peace Support Training Centre (PSTC)
Peace Support Training Centre will provide specific, individual training to prepare selected members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), Other Government Departments (OGD) and foreign military personnel for Full-Spectrum Operations (FSO) within the contemporary operating environment, while fulfilling our Centre of Excellence (CoE) responsibilities.
As a lead Joint, Inter-Agency, Multinational training centre, Peace Support Training Centre’s vision is to be recognized by all Canadian Government Departments as the trainer of choice and experts in the delivery of individual readiness training and campaign-winning enablers to include: Individual Pre-Deployment Training (IPT), Hazardous Environment Training (HET), Military Observer (MilOb), Information Operations (Info Ops), Psychological Operations (PSYOPS) and Civil-Military Cooperation (CIMIC) Courses.
Cmdt, LCol Véronique Gervais
Chief Warrant Officer Ross Weaver
The Peace Support Training Centre (PSTC) is a Joint, Inter-agency, and Multinational training establishment located in Kingston, Ontario.
PSTC supports the intellectual development and training of CAF members from other government departments, and international audiences. PSTC’s activities fall into two overall lines of operation: delivering training and fulfilling centre of excellence responsibilities.
With a training audience varying from civil-military cooperation and psychological operations operators to individual augmentees to headquarters and military observer teams, Peace Support Training Centre is fully oriented toward training for operational deployments.
As part of its efforts to keep pace with the contemporary operating environment, Peace Support Training Centre remains connected to deployed personnel in theatre and organizations capturing lesson learned. PSTC also maintains active relationships with other international training establishments in the fields of Peace Support Operations, Civil-Military Cooperation, Information Operations, and Psychological Operations. By maintaining currency and relevance, PSTC maintains a sound intellectual base and deliver the best possible training.
Peace Support Training Centre is also engaged in the development of capacity building training, such as security force assistance and provincial reconstruction teams. These are designed to strengthen the military contribution to a comprehensive approach that sees a whole of government team protecting national interests.
Overall, PSTC’s training responsibilities are increasingly seen as a set of interrelated and mutually-supporting disciplines. PSTC is contributing to a system of force generation that produces soldiers and leaders ready to conduct campaign-winning activities as part of Canada’s tactical engagement in full spectrum operations in support of strategic goals.
The Peace Support Training Centre stood-up in July 1996 and was formally established as a unit in December 2000. The original role of PSTC was to deliver pre-deployment training for CAF personnel and others selected for Peace Support Operations and to provide Peace Support Operations training assistance to Canadian and foreign organizations.
In 2004, PSTC was assigned the Centre of Excellence and Individual training responsibilities for the Influence Activities to include:
Information Operations; Psychological Operations; and, Civil-Military Cooperation.
The majority of personnel who receive training at Peace Support Training Centre are CAF personnel preparing to deploy on operations. However, as the CAF's presence in Afghanistan came to an end, a greater percentage of our students are civilians from Other Government Departments and foreign militaries.
With a staff around 60 personnel, the Peace Support Training Centre has come a long way from its humble beginnings. It's annual throughput of students is approximately 1,000 people and it continues to develop its capabilities to prepare personnel for any operation in the future.
Peace Support Training Centre
P.O. Box 17000 Station Forces
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