Supplementary information

Corporate information

Organizational profile 

Appropriate Minister: The Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, PC, OMM, MSM, CD, MP

Associate Minister: The Honourable Kent Hehr, PC, MP

Institutional Head: John Forster, Deputy Minister

Chief of the Defence Staff: General Jonathan Vance, CMM, MSC, CD

Ministerial portfolio:

Enabling Instruments:

For further information, see Legislation and National Defence54

Year of incorporation / commencement: 1923

For additional corporate information on National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces, see the Department’s website55

Reporting framework 

The Government of Canada’s Management, Resources and Results Structure 56 (MRRS) is the foundation of a government-wide approach aimed at strengthening the management and accountability of public expenditures and clearly demonstrating results for Canadians. The Program Alignment Architecture (PAA) is part of the MRRS. National Defence’s PAA shows how its programs align with the Department’s two strategic outcomes. Internal Services is a stand-alone program which defines activities and resources that support the organization’s program needs and corporate obligations.

The Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces’ Strategic Outcomes and Program Alignment Architecture of record for 2017–18 are shown below:

Strategic Outcome: Defence Operations and Services Improve Stability and Security, and Promote Canadian Interests and Values
1.0   Program: Defence Combat and Support Operations
        1.1   Sub-Program: Domestic and Continental Defence Operations
                     1.1.1   Sub-Sub-Program: Operations to Defend Canada Against Armed Threats
                     1.1.2   Sub-Sub-Program: Ongoing Defence, Security and Sovereignty of Canada
                     1.1.3   Sub-Sub-Program: Ongoing Defence Operations through NORAD
                     1.1.4   Sub-Sub-Program: Ongoing Continental Defence Operations in Cooperation with the 
                                 United States
         1.2    Sub-Program: International Combat Operations
                      1.2.1   Sub-Sub-Program: International Operations over Extended Periods
                      1.2.2   Sub-Sub-Program: International Crisis and Surge Response Operations
                      1.2.3   Sub-Sub-Program: Ongoing Defence Operations through Standing NATO 
          1.3    Sub-Program: Ongoing Centralized Operations and Operational Enablement
                       1.3.1  Sub-Sub-Program: Overarching Command and Control of Domestic and International 
                       1.3.2  Sub-Sub-Program: Ongoing Defence Intelligence Operations
                       1.3.3  Sub-Sub-Program: Operational Support Services
                       1.3.4  Sub-Sub-Program: Military Diplomacy and Global Engagement
2.0   Program: Defence Services and Contributions to Government
         2.1    Sub-Program: Disaster Relief and Humanitarian Operations
                       2.1.1   Sub-Sub-Program: Domestic and Continental Assistance and Response Operations
                       2.1.2   Sub-Sub-Program: International Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response
                       2.1.3   Sub-Sub-Program: Non-Combatant Evacuation Operations
         2.2    Sub-Program: Defence Services for Canadian Safety and Security
                       2.2.1   Sub-Sub-Program: Counter Terrorism, Terrorism Event Response and Consequence
                                   Management Operations
                       2.2.2   Sub-Sub-Program: Assistance to Major Canadian Event Operations
                       2.2.3   Sub-Sub-Program: National Search and Rescue Program
                       2.2.4   Sub-Sub-Program: Search and Rescue Operations
                       2.2.5   Sub-Sub-Program: Defence Services to Other Government Departments and
                       2.2.6   Sub-Sub-Program: Canadian Safety and Security Program
         2.3    Sub-Program: Military Heritage and Outreach
                       2.3.1   Sub-Sub-Program: Military History, Heritage and Awareness
                       2.3.2   Sub-Sub-Program: Youth Program
Strategic Outcome: Defence Remains Continually Prepared to Deliver National Defence and Defence Services in Alignment with Canadian Interests and Values
3.0   Program:
Defence Ready Force Element Production
         3.1    Sub-Program: Force Elements Readiness Sustainment
                       3.1.1   Sub-Sub-Program: Maritime Roles - Readiness Sustainment
                       3.1.2   Sub-Sub-Program: Land Roles - Readiness Sustainment
                       3.1.3   Sub-Sub-Program: Aerospace Roles - Readiness Sustainment
                       3.1.4   Sub-Sub-Program: Special Operations Roles - Readiness Sustainment
                       3.1.5   Sub-Sub-Program: Joint and Common Roles - Readiness Sustainment
         3.2    Sub-Program: Force Elements Integration Training
                       3.2.1   Sub-Sub-Program: Maritime Environment - Integration Training
                       3.2.2   Sub-Sub-Program: Land Environment - Integration Training
                       3.2.3   Sub-Sub-Program: Aerospace Environment - Integration Training
                       3.2.4   Sub-Sub-Program: Special Operations - Integration Training
                       3.2.5   Sub-Sub-Program: Joint - Integration Training
                       3.2.6   Sub-Sub-Program: International and Domestic - Interoperability Training
         3.3    Sub-Program: Force Elements Production
                       3.3.1   Sub-Sub-Program: Maritime Environment - Force Element Production
                       3.3.2   Sub-Sub-Program: Land Environment - Force Element Production
                       3.3.3   Sub-Sub-Program: Aerospace Environment - Force Element Production
                       3.3.4   Sub-Sub-Program: Special Operations - Force Element Production
                       3.3.5   Sub-Sub-Program: Joint and Common - Force Element Production
