Defence Portfolio

Judge Advocate General (JAG)

The Judge Advocate General (JAG) is appointed by the Governor in Council, and acts as the legal adviser to the Governor General, the Minister of National Defence, the Department of National Defence, and the Canadian Forces in matters relating to military law.  The JAG also has superintendence of the administration of military justice in the Canadian Forces.

National Search and Rescue Secretariat (NSS)

The National Search and Rescue Secretariat (NSS) acts as a liaison for Search and Rescue (SAR) agencies and all partners involved in Canadian search and rescue. Their combined efforts give Canada one of the most effective national search and rescue programs in the world. The Minister of National Defence is the Lead minister for Search and Rescue.

Defence Research & Development Canada (DRDC)

Defence Research & Development Canada (DRDC) is an agency operating within the Department of National Defence. DRDC provides science and technology services to the Department and the Forces. It conducts Research and Development (R&D) activities to contribute to the success of Canadian military operations and performs ongoing technology assessment to enhance CAF preparedness. Many of the cutting-edge products developed by DRDC generate thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in export sales for Canada.

Communications Security Establishment (CSE)

The Communications Security Establishment (CSE) is a an agency that collects foreign intelligence that can be used by the government for strategic warning, policy formulation, decision-making and day-to-day assessment of foreign capabilities and intentions. It produces intelligence reports based on electronic emissions and advises the government in the area of security for its telecommunications and automated information systems.

Cadets Canada

Cadets Canada is the largest federally sponsored youth program in Canada—almost 60,000 young Canadians take part in the program. It is a national program for Canadians ages 12 to 18 who are interested in participating in a variety of challenging and rewarding activities, and learning more about the CAF.

Junior Canadian Rangers

The Junior Canadian Rangers - The Junior Canadian Ranger Programme offers young people in remote and isolated communities across Canada a unique opportunity to participate in a variety of fun and rewarding activities in a formal setting. Under the supervision of the Canadian Rangers, these young Canadians (ages 12 to 18) become active and engaged citizens of their local communities. There are currently more than 3,400 Junior Canadian Rangers in 125 remote and isolated communities across Canada.

Canadian Forces Housing Agency (CFHA)

The Canadian Forces Housing Agency (CFHA) is responsible for allocating housing to CAF members and their families, carrying out maintenance and repairs, administering the rent system and managing the housing assets on behalf of DND.

Military Police Complaints Commission (MPCC)

The Military Police Complaints Commission (MPCC) is responsible for examining any complaints arising from either the conduct of military police members in the exercise of policing duties or functions or from interference in or obstruction of their police investigation.

Canadian Forces Grievance Board (CFGB)

The Canadian Forces Grievance Board (CFGB) is an impartial, independent body responsible for reviewing the grievances submitted by military members and communicating its conclusions and recommendations.

Office of the Chief Military Judge

The Office of the Chief Military Judge provides military judges to preside at courts martial, administers the convening of courts martial, and provides court reporting services and transcription of the proceedings of courts martial and other judicial hearings.


The Ombudsman acts on behalf of the Minister of National Defence, independent of the chain of command, as a neutral sounding board, mediator and reporter on matters related to the Department and the CAF.

Canadian Forces Personnel Support Agency (CFPSA)

The Canadian Forces Personnel Support Agency (CFPSA) develops and delivers personnel support programs and services to improve the quality of life in the military community.

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