Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces - Report on Plans and Priorities 2015-16


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1 The Department of National Defence (DND) and the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) are collectively termed “Defence”. The National Defence Act ( recognizes both Canadian Forces (CF) and Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) as appropriate titles for the organization. The term Canadian Forces has been used in this report when necessary to accurately reflect the legal or formal title of a program, document, or similar reference.

2 Communications Security Establishment,

3 Military Police Complaints Commission,

4 Military Grievances External Review Committee,

5 Office of the Communications Security Establishment Commissioner,

6 National Defence Act

7 Emergencies Act

8 Aeronautics Act

9 Fisheries Act

10 Legislation and National Defence,

11 The Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces,

12 Canada First Defence Strategy,

13 Throne Speech 2013 committed the Government to renewing the CFDS,

14 Policy on the Management, Resources, and Results Structures,

15 Notes on Human Resources (FTE):

  • FTE assumptions in this RPP are used as the basis for the allocation of approved financial resources for personnel in the 2015-16 Annual Reference Level Update (ARLU). The ARLU is the basis for financial information reported in both the Main Estimates and the Report on Plans and Priorities.
  • These planning figures may be readjusted over the reporting period.
  • Planned FTE figures are based on planned establishment numbers.
  • Due to rounding, the planned human resources figures may not add up to the totals shown by Program in Section II.

   Regular Force:

  • Regular Force personnel strength is measured by total strength and includes Vote 5 funded personnel and approximately 1,100 members on leave without pay (80% related to parental leave).
    • Vote 5 funds are for Government contingencies, supplementing other appropriations to provide the Government with sufficient flexibility to meet miscellaneous, urgent or unforeseen departmental expenditures between Parliamentary supply periods.
  • While the Regular Force strength target remains 68,000 in accordance with Government direction, the Regular Force is currently about 1,000 personnel under strength due to a slight increase in attrition. Given recruiting and training capacity, it will take some years to recover. Accordingly, the ARLU will forecast an average of personnel expected to be in the Regular Force across the year. Accordingly, the ARLU figures will differ from the Regular Force targets above.


  • The civilian workforce is planned through a salary wage envelope. For reporting purposes, the civilian workforce is measured by full-time equivalents (FTE). The FTE total includes all personnel tenure (indeterminate, term, casual and student employees) actively employed and calculated as person year. For example, two part-time employees may count as one FTE.
  • Planned civilian FTEs include Vote 5 funded personnel.
  • Planned civilian FTEs do not include personnel on leave without pay.
  • Civilian workforce planned FTEs are subject to final budgetary approval.

16 Notes on Human Resources (Reserve Force Personnel): 

  • The Primary Reserve are those personnel working in various capacities with the Canadian Armed Forces where Class A reservists perform part-time work and training, Class B reservists are employed full-time permanent (year-over-year) or perform incremental full-time employment or training for one or more periods of more than 14 but less than 365 consecutive days within any one-year period, and Class C reservists are employed full-time (for operations only) but with the equivalent pay, benefits and liability as a Regular Force member.
  • The majority of Reservists serve on part-time (Class A) service. There is a significant reduction in Class A numbers during the summer as many personnel are away from their home units conducting training on short-term Class B status. In addition, some Primary Reserve members are inactive. For these reasons, total strength is not an accurate representation of those on duty. The portion of Primary Reserve that is on duty and receives payment is counted and reported as the Primary Reserve average paid strength (an annual monthly average).
  • Primary Reserve average paid strength reporting, planning and allocations are based on monthly reports provided by Assistant Deputy Minister (Finance and Corporate Services)/Director Strategic Finance Costing and Assistant Deputy Minister (Information Management)/Director Human Resource Information Management.
  • For details on the Canada’s Reserve Force, see the supporting document on the Defence website,

17 Whole-of-government framework,

18 Descriptors for Government of Canada Outcome Areas,

19 2015-16 Main Estimates,

20 Cost Estimates for CAF Continental Operations,

21 Cost Estimates for CAF International Operations,

22 Operations,

23 Operations in the North,

24 Operations Map,

25 International Operations,

26 Operation ARTEMIS,

27 Operation CALUMET,

28 Operation CROCODILE,

29 Operation SOPRANO,

30 Operation REASSURANCE,

31 Support to Operations,

32 National Search and Rescue Secretariat,

33 Search and Rescue Canada,

34 Operation DRIFTNET,

35 Operation SABOT,

36 Operation PALACI,

37 Canadian Cadet Organizations,

38  Junior Canadian Rangers,

39 Special Operations Forces,

40 Canadian Armed Forces Exercises,

41 Special Operations Forces,

42 Special Operations Forces,

43 Canada’s Reserve Force,

44 Office of the Judge Advocate General,

45 Canada’s Reserve Force,

46 Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy,

47 Defence Procurement Strategy,

48 Defence Acquisition Guide 2014,

49 Investing in Equipment,

50 Canadian Government Defence Procurement,

51 Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy,

52 Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy,

53 Future-Oriented Statement of Operations,

54 Section III: Supplementary Information,

55 Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy,

56 Details on Transfer Payment Programs of $5 Million or More,

57 Disclosure of Transfer Payment Programs Under $5 Million,

58 Status Report on Transformational and Major Crown Projects,

59 Upcoming Internal Audits and Evaluations over the next three fiscal years,

60 Tax Expenditures and Evaluations publication,