Exercises and Operations


The Canadian Army generates well-trained and well-led soldiers that can meet today’s operational challenges. Soldiers develop their skills during exercises and at a number of training centres and schools located across the country. Practice makes perfect! Canadian soldiers develop their skills during exercises, which are simulated operations. Throughout the year, the Canadian Army conducts numerous exercises to ensure our soldiers are always ready for future operations. Find out more about Military exercises.

Exercise COMMON GROUND II 2019

November 12-26, 2019

Gagetown, New Brunswick

Hundreds of soldiers have arrived at 5th Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown (NB) from across Canada to participate in Exercise COMMON GROUND II 2019 from November 12-26.

Hosted by the Combat Training Centre’s Tactics School, Exercise COMMON GROUND II 2019 is the Army’s largest individual training event. It represents a culmination of progressive, intensive, and realistic training to ensure the Army continually enhances its warfighting capabilities and lethality. This exercise is supported by Canadian Armed Forces personnel from across Canada, including elements of 5 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group from Valcartier (Quebec).

Exercise COMMON GROUND II 2019 is vital to the Army’s mandate to produces a strong, proud and increasingly lethal force for future operations. It exposes our members to the doctrine and inherent strengths of the Combined Arms Team within a Battle Group’s context, including the enabling-capabilities of its various components.


May 11-24, 2020

Wainwright, Alberta

As the premier Canadian Army training event of the year, Exercise MAPLE RESOLVE 20 validates the leaders and soldiers of a Brigade Group in the contemporary operating environment using live simulation in a force-on-force exercise.  During the exercise, approximately 5,500 soldiers will test their abilities to integrate with Allies, within a whole of government approach to include non-governmental organizations, while operating within a realistic, complex and challenging combat environment. The exercise, designed and developed by the Canadian Manoeuvre Training Centre, provides Canadian Army leaders, soldiers, other CAF personnel and Allies with a unique opportunity to validate their combat readiness to support concurrent operations.


The Canadian Army plays a vital role in protecting the interests of Canadians both at home and abroad. From Arctic sovereignty patrols to disaster response, from humanitarian support to combat operations, the Canadian Army is ready to serve and stands on guard to protect all Canadians.

The Canadian Army generates well-trained and well-led soldiers for domestic and international operations which are carried out by the Canadian Joint Operations Command.

Domestic Operations

The main role of the Canadian Army is protecting Canadians at home.

On any given day, the Canadian Army is ready to defend Canada and to provide assistance to populations and regions affected by natural disasters, such as floods and forest fires.

Fire fighters in a forest

 OP LENTUS is the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) response to natural disasters in Canada.

Provincial and territorial authorities are the first to respond when a major natural disaster occurs in Canada. If they become overwhelmed, they may ask the CAF for help.  When the CAF responds to such a crisis, it is known as Operation LENTUS.

Operation LENTUS follows an established plan of action to support communities in crisis. This plan can be adapted to multiple situations. These might take the form of forest fires, floods, ice storms, or hurricanes.

Joint Task Forces (JTFs)

The Canadian Armed Forces deliver continental operations through six regional joint task forces.

The Canadian Army is responsible for three of the JTFs:

International Operations

Canadian soldiers must always be ready to participate in the full spectrum of international operations — from humanitarian assistance, to stabilization, to combat. Canadian soldiers are currently engaged in various international operations. The number of Canadian Army personnel deployed at any given period depends on operational requirements.

Black Hawk helicopter during helocast training

Photo by: Sgt Bern LeBlanc

OP REASSURANCE: The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) have deployed personnel in Central and Eastern Europe as part of NATO assurance measures.

Operation REASSURANCE refers to the military activities undertaken by CAF to support NATO assurance measures through the provision of military capabilities for training, exercises, demonstrations and assigned NATO tasks.

Sniper takes a concealed position

Photo by: Canadian Forces Combat Camera

OP UNIFIER: Operation UNIFIER is Canada’s contribution to support Ukrainian forces through capacity building, in coordination with the U.S. and other countries providing similar training assistance. Military assistance is one component of Canada’s support to Ukraine across development, security, democracy, and humanitarian aid.

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