Canadian Joint Operations Command

The Canadian Joint Operations Command (CJOC; French: Commandement des opérations interarmées du Canada or COIC) is one of the two unified commands of the Canadian Armed Forces, the other one being the Canadian Special Operations Forces Command. CJOC was announced in May 2012 as the result of the cost-cutting measures in the 2012 federal budget through the merger of Canada Command, the Canadian Expeditionary Force Command and the Canadian Operational Support Command under an integrated command-and-control structure. The command was stood up on 5 October 2012 to officially replace the three former organizations.[1]

The command team is composed of a three-star commander, assisted by three two-star deputy commanders, one for each of the three main components (Continental, Expeditionary, and Support). The team is rounded out by a one-star chief of staff and four senior non-commissioned members, an overall command chief warrant/petty officer, and a command chief warrant/petty officer for each component.[2]

CJOC's role is to "anticipate and conduct Canadian Forces operations, and develop, generate and integrate joint force capabilities for operations."[3]

The continental component consists of six regional joint task forces. In five of these JTFs, the commander also commands an army division or a maritime force. The five southern JTFs have no permanent operational units: units and detachments are temporarily assigned to them from the Royal Canadian Navy, Canadian Army and Royal Canadian Air Force according to operational requirements.

Joint task forces of CJOC[4]
Task force Headquarters Region Commander
Joint Task Force North Yellowknife, Northwest Territories Northern Canada
Joint Task Force Pacific Victoria, British Columbia British Columbia CO of Maritime Forces Pacific
Joint Task Force West Edmonton, Alberta Prairie provinces CO of 3rd Canadian Division
Joint Task Force Central Toronto, Ontario Ontario CO of 4th Canadian Division
Joint Task Force East Montreal, Quebec Quebec CO of 2nd Canadian Division
Joint Task Force Atlantic Halifax, Nova Scotia Atlantic Canada CO of Maritime Forces Atlantic

On 1 April 2015, 1st Canadian Division was transferred from the Canadian Army to CJOC.[5]

Canadian Joint Operations Command
Badge of CJOC
Country Canada
TypeCommand headquarters
Size6 regional joint task forces
Part ofCanadian Armed Forces
Motto(s)Latin: Unanimi cum ratione (United in purpose)
EngagementsMilitary intervention against ISIL
Lieutenant-General Micheal Rouleau

See also


  1. ^ DND to cut costs by merging command of domestic, overseas Canadian Forces, The Globe and Mail
  2. ^ Command Team, archived from the original on 18 January 2013, retrieved 27 October 2012
  3. ^ Mission and Mandate, Canadian Forces, archived from the original on 8 December 2012, retrieved 3 October 2012
  4. ^ "Regional Joint Task Forces". Department of National Defence. Archived from the original on 5 May 2013. Retrieved 27 December 2012.
  5. ^ "1st Canadian Division moves to CJOC". National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces. Retrieved 20 November 2015.

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1st Canadian Division

The 1st Canadian Division is an operational command and control formation of the Canadian Joint Operations Command, based at CFB Kingston.

Formed during the First World War in August 1914, the 1st Canadian Division was a formation of the Canadian Expeditionary Force. The division was initially made up from provisional battalions that were named after their province of origin but these titles were dropped before the division arrived in Britain on 14 October 1914. Following the war, the division was stood down only to be re mobilized as a formation on 1 September 1939 as the 1st Canadian Infantry Division for service in the Second World War. The division was also reactivated twice during the Cold War.

In 2010, the division was reactivated for a third time. While the remaining four divisions of the Canadian Army are responsible for command of the units within their respective geographic regions, the 1st Canadian Division was formed to serve as headquarters unit of any unit available for deployment on division-level formation of the Canadian Army.

39 Canadian Brigade Group

39 Canadian Brigade Group (39 CBG; French: 39e Groupe-brigade du Canada) is a Canadian Forces formation of the Canadian Army under the 3rd Canadian Division. The brigade group is composed of Canadian Forces (CF) Primary Reserve units, all of which are based within the province of British Columbia. 39 CBG Headquarters is located in the West Point Grey neighborhood of Vancouver at the former RCAF Station Jericho Beach.

