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Have Your Say: Defence Policy Review 2016

Terms of Reference


The Defence Policy Review will develop a public policy document that will:


The public policy document will set out:

Other aspects of defence policy, as directed by the Minister of National Defence (MND), will be explored as appropriate.


The defence policy review process will be based on an open and transparent process and informed by broad engagement with interested stakeholders including:

A consultation paper that includes background information and key questions will provide a starting point for public and roundtable consultations.
The Government of Canada will provide updates throughout the process and will seek to connect with Canadians and interested stakeholders through a range of traditional and new media.
A Minister’s Advisory Panel will provide the Minister of National Defence with independent advice throughout the process and to act as a forum to test ideas and proposals.


The public consultation process will be completed by the end of July 2016. The policy review process will be completed by the end of December 2016. A public defence policy document will be published in early 2017.

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