Joint Task Force East (JTFE) is one of six regional joint task forces located across Canada to conduct continental operations by the Canadian Armed Forces.
JTFE has its headquarters in Montreal Garrison in the east end of Montreal, Que.
Commander JTFE also commands 2nd Canadian Division (2 Cdn Div), a formation of the Canadian Army.
Area of responsibility
JTFE is responsible for leading continental operations throughout the Province of Quebec, including its territorial waterways. Quebec is Canada's largest province in terms of landmass and its second largest in terms of population, with over eight million people.
Command and tasking authority
Commander JTFE commands the Canadian Armed Forces response to any request for military intervention to provide emergency assistance or support in critical incidents throughout the JTFE area of responsibility. These requests come from the Canadian Joint Operations Command's partners in operations, and from the Government of Quebec.
To form mission-appropriate task forces, Commander JTFE has the authority to task any and all resources held in the Province of Quebec by the Royal Canadian Navy, the Canadian Army, and the Royal Canadian Air Force.
Through JTFE, the Canadian Armed Forces maintains a continuous watch to generate comprehensive awareness of security and defence conditions in the Province of Quebec.
The most recent rapid-response operation by JTFE was Operation LOTUS in May 2011, which deployed a task force of about 840 Regular and Reserve Force personnel in the Montérégie region to provide flood relief in support of provincial and municipal authorities in and around Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, St-Blaise-sur-Richelieu, Sainte-Anne-de-Sabrevois and Saint-Paul-de-lle-aux-Noix.
Department of National Defence
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