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

Associated Links

Canadian Army Reserves
Canadian Rangers
Canada First Defence Strategy

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