Canadian Joint Incident Response Unit (CJIRU)

Canadian Joint Incident Response Unit

About the unit

The Canadian Joint Incident Response Unit (CJIRU) is an integral component of CANSOFCOM. It provides a rapid chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) response for special operations missions.

Our responsibilities

Although decontamination is among CJIRU’s capabilities, we focus first and foremost on detecting, identifying and mitigating CBRN risks.

In Canada, we respond in cooperation with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) during CBRN operations.

Our international deployments are usually short and often occur with little or no warning. IN the event of emergency incidents, other Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) teams use our specialized response capability abroad.

Our expertise

We are a high-readiness response unit, not a training organization.

Our unit’s operational speed is often fast or more demanding than other CAF specialties. That is why we use specialized methods and techniques as well as ultra-technical equipment.

Our members must therefore devote a large part of their time to training and education.


Following the tragedy of 9/11, the Joint Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Defence Company (JNBCD Coy) was assigned a new unit equipped with an immediate response capability in the event of CBRN incidents. In 2006, that unit joined CANSOFCOM, and in 2007, was renamed to the CJIRU.

Join our unit

If you are interested in joining, please contact our recruiting office at 1-866-345-7995 or email: CJIRU­

Contact information

Public Affairs Officer
Telephone: 613-945-2209

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