Theme 2: Well-supported, diverse, resilient people and families
The success of Canada’s defence depends on our people. Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members are devoted to serving their country, and we are equally committed to our duty to improve the assistance, services, and care we provide them and their families.
We will also resource the CAF sufficiently, with the right number of personnel possessing the right skills to get the job done. This means we need to rethink ‘how’ we recruit, as well as increase the volume, skill sets, and diversity of ‘who’ we recruit.
To deliver on the goals set out in Strong, Secure, Engaged, the CAF will grow the size of the Regular Force by 3,500 (to 71,500) and the Reserve Force by 1,500 (to 30,000) members. The Department of National Defence (DND) will also hire an additional 1,150 civilian employees to enable and support military operations in fields such as intelligence, logistics, procurement, and maintenance to name a few.
Military members will be supported from when they join, throughout their careers, and at the crucial time of transition when members retire and/or require assistance as veterans.
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Canada Defence Policy
- Theme 1: Canada's new vision for Defence
- Theme 3: Investments to Enhance Capability and Capacity
- Theme 4: Defence innovation
- Theme 5: Modernizing the business of Defence
- Theme 6: Stable, Predictable, Realistic Funding
Canada Defence Policy [PDF - 13 MB]