The Government recognizes that, if they are to be effective in such difficult and diverse environments as the Arctic and Afghanistan, the Canadian Forces need adequate resources for training, spare parts and equipment. Recent budget increases have begun to reverse the decline in readiness and have funded more exercises for the army, more days at sea for the navy, and more flying hours for the air force.
The implementation of the Strategy's 20-year plan will further enhance the readiness of the Canadian Forces. Planned, rather than ad-hoc investments will improve and increase training for personnel. In addition, such funding will provide further relief and ensure that more personnel are trained to required levels and that more equipment is available for both training and operations. Through this Strategy, the Government is building a military that can deploy more quickly and effectively.
Op HESTIA was an excellent example of readiness put into practice. Op HESTIA was the CF’s response to the catastrophic earthquake that struck Port‑au‑Prince, Haiti, on January 12, 2010. The readiness and efficiency of the CF made it possible to quickly deploy two thousand Canadian Forces personnel, hundreds of vehicles, seven helicopters, two ships and airlift support to the recovery and reconstruction efforts in Haiti. These personnel provided humanitarian aid, medical care, engineering support, security and logistical coordination to alleviate the suffering of Haitians affected by this disaster.