Detachments and Units

Joint Task Force (North) detachments and units:

Detachment Nunavut

Joint Task Force (North) Detachment Nunavut is located in the capital city of Iqaluit.

The Detachment’s main tasks are to:

  • represent Commander Joint Task Force (North) in Nunavut;
  • liaise with:
    • federal government departments;
    • territorial government departments; and
    • selected non-government organizations.
  • provide operational awareness to Joint Task Force (North);
  • support 1st Canadian Rangers Patrol Group as required;
  • involve the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) in the community; and
  • expand Joint Task Force (North) Headquarters for major operations.

Detachment Yukon

Joint Task Force (North) Detachment Yukon is located in the capital city of Whitehorse.

The Detachment’s main tasks are to:

  • represent Commander Joint Task Force (North) in Yukon;
  • liaise with:
    • federal government departments;
    • territorial government departments; and
    • selected non-governmental organizations.
  • provide operational awareness to Joint Task Force (North);
  • support 1st Canadian Rangers Patrol Group as required;
  • involve the CAF in the community; and
  • expand Joint Task Force (North) Headquarters for major operations.

1st Canadian Ranger Patrol Group

The 1st Canadian Ranger Patrol Group (1 CRPG) encompasses:

  • Nunavut;
  • Yukon;
  • Northwest Territories; and
  • Atlin, B.C.  

The 1 CRPG headquarters is located in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.

Canadian Rangers are the eyes and ears of the CAF in the North. They support CAF sovereignty and domestic operations in Canada’s North. They are tasked to provide lightly-equipped, self-sufficient, mobile forces. Learn more about the 1st Canadian Ranger Patrol Group.

The C Company (The Yellowknife Company)

The C Company (The Yellowknife Company) is a CAF Reserve Force unit. It was formed under the Loyal Edmonton Regiment of the Canadian Army (CA). The Regiment falls under the CA’s Land Force Western Area and 41 Canadian Brigade Group.  The Company is based in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.

The Yellowknife Company is an important element of Land Force Arctic Strategy.  It is the first army reserve unit to be manned and stationed north of 60. The company will focus its training in order to operate in the harsh Arctic environment of Canada’s North.

Learn more about the Yellowknife Company

Area Support Unit Headquarters (North)

Area Support Unit (North) Headquarters is responsible to help enable Northern military exercises and operations for:

  • Joint Task Force (North);
  • 1st Canadian Rangers Patrol Group;
  • 440 (Transport) Squadron;
  • Loyal Edmonton Regiment (The Yellowknife Company); and
  • other CAF units.

Technical Services section

The Technical Services section includes:

  • a Transport and Electrical Mechanical Engineers section;
  • a Supply section; and
  • a Traffic section:

The Transport and Electrical Mechanical Engineers section provides and maintains Mobile Support Equipment (MSE). The section supports:

  • Joint Task Force (North); and
  • JTFN lodger units.

The Supply section is an authorized second-line supply unit. The Supply section has two sub-sections:

  • the Material Control (warehouse) operations; and
  • the System Control (customer service, procurement and contracts) operations.

The Traffic section provides support services for shipping and receiving. The Traffic Section also coordinates JTFN’s posting moves (in and out) for CAF members. This includes the moves for its two detachments.

Telecommunication and Information Services section

The Telecommunication and Information Services’ mission is to support:

  • Joint Task Force (North); and
  • Area Support Unit (North); with garrison (on base) and deployable (in field):
    • command;
    • control;
    • communication; and
    • information systems and services.

The above functions are collectively known as C3IS2.  The section will also provide garrison and selected deployable C3IS2 to all CAF units supported by Area Support Unit (North).

Construction Engineering section

The Construction Engineering section is responsible for JTFN facilities. This includes:

  • operating and maintaining the JTFN Headquarters building;
  • grounds-keeping for JTFN Headquarters;
  • grounds-keeping for North of 60 Military Family Resource Centre; and
  • contractual repairs and services for Area Support Unit (North).

1 Field Ambulance Detachment Yellowknife

1 Field Ambulance - Detachment Yellowknife Clinic provides a broad range of healthcare services. It is set up to meet the evolving needs of those it serves. Its mission is to:

  • provide high-quality primary clinic health services; and
  • support all units of the Joint Task Force (North).

North of 60 Military Family Resource Centre

The North of 60 Military Family Resource Centre offers support and services to military family members posted to the North.

The Centre’s Program Coordinator:

  • coordinates and implements activities and events;
  • assists family members with navigating the Yellowknife community; and
  • makes referrals to local programs and services. 

The Centre’s Prevention, Support and Intervention Counsellor provides in-house, short-term counselling. Counselling services are kept confidential. Counselling services include:

  • individual counselling;
  • couples counselling; and  
  • family counselling. 

The Counsellor also provides:

  • psychological education programs; and
  • health and well-being programs.  

Visit the North of 60 Military Family Resource Centre website.

Joint Personnel Support Unit

The Joint Personnel Support Unit offers services to all CAF members located in the three territories of Canada’s North. This is carried out through the Integrated Personnel Support Centre.  It is located in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.

The Northern Canada Integrated Personnel Support Centre offers support services to CAF members who are ill or injured. It partners with internal and external groups. Services provided are:

  • return to work coordination;
  • casualty tracking;
  • outreach;
  • information;
  • support and advocacy services; and
  • administrative support to families of the fallen, following the disengagement of the Designated Assistant.

Visit the Joint Personnel Support Unit website.

440 Transport Squadron

440 “Vampire” Transport Squadron is a Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) flying unit. It is based in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories (NWT). The Squadron is the only formed CAF flying unit that is based fulltime in the North.

440 Squadron operates four CC-138 Twin Otter aircraft.  The Twin Otters are Canadian designed and built to carry out a wide range of tasks. These include:

  • airlift;
    • utility and liaison flights in support of:
    • Joint Task Force (North);
    • the Canadian Rangers;
    • other Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) activities; and
    • the Cadets in the North.

Learn more about 440 Transport Squadron

External links

Royal Canadian Air Force

17 Wing Winnipeg

Canadian Forces Health Services – Programs and Services

Land Force Western Area – Joint Task Force (West)

41 Canadian Brigade Group

Canadian Armed Forces - Reserve

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