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Canadian Army prepares for High Readiness

February 5, 2016

OTTAWA – Close to 900 soldiers will be participating in Exercise UNIFIED RESOLVE 1601 (Ex UR 16) in Edmonton, Alberta, from February 8 to 12, 2016.

Ex UR 16 is a key step in the Canadian Army’s preparation for Exercise MAPLE RESOLVE 16 and the Road to High Readiness training program. Approximately half of the participating soldiers will come from 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group, while the remainder will be made up of other Canadian Army units from around the country.

The Road to High Readiness is the Canadian Army’s flagship training regime that prepares soldiers for national or expeditionary deployments, as mandated by the Government of Canada. The goal of the training is to generate a competent, confident and integrated Army brigade that can provide scalable, mission-tailored and responsive forces for full spectrum operations.

Ex UR 16 provides a simulated environment making it possible to virtually represent the movements and manoeuvres of units and troops, without the participants actually deploying to a training area.


“The Canadian Army is flexible and always prepared to deploy to meet the needs of the Government of Canada. As a crucial part in the Canadian Army’s Road to High Readiness process, Exercise UNIFIED RESOLVE ensures that Canada will provide scalable, mission-tailored and well-trained forces for missions at home and abroad.”

The Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Defence Minister

Quick Facts

  • The training objective of Ex UR 16 is to test the command and control capabilities of an Army brigade and help participants react to computer-generated scenarios that simulate realistic and complex situations, including deliberate attacks and mobile defence.
  • The Road to High Readiness culminates with the Canadian Army's largest training exercise, Exercise MAPLE RESOLVE, which takes place at the Canadian Manoeuvre Training Centre in Wainwright, Alberta in the spring of 2016.
  • Ex MAPLE RESOLVE will test and validate the readiness of participating units to deploy to anywhere in the world. Soldiers will practice their responses to conventional and other threats in a joint, integrated, whole-of-government and multinational environment.
  • The current Canadian Army High Readiness Task Forces are from 5 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group based in Valcartier, Quebec. In July 2016, 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group, based in Edmonton, Alberta, will take over and be ready to respond to any range of contingencies, at home and abroad.
Ex UNIFIED RESOLVE 16 in Edmonton

This year during Ex UNIFIED RESOLVE 16 in Edmonton, approximately 900 Canadian Armed Forces members will conduct computer-generated training with scenarios simulating realistic and complex situations to test the command and control capabilities of an Army brigade.

Last year during Exercise UNIFIED RESOLVE 15, participants were busy at work in the control centre at CFB Valcartier.

Photo: MCpl Simon Duchesne

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