Strong, Secure, Engaged: Canada's Defence Policy

Canada’s defence policy – Strong, Secure, Engaged – will provide Canada with an agile, multi-purpose combat-ready military, operated by highly trained, well-equipped women and men, secure in the knowledge that they have the full support of their government and their fellow Canadians.

Latest updates

Learn about what the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces are doing to make this policy a reality. Here are some of the most recent highlights.

Defence Investment Plan 2018

Theme: Stable, Predictable, Realistic Funding

National Defence launches Investment Plan to improve openness, accountability and results in Defence spending.

Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS)

Theme: Defence innovation

Learn about the Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security Program.

Suicide Prevention Strategy

Theme: Well-supported, diverse, resilient people and families

The Government of Canada is committed to providing the best care available to our service members and Veterans.

Full-Time Summer Employment Program

Theme: Well-supported, diverse, resilient people and families

Through this initiative, Army Reserve members will receive competitive pay, learn valuable military skills, and gain experience that will set them up for success.

Integrating Australian Jets into the Current Royal Canadian Air Force Fighter Fleet

Theme: Investments to enhance capability and capacity

Canada recently announced its decision to purchase Australian F-18 aircraft to supplement the current fleet of fighter aircraft.

2017 UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial conference

Theme: Canada's vision for defence

Canada is proud to have hosted the 2017 UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial conference on November 14-15, at the Vancouver Convention Center.

Peace Support Training Centre (Kingston)

Theme: Canada's vision for defence

The newly constructed Peace Support Training Centre will continue to provide the CAF and allied military personnel with improved training in preparation for deployment while focusing on multi-national cooperation.

Cyber Operator Occupation

Theme: Canada's vision for defence

The new Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) Cyber Operator occupation has been created and the first Cyber Operators were inaugurated on November 3, 2017.

Military Family Resource Centre Funding

Theme: Well-supported, diverse, resilient people and families

$6 million per year in new funding to modernize the Military Family Services Program and provide additional support to military families.

New Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicle facility

Theme: Modernizing the business of Defence

All new infrastructure will meet industry-recognized standards, such as the LEED Silver certification or equivalent.

Defence Energy and Environment Strategy (DEES)

Theme: Modernizing the business of Defence

This forward-looking plan outlines the Department of National Defence’s commitment to transform its approach to energy and environmental management.

Themes

Learn how Canada will anticipate emerging threats and challenges, adapt to changing circumstances, and act effectively in cooperation with our allies and partners.

Canada’s vision for Defence

Learn how Canada will anticipate emerging threats and challenges, adapt to changing circumstances, and act effectively in cooperation with our allies and partners.

Well-supported, diverse, resilient people and families

See how personnel are supported from when they join, throughout their career, and at the crucial time of transition when members retire and/or require assistance as veterans.

Investments to Enhance Capability and Capacity

Discover how Canada plans to renew, replace, and maintain core defence equipment while continuing to support Canada’s multi-role, combat-capable defence force.

Defence innovation

Find out how the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) will adapt to an ever-changing and highly volatile global security environment.

Modernizing the business of Defence

See how the Defence Team delivers top quality services that support defence infrastructure, promote environmental sustainability, and focus on modernizing the defence procurement process.

Stable, Predictable, Realistic Funding

Find out about how the Government of Canada will support defence needs at home and abroad.

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