Canada First Defence Strategy
The Canada First Defence Strategy represents a major milestone, and reflects the Government's commitment to rebuilding the Canadian Forces into a first-class military capable of providing enhanced security for Canadians. It strikes the right balance between what the Forces need today, and what they will likely need in the future to address a different set of security challenges. Recognizing that the global security environment and the capabilities required to deal effectively with it will continue to evolve, the Government is committed to reviewing this comprehensive plan on a regular basis to ensure that it continues to meet the needs of the military and Canadians.
The implementation of the Canada First Defence Strategy will give the Forces, who sacrifice so much for their country, the resources they need to perform their vital missions to a standard that Canadians expect and deserve.
This 20-year plan to rebuild the Forces, supported by an unprecedented long-term, predictable funding framework, will ensure that Canadians can depend on a military capable of delivering excellence at home, meeting its commitments as a reliable partner in the defence of North America, and projecting leadership abroad in support of international security. It will also allow the Government to develop a stronger, mutually beneficial relationship with industry. Above all, a revitalized and transformed Canadian Forces, working in partnership with the knowledgeable and responsive civilian personnel of the Department, will help ensure the safety and security of our citizens well into the 21st century.