         3.4    Sub-Program: Operational Readiness Production, Coordination and Command and Control
                       3.4.1   Sub-Sub-Program: Maritime Environment - Force Element Production, Coordination
                                   and Command and Control
                       3.4.2   Sub-Sub-Program: Land Environment - Force Element Production, Coordination and
                                   Command and Control
                       3.4.3   Sub-Sub-Program: Aerospace Environment - Force Element Production,
                                   Coordination and Command and Control
                       3.4.4   Sub-Sub-Program: Special Operations Forces - Force Element Production,
                                   Coordination and Command and Control
                       3.4.5   Sub-Sub-Program: Joint and Common - Force Elements Production, Coordination
                                   and Command and Control
4.0  Program: Defence Capability Element Production
        4.1    Sub-Program: Military Personnel and Organization Lifecycle
                      4.1.1   Sub-Sub-Program: Military Personnel - Regular Force Portfolio Management
                      4.1.2   Sub-Sub-Program: Military Personnel - Reserve Force Portfolio Management
                      4.1.3   Sub-Sub-Program: Military Personnel - Recruitment
                      4.1.4   Sub-Sub-Program: Military Personnel - Transition and Release
                      4.1.5   Sub-Sub-Program: Military Personnel - Professional Development Training
                      4.1.6   Sub-Sub-Program: Military Personnel - Occupation Training
                      4.1.7   Sub-Sub-Program: Military Personnel - Morale and Well Being
                      4.1.8   Sub-Sub-Program: Military Personnel - Health Care
                      4.1.9   Sub-Sub-Program: Organization - Security, Protection, Justice and Safety
                      4.1.10 Sub-Sub-Program: Military Personnel and Organization - Strategic Coordination,
                                  Development and Control
        4.2    Sub-Program: Materiel Lifecycle
                      4.2.1   Sub-Sub-Program: Materiel - Portfolio Management
                      4.2.2   Sub-Sub-Program: Materiel – Acquisition
                      4.2.3   Sub-Sub-Program: Materiel - Equipment Upgrade and Insertion
                      4.2.4   Sub-Sub-Program: Materiel - Divestment and Disposal
                      4.2.5   Sub-Sub-Program: Materiel - Engineering, Test, Production and Maintenance
                      4.2.6   Sub-Sub-Program: Materiel - Inventory Management and Distribution
                      4.2.7   Sub-Sub-Program: Materiel - Strategic Coordination, Development and Control
        4.3    Sub-Program: Real Property Lifecycle
                      4.3.1   Sub-Sub-Program: Real Property - Portfolio Management
                      4.3.2   Sub-Sub-Program: Real Property - Acquisition
                      4.3.3   Sub-Sub-Program: Real Property - Divestment and Disposal
                      4.3.4   Sub-Sub-Program: Real Property - Operations, Maintenance and Repair
                      4.3.5   Sub-Sub-Program: Real Property - Environment and Remediation
                      4.3.6   Sub-Sub-Program: Real Property - Strategic Coordination, Development and Control
        4.4    Sub-Program: Information Systems Lifecycle
                      4.4.1   Sub-Sub-Program: Info Systems - Portfolio Management
                      4.4.2   Sub-Sub-Program: Info Systems - Acquisition, Development and Deployment
                      4.4.3   Sub-Sub-Program: Info Systems - System Management and User Support
                      4.4.4   Sub-Sub-Program: Info Systems - Strategic Coordination, Development and Control
5.0   Program: Defence Capability Development and Research
         5.1    Sub-Program: Capability Design, Development and Integration
                       5.1.1   Sub-Sub-Program: Capability Design and Management
                       5.1.2   Sub-Sub-Program: Concept, Doctrine Development and Warfare Experimentation
                       5.1.3   Sub-Sub-Program: Science and Systems Development and Integration
         5.2    Sub-Program: Strategic Direction and Planning Support
                       5.2.1   Sub-Sub-Program: Strategic Capability Planning Support
                       5.2.2   Sub-Sub-Program: Strategic Force Posture Planning Support
6.0  Program: Internal Services
         6.1    Sub-Program: Management and Oversight
         6.2    Sub-Program: Communications
         6.3    Sub-Program: Legal Services
         6.4    Sub-Program: Human Resources Management
         6.5    Sub-Program: Financial Management
         6.6    Sub-Program: Information Management
         6.7    Sub-Program: Information Technology         
         6.8    Sub-Program: Real Property
         6.9    Sub-Program: Materiel
         6.10  Sub-Program: Acquisition

Supporting information on lower-level programs 

Supporting information on lower-level programs is available on the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces’ website 57 and in the TBS InfoBase. 58

Supplementary information tables 

The following supplementary information tables are available on our website 59:

Federal tax expenditures 

The tax system can be used to achieve public policy objectives through the application of special measures such as low tax rates, exemptions, deductions, deferrals and credits. The Department of Finance Canada publishes cost estimates and projections for these measures annually in the Report of Federal Tax Expenditures 65. This report also provides detailed background information on tax expenditures, including descriptions, objectives, historical information and references to related federal spending programs. The tax measures presented in this report are the responsibility of the Minister of Finance.

Organizational contact information

Department of National Defence
101 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, Ontario  K1A 0K2