Strengthening Canada by strengthening our Canadian Armed Forces:
What we’ve done:
Providing stable, predictable, and realistic long-term funding by supporting our military with an increase of over 70% in defence spending.
Developed a new Suicide Prevention Strategy between the Canadian Armed Forces and Veterans Affairs Canada to prevent suicide among our military members and Veterans.
Released Strong, Secure, Engaged, a plan to ensure that men and women in uniform have the equipment they need to do their job.
Providing the women and men of the Canadian Armed Forces with the modern and reliable weapons that they need for training and operations, including the purchase of 1148 new machine guns.
Upgrading 141 Light Armoured Vehicles (LAV) to provide our soldiers with the equipment they need to do their jobs safely and effectively.
Maintaining Canada’s strong commitments to the North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD) and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
Announced an open and fair competition to replace the CF-18 fleet with 88 advanced fighter aircraft to improve Canadian Armed Forces’ air control and air attack capability.
Keeping our defence solutions cutting-edge and competitive by investing in military experts to lead research and development projects through the new Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) program.
Renewed our commitment to advance democracy, human rights, and the rule of law in Ukraine, by extending our military training mission in Ukraine.
Supporting peace and stability in the world by renewing our military commitment to the Global Coalition against Daesh until March 2019.
Demonstrating leadership in inclusion and diversity by using Gender-Based Analysis Plus (GBA+) to ensure that our policies and programs serve Canadians of all backgrounds.
Ended Canada’s combat mission in Iraq and Syria.
Lowering the tax burden for military personnel and their families by exempting the military salaries of all Canadian Armed Forces personnel deployed on named international operations from federal income taxes up to and including the pay level of Lieutenant-Colonel.
Modernized the Naval Engineering Test Establishment to support the work and training of the women and men of the Canadian Armed Forces.
Expanding CFB Valcartier to support the maintenance of more than 130 military vehicles that are used to neutralize explosives and munitions, and detect buried explosive devices.
Building a new facility at the 3rd Canadian Division Support Base Edmonton for Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicles (TAPV) and Armoured Engineered Vehicles (AEV).
Committed to strengthening the Canadian Armed Forces by growing the Regular Force to 71,500 members and the Reserves to 30,000.
Offering full-time summer employment to Reservists in their first four years with the Reserves starting in 2018.
There’s still more to do:
Renewing Canada’s focus on surveillance and control of Canadian territory and approaches, particularly our Arctic regions, and increase the size of the Canadian Rangers.
Working with senior leaders of the Canadian Armed Forces to establish and maintain a workplace free from harassment and discrimination.
Being a leader in gender balance in the military by increasing the representation of women over the next 10 years to reach an overall representation of 25% women in the military.
Work to reduce complexity, overhaul service delivery, and strengthen partnerships between National Defence and Veterans Affairs.
Strengthen the Navy and meet the commitments that were made as part of the National Shipbuilding Strategy. This includes announcing secure funding for the full fleet of 15 Canadian Surface Combatants.
Working to help the United Nations respond more quickly to emerging and escalating conflicts and providing well-trained personnel to international initiatives.
Leading an international effort to improve and expand the training of military and civilian personnel deployed on peace operations, while insisting that any peacekeepers involved in misconduct be held accountable by their own country and the United Nations.
Maintaining Canada’s strong commitments to the North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD) and to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
Contributing $452 million to the Mercury Global Project, which launched a new satellite into space, a project that will provide essential communications support for Canadian Armed Forces operations around the globe.