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Arctic Readiness - Canadian Army trains in Canada's North

February 8, 2016

OTTAWA — Starting today until early March, approximately 2,500 Canadian Army soldiers from the Regular Force, Primary Reserve and the Canadian Rangers, will be training in several areas of Canada’s North. The Canadian Army aims to maintain and sharpen its operational capabilities in austere Arctic environments. 

The Canadian Army maintains readiness and continues to enhance its ability to operate in the North by training in highly challenging conditions in some of Canada’s most isolated regions. Troops will develop and test their advanced cold-weather survival skills, as well as prepare for quick responses to simulated threats and domestic emergencies, such as natural disasters, extreme weather events and other hazards. Highlights of the exercises will include parachute jumps and engagement involving remote First Nations communities. 

The exercises offer soldiers a valuable opportunity to collaborate with the Canadian Rangers, local communities, as well as other government departments and agencies. Soldiers from the United States Army National Guard, the New Zealand and Polish Armed Forces have also been invited to take part in the training in an effort to strengthen interoperability between Canada and these nations.

Quick Facts

The list of Northern exercises is as follows:

Locations: Montréal, St-Jean, Puvirnituq, Akulivik, Inukjuak, Québec
Dates: 16 February – 6 March, 2016
Size: 1,000 soldiers
Lead: 2nd Canadian Division

Locations: Resolute Bay, NU, and Yellowknife, NWT
Dates: 8 February – 22 February, 2016
Size: Approximately 200 soldiers
Lead: 3rd Canadian Division

Location: Pickle Lake and 13 remote First Nations communities in Northern Ontario
Dates: 13 February – 21 February, 2016
Size: Approximately 900 soldiers
Lead: 4th Canadian Division

Location: Goose Bay, Nain, Saglek, Big Bay, Postville, Cape Kiglapait, NL
Dates: 8 February – 23 February, 2016
Size: 180 soldiers (6 U.S., 5 New Zealand and 8 Polish soldiers participating)
Lead: 5th Canadian Division

Location: Goose Bay, Nain, Cape Kakiviak, Saglek, Cape Kiglaplt, Big Bay, Tukialik, and Cartwright, NL
Dates: 4 March – 12 March, 2016
Size: 231 soldiers (Primary Reserve)
Lead: 5th Canadian Division


“The protection of our northern borders remains a key security priority for Canada. The Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces are fully committed to exercising our northern sovereignty and these Arctic training scenarios allow us to demonstrate greater visible presence in Canada’s North.”

The Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defence

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Major Yves Desbiens
Senior Public Affairs Officer
2nd Canadian Division
514-2252-2777 x4378

Captain Valérie Harvey
Public Affairs Officer
3rd Canadian Division
780-973-4011 x8144

Major Cynthia Larue
Senior Public Affairs Officer
4th Canadian Division
416-633-6200 x5500 

Captain Marc Greatti (Ex NORTHERN SAPPER)
Public Affairs Officer
5th Canadian Division

Captain Tyrone Grande (Ex STALWART GOOSE)
Public Affairs Officer
5th Canadian Division

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Members of the Lorne Scots

Members of the Lorne Scots (Peel Dufferin & Halton Regiment) a platoon of the Domestic Response Company prepare for an ambush close to Rankin Inlet, Nunavut during Exercise TRILLIUM RESPONSE on Wednesday February 19, 2014.

Exercise TRILLIUM RESPONSE 14 involves more than 300 members of 4th Canadian Division, primarily the Arctic Response Company Group and Domestic Response Company. They are honing their skills in winter warfare, cold weather survival and the use of Arctic equipment, including Light Over Snow Vehicles (snowmobiles).

Ex TRILLIUM RESPONSE 14 focuses on proving the Division soldiers’ ability to fight, move and communicate in the harsh conditions of the Northern winter.

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