The brigade group is made of approximately 1,500 soldiers located in reserve units located in communities across British Columbia. Most of the soldiers in 39 CBG are reservists, serving part-time within their communities.The brigade maintains armoured, artillery, infantry, engineer and service support units to assist Joint Task Force Pacific (JTFP) and Canadian Joint Operations Command with domestic operations support (natural disasters, etc.), as well as supporting the Regular Force units of the 3rd Canadian Division by supporting and augmenting its battle groups. Soldiers of 39 CBG are trained in supporting domestic and also expeditionary operations. Every year many members of 39 CBG volunteer to serve all over the world in UN and NATO deployments. Hundreds of soldiers within the brigade have experience in deploying to the mission in Afghanistan as well as deploying to support the security operations for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

444 Combat Support Squadron

444 Combat Support Squadron is an Air Force unit with the Canadian Forces. Based at CFB Goose Bay, it provides helicopter support to the base operations.

Canada Command

Canada Command (CANCOM, French: Commandement Canada) was one of the four operational commands of the Canadian Forces from 2006 to 2012, responsible for routine domestic and continental operations, such as search and rescue, sovereignty patrol, national security coordination and contingency planning. As an operational formation, Canada Command used resources generated from the three environmental commands of the Canadian Forces: the Royal Canadian Navy, the Canadian Army and the Royal Canadian Air Force. The command was merged into the Canadian Joint Operations Command in October 2012.

Canadian Armed Forces

The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF; French: Forces armées canadiennes, FAC), or Canadian Forces (CF) (French: Forces canadiennes, FC), are the unified armed forces of Canada, as constituted by the National Defence Act, which states: "The Canadian Forces are the armed forces of Her Majesty raised by Canada and consist of one Service called the Canadian Armed Forces."This unified institution consists of sea, land, and air elements referred to as the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN), Canadian Army, and Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF). Personnel may belong to either the Regular Force or the Reserve Force, which has four sub-components: the Primary Reserve, Supplementary Reserve, Cadet Organizations Administration and Training Service, and the Canadian Rangers. Under the National Defence Act, the Canadian Armed Forces are an entity separate and distinct from the Department of National Defence (the federal government department responsible for administration and formation of defence policy), which also exists as the civilian support system for the Forces. Current end strength is authorized at 126,500, including 71,500 Regular Force members, 30,000 Reserve Force members and 25,000 civilian employees. The number of filled positions is lower than the authorized strength.

The Commander-in-Chief of the Canadian Armed Forces is the reigning Canadian monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, who is represented by the Governor General of Canada. The Canadian Armed Forces is led by the Chief of the Defence Staff, who is advised and assisted by the Armed Forces Council.

Canadian Expeditionary Force Command

Canadian Expeditionary Force Command (CEFCOM, French: Commandement de la Force expéditionnaire du Canada or COMFEC) was an operational element of the Canadian Forces for operations outside of Canada, created in 2006 and merged into the Canadian Joint Operations Command in 2012.

Under the CF structure, Canadian Expeditionary Forces Command (CEFCOM) was the unified command that was responsible for all Canadian Forces (CF) international operations, with the exception of operations conducted solely by Canadian Special Operations Forces Command elements. CEFCOM missions included combat operations, humanitarian assistance and peacekeeping.

Canadian Forces Northern Area Headquarters Yellowknife

Canadian Forces Northern Area Headquarters (CFNA HQ) Yellowknife is a Canadian Forces unit located in the city of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.

Situated in Evans Building of the city of Yellowknife, it is the headquarters for Joint Task Force North, part of Canadian Joint Operations Command responsible for Canadian Forces operations and administration in Northern Canada and the Arctic.

There are 52 military and civilian personnel from 1 Canadian Rangers Patrol Group headquarters and 314 military and civilian personnel from Joint Task Force North currently stationed in Yellowknife responsible for coordinating military operations across 4,000,000 km2 (1,500,000 sq mi) of land in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.Canadian Forces Northern Area Headquarters Whitehorse has a similar responsibility in Yukon.

As of 2018 the current base Commander is Brigadier-General Patrick Carpentier

Canadian Forces chief warrant officer

The Canadian Forces chief warrant officer or CFCWO is the senior non-commissioned member appointment in the Canadian Armed Forces. The post was created in 1978 with the first appointment of Chief Warrant Officer Robert Osside. CFCWO is a position created by the chief of the Defence Staff to assist the CDS in his duties and advise him on all issues relating to non-commissioned members.

Canadian Operational Support Command

The Canadian Operational Support Command (CANOSCOM) (in French : Commandement du soutien opérationnel du Canada or COMSOCAN) was one of seven commands of the Canadian Forces (CF) from 2006 to 2012. The command was replaced by the Canadian Joint Operations Command in October 2012. As a separate command, CANOSCOM provided the CF with combat support (including logistics, military engineering, land equipment maintenance services, communications and information systems, health services and military police) and service for both domestic and international missions.

Canadian Special Operations Forces Command

Canadian Special Operations Forces Command (CANSOFCOM; French: Commandement