Independent External Comprehensive Review

The release of this report may evoke a range of responses. Should you or someone you know have experienced an incident of sexual misconduct, there are resources available to support current and former members of the Defence Team. The Sexual Misconduct Response Centre (SMRC) provides 24/7 confidential support by telephone at 1-844-750-1648 and by email at A trained counsellor will take the call, listen, discuss the kind of resources best suited to the individual’s needs, and help with any next steps. The SMRC is independent from the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) chain of command and counsellors do not have a duty to report.

On April 29, 2021, the Department of National Defence announced that former Supreme Court Justice Louise Arbour would lead an Independent External Comprehensive Review into Sexual Misconduct and Sexual Harassment in the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces.

According to the Terms of Reference, the aim of the Review is to:

The final report has been delivered, and is now available in an accessible format following its public release.

Madame Arbour provide interim recommendations to the Minister of National Defence, as needed so that the Department take immediate action, where appropriate. The Department published the interim recommendations it received, along with its responses.

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