Joint Task Force Central (JTFC) is one of six regional joint task forces located across Canada to conduct continental operations by the Canadian Armed Forces.
JTFC has its headquarters in Toronto.
Commander JTFC also commands 4th Canadian Division (4 Cdn Div), a formation of the Canadian Army.
Area of responsibility
JTFC is responsible for leading continental operations throughout the Province of Ontario, including its territorial waterways. With more than 13 million people, Ontario is Canadas largest province in terms of population and its second largest in terms of both landmass and waterways.
Command and tasking authority
Commander JTFC commands the Canadian Armed Forces response to any request for military intervention to provide emergency assistance or support in critical incidents throughout the JTFC area of responsibility. These requests come from Canadian Joint Operations Command's partners in operations, and from the Government of Ontario.
To form mission-appropriate task forces, Commander JTFC has the authority to task any and all resources held in the Province of Ontario by the Royal Canadian Navy, the Canadian Army and the Royal Canadian Air Force.
Through JTFC, the Canadian Armed Forces maintains a continuous watch to generate comprehensive awareness of security and defence conditions in the Province of Ontario.
The most recent contingency operation by JTFC was Operation CADENCE in 2010, which deployed a task force to work with the RCMP as part of the Integrated Security Unit supporting the G-8 summit in Huntsville, Ont. and the G-20 summit in Toronto. The objective of Operation CADENCE was to assist the RCMP and other whole-of-government partners in their efforts to ensure the safety and security of world leaders, their delegations and the public.
Department of National Defence
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