Exercises and Operations


The Canadian Army generates well-trained and well-led soldiers that can meet today’s operational challenges. Soldiers develop their skills during exercises and at a number of training centres and schools located across the country. Practice makes perfect! Canadian soldiers develop their skills during exercises, which are simulated operations. Throughout the year, the Canadian Army conducts numerous exercises to ensure our soldiers are always ready for future operations. Find out more about Military exercises.



Photo : WO Jerry Kean


May 5 to 7, 2017

Western Nova Scotia

Regular and Reserve Force soldiers from 36 and 37 Canadian Brigade Groups are participating in Exercise STAGED RESPONSE. This annual emergency response exercise will confirm the 5th Canadian Division’s ability to initiate and support Joint Task Force Atlantic in the conduct of domestic operations in response to major emergencies in Atlantic Canada, in a timely and effective manner.



Photo : Cpl Andrew Wesley


May 14 to 29, 2017

Wainwright, Alberta

Approximately 7000 personnel are participating in Exercise MAPLE RESOLVE 17 at the Canadian Manoeuvre Training Centre in Wainwright, Alberta. The exercise, the largest and most comprehensive Canadian Army exercise of the year, will confirm the high readiness of Task Force Tomahawk soldiers based out of Petawawa, Ontario. Also participating in the exercise this year are soldiers from the United States Army, British Army, New Zealand Defense Force and the Australian Army. 

More about Exercise MAPLE RESOLVE


The Canadian Army plays a vital role in protecting the interests of Canadians both at home and abroad. From Arctic sovereignty patrols to disaster response, from humanitarian support to combat operations, the Canadian Army is ready to serve and stands on guard to protect all Canadians.

The Canadian Army generates well-trained and well-led soldiers for domestic and international operations which are carried out by the Canadian Joint Operations Command.

Domestic Operations

The main role of the Canadian Army is protecting Canadians at home.

On any given day, the Canadian Army is ready to defend Canada and to provide assistance to populations and regions affected by natural disasters, such as hurricanes and floods.

Joint Task Forces (JTFs)

The Canadian Armed Forces deliver continental operations through six regional joint task forces.

The Canadian Army is responsible for three of the JTFs:

International Operations

Canadian soldiers must always be ready to participate in the full spectrum of international operations — from humanitarian assistance, to stabilization, to combat. Canadian soldiers are currently engaged in various international operations. The number of Canadian Army personnel deployed at any given period depends on operational requirements.


Black Hawk helicopter during helocast training

Photo by: Sgt Bern LeBlanc

OP REASSURANCE: The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) have deployed personnel in Central and Eastern Europe as part of NATO assurance measures.

Operation REASSURANCE refers to the military activities undertaken by CAF to support NATO assurance measures through the provision of military capabilities for training, exercises, demonstrations and assigned NATO tasks.


Sniper takes a concealed position

Photo by: Canadian Forces Combat Camera

OP UNIFIER: Operation UNIFIER is Canada’s contribution to support Ukrainian forces through capacity building, in coordination with the U.S. and other countries providing similar training assistance. Military assistance is one component of Canada’s support to Ukraine across development, security, democracy, and humanitarian aid.

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