Canadian Joint Operations Command (CJOC)

What CJOC does

CJOC leads most Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) operations in Canada, North America, and around the world.

CJOC directs CAF missions from planning to closing, to meet national and international strategic goals. It ensures rapid responses in CAF operations by:

  • planning for contingencies; and
  • establishing structures and processes that can be activated or expanded at short notice for:
    • command-and-control;
    • intelligence; and
    • support.

CJOC structure and roles

CJOC is made up of the following:

  • CAF task forces deployed on operations in Canada and North America;
  • six standing regional Joint Task Force Headquarters across Canada;
  • a Canada-wide network of support units, the Canadian Forces Joint Operational Support Group;
  • CAF task forces deployed on operations in other countries; and
  • CJOC headquarters staff that plan and direct CAF operations.

CJOC is assisted by the:

  • Joint Force Air Component Commander, based in Winnipeg;
  • Maritime Component Commanders, located in Esquimalt and Halifax; and
  • 1st Canadian Division Headquarters, based in Kingston.

The Component Commanders lead the:

  • Royal Canadian Navy;
  • Canadian Army; and
  • Royal Canadian Air Force.

Component Commanders provide insight into the specifics of CAF operations. They take part in contingency planning and readiness activities. They also command and control CAF elements in operations. This is done under CJOC direction.

CJOC also works closely with partners in operations. These include:

  • other Canadian government departments and agencies;
  • the armed forces of traditional allies and nations with shared defence goals; and
  • multinational organizations like NATO and the United Nations (UN).

CJOC directs all CAF operations except those run solely by:

  • Canadian Special Operations Forces Command; and/or
  • NORAD.
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