Joint Task Force West (JTFW) is one of six regional joint task forces located across Canada to conduct continental operations by the Canadian Armed Forces.
JTFW has its headquarters at Edmonton Garrison in Edmonton, Alta.
Commander JTFW also commands 3rd Canadian Division (3 Cdn Div), a formation of the Canadian Army.
Area of responsibility
JTFW is responsible for leading continental operations throughout the provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, including their territorial waterways. This area comprises more than one third of Canada's landmass and is home to nearly six million people.
Command and tasking authority
Commander JTFW commands the Canadian Armed Forces response to any request for military intervention to provide emergency assistance or support in critical incidents throughout the JTFW area of responsibility. These requests come from CJOC's partners in operations, and from the provincial governments in the area of responsibility.
To form mission-appropriate task forces, Commander JTFW has the authority to task any and all resources held in the provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba by the Royal Canadian Navy, the Canadian Army and the Royal Canadian Air Force.
Through JTFW, the Canadian Armed Forces maintains a continuous watch to generate comprehensive awareness of security and defence conditions in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
Recurring operations by JTFW centre on the annual flood risk in southern Manitoba, especially on the Assiniboine, Red and Souris rivers. JTFW personnel monitor water levels in cooperation with federal and provincial emergency measures organizations, and participate in joint inter-agency contingency planning measures in preparation for requests for assistance from the Province of Manitoba. In 2011, JTFW provided a task force to reinforce flood-control barriers on the Assiniboine River between Brandon and Winnipeg in May, and along the Souris River in July.
Department of National Defence
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