The Defence Portfolio
The Defence Portfolio comprises the Department of National Defence, the
Canadian Forces and a number of related organizations, all of which are
the collective responsibility of the Minister of National Defence, who
also serves as the Minister Responsible for Emergency Preparedness.
Together, the diverse elements of the Defence Portfolio provide the core
services and capabilities required to defend Canada and Canadian interests,
and form an important constituency within the broader Canadian national
SEARCH AND RESCUE SECRETARIAT:
The National Search and
Rescue Secretariat (NSS) acts as a liaison for Search and Rescue (SAR)
agencies and all partners involved in Canadian search and rescue. Their
combined efforts give Canada one of the most effective national search
and rescue programs in the world. The Minister of National Defence is
the Lead Minister for Search and Rescue.
OFFICE OF CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE PROTECTION AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS
The Office of
Critical Infrastructure Protection and Emergency Preparedness (OCIPEP)
Operating as a civilian organization within the Department of National
Defence, OCIPEP provides national leadership in both the protection of
Canada's critical infrastructure and the enhancement of emergency management
in Canada. To achieve this, OCIPEP works through partnerships with all
levels of government, non-governmental organizations and the private sector
to enhance the capacity of Canadian communities, businesses and governments
to manage risks to their physical and cyber environments.
DEFENCE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CANADA (DRDC):
Defence Research &
Development Canada (DRDC) is an agency operating within the Department
of National Defence. DRDC provides science and technology services to
the Department and the Forces. It conducts Research and Development (R&D)
activities to contribute to the success of Canadian military operations
and performs ongoing technology assessment to enhance Canadian Forces
preparedness. Many of the cutting-edge products (i.e artificial blood
substitute and the first anti-gravity flying suit) developed by DRDC generate
thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in export sales for Canada.
COMMUNICATIONS SECURITY ESTABLISHMENT (CSE):
Security Establishment (CSE) is a cryptologic agency that is part
of the Department of National Defence. CSE collects foreign intelligence
that can be used by the government for strategic warning, policy formulation,
decision-making and day-to-day assessment of foreign capabilities and
intentions. It produces intelligence reports based on electronic emissions
and advises the government in the area of security for its telecommunications
and automated information systems
CADETS AND JUNIOR CANADIAN RANGERS:
is the largest federally sponsored youth program in Canada (almost 60,000
young Canadian take part in the program). It is a national program for
young Canadians ages 12 to 18 who are interested in participating in a
variety of challenging and rewarding activities, and learning more about
the Canadian Forces.
Canadian Rangers program is the only organized youth program available
in many remote and isolated Canadian communities.
CANADIAN FORCES HOUSING AGENCY (CFHA):
Forces Housing Agency (CFHA) is responsible for allocating housing
to Canadian Forces members and their families, carrying out maintenance
and repairs, administering the rent system and managing the housing assets
on behalf of the Department of National Defence.
JUDGE ADVOCATE GENERAL (JAG):
The Judge Advocate
General (JAG) acts as the legal advisor to the Governor General, the
Minister of National Defence, the Department of National Defence and the
Canadian Forces. JAG is also responsible for the superintendence of the
administration of military justice in the Canadian Forces.
MILITARY POLICE COMPLAINTS COMMISSION (MPCC):
The Military Police
Complaints Commission (MPCC) is responsible for examining any complaints
arising from either the conduct of military police members in the exercise
of policing duties or functions or from interference in or obstruction
of their police investigation.
CANADIAN FORCES GRIEVANCE BOARD (CFGB):
The Canadian Forces
Grievance Board (CFGB) is an impartial, independent body responsible
for reviewing the grievances submitted to it military members and communicating
its conclusions and recommendations to the Chief
of the Defence Staff (CDS).
OFFICE OF THE CHIEF MILITARY JUDGE:
The Office of the Chief
Military Judge provides military judges to preside at courts martial,
administers the convening of courts martial, and provides court reporting
services and transcription of the proceedings of courts martial and other
THE OFFICE OF THE NATIONAL DEFENCE AND CANADIAN FORCES OMBUDSMAN:
acts on behalf of the Minister of National Defence, independent of the
chain of command, as a neutral sounding board, mediator and reporter on
matters related to the Department and the Canadian Forces.
CANADIAN FORCES PERSONNEL SUPPORT AGENCY (CFPSA):
The Canadian Forces Personnel
Support Agency (CFPSA) develops and delivers personnel support programs
and services to improve the quality of life in the military community.