The mission of the Canadian Army is:
To generate and maintain combat effective, multi-purpose land forces to meet Canada’s defence objectives.
This may include:
- Defending Canadian territory and helping to maintain Canada’s sovereignty by providing land surveillance and combat-ready forces.
- Contributing to the collective defence of North America.
- Providing armed and unarmed assistance to civil authorities when needed to maintain public order and security or to assist in emergency relief.
- Supporting Canadian interests abroad, including forces for UN, NATO, and other multilateral operations, peacekeeping, and humanitarian assistance.
The Army Reserve is the part-time component to the Canadian Army and it has three roles
- Existing Reserve units are the framework or structure the Army would use to mobilize or expand the Army should the nation ever need to respond to a large crisis as in the World Wars.
- Located in hundreds of communities across Canada, Canadians connect with their Army through the Army Reserve.
- The Army Reserve augments the professional Army by providing soldiers, units or specialists to the Canadian Forces.