The Canadian Army of Today


The Canadian Army is the land component of the Canadian Armed Forces and the largest of its three elements, the other two being the Royal Canadian Navy and the Royal Canadian Air Force.

Through programs at bases, armouries and training centres across the country, the Canadian Army produces soldiers who are well-equipped, well-led and ready for operations at home and abroad. Canadian soldiers train and are ready for a wide range of scenarios. For the purposes of domestic or expeditionary missions, Canadian Army units are placed under the command of Canadian Joint Operations Command.

Canadian soldiers hail from all corners of this country and reflect Canadian society in many ways. The Canadian Army is proud of its soldiers’ involvement in communities beyond the parameters of its defence mandate. Units initiate and participate in events to remember the past, promote esprit de corps and celebrate Canadian heritage. Parades, festivals and concerts are just some of the ways that Canadians citizens get to interact with their soldiers. Thanks primarily to the citizen-soldiers of Canada’s Reserve Force, the Canadian Army has a presence in virtually every region of the country.



The Canadian Army - as part of the Canadian Armed Forces - will be a soldier-centric, professional and integrated force achieving operational excellence at home and abroad. While working alongside Whole of Government colleagues, key allies and partners, the Canadian Army will be a scalable, agile, and responsive force that operates among populations to deliver decisive land power in the achievement of Canadian defence objectives.



The Canadian Army will posture for concurrent operations by generating combat effective, multi-purpose land forces to meet Canada’s defence objectives.



The Army protects Canadians and our interests by:

  • defending Canadian territory
  • maintaining Canada's sovereignty by providing land surveillance and combat-ready forces
  • contributing to the collective defence of North America
  • providing armed and unarmed assistance to civil authorities when needed to maintain public order and security
  • assisting provincial and other authorities with natural disasters including earthquakes, floods, storms, forest fires and other emergencies
  • supporting Canadian interests abroad, by providing forces to the UN, NATO, and other operations involving more than two nations
  • serving as peacekeepers
  • providing humanitarian assistance



The Canadian Army is comprised of the:

  • 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Canadian Divisions, the Army formations in Quebec, Western Canada, Ontario and Atlantic Canada, respectively. They are each responsible for providing combat-ready land forces, conducting general-purpose training and providing support services to other organizations as requested;
  • Canadian Army Doctrine and Training Centre, responsible for planning and managing the training program of the Canadian Army;
  • Army Reserve Force, organized into ten Brigade Groups across the country, and,
  • Canadian Rangers, a sub-component of the Canadian Armed Forces Reserve that supports national-security and public-safety missions in Canada’s northern, coastal and isolated areas.
  •  23,000 members serve as full-time soldiers in the Regular Force  
  • 19,000 are part-time, volunteer soldiers in the Reserve Force
    • including 5,300 Rangers who serve in sparsely settled northern, coastal and isolated areas of Canada 
  • 3,300 civilian employees who support the Army  
  • 63 Regular Force and 123 Reserve Force Units in 127 Communities 
  • 185 Ranger Patrols in 414 Communities

Soldiers belong to different trades comprised of the:

  • Royal Canadian Armoured Corps
  • The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery
  • Corps of Royal Canadian Engineers
  • Royal Canadian Corps of Signals
  • Royal Canadian Infantry Corps
  • Logisticians
  • Royal Canadian Medical Services
  • Royal Canadian Dental Corps
  • Corps of Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
  • Royal Canadian Chaplain Services
  • Military Police
  • Legal personnel
  • Musicians
  • Personnel selection and training development staff
  • Public affairs and intelligence personnel
  • As well as members of the Royal Canadian Army Cadet Instructor Cadre.
Regular Force

The Regular Force has three Mechanized Brigade Groups composed of units stationed in Western Canada, Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada.

Each brigade is made up of

  • three infantry battalions (two mechanized, one light),
  • an armoured regiment
  • an artillery regiment
  • a combat engineer regiment
  • a reconnaissance squadron
  • appropriate combat support, communications, medical and service support units

As well, there is an engineer support regiment, air defence regiment, and electronic warfare squadron.

Reserve Force

The Army Reserve Force is organized into ten Brigade Groups spread across the country.

In total there are:

  •  51 infantry battalions
  •  19 logistic units
  •  21 armoured units
  •  17 artillery units
  •  12 engineer units
  •  10 signals regiments
  •  four military police units
  •  four intelligence units

The Canadian Rangers are organized into:

  • 5 Canadian Ranger Patrol Groups
  • 179 Ranger Patrols in 414 Communities
Canadian Army Doctrine and Training Centre (CADTC)

The Canadian Army Doctrine and Training Centre (CADTC) is an important part of Army Headquarters. This formation is headquartered in Kingston, Ontario, and controls all individual and collective training activities for the Army. It has several components in various locations across Canada:

 Kingston, Ontario

  • CADTC Headquarters
  • Peace Support Training Centre
  • Canadian Army Command and Staff College
  • 2 Electronic Warfare Squadron

Gagetown, New Brunswick and Trenton, Ontario

  • Combat Training Centre (CTC)

Wainwright, Alberta

  • Canadian Manoeuvre Training Centre (CMTC)
Canadian Combat Support Brigade (CCSB)

The CCSB is the Canadian Army’s center of excellence for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, electronic warfare and information operations. It is under the command of the 5th Canadian Division and has units located at

Kingston, Ontario

  • Influence Activities Task Force
  • Canadian Army Intelligence Regiment
  • 21 Electronic Warfare Regiment

Gagetown, New Brunswick

  • 4th Artillery (General Support)
  • 4 Engineer Support Regiment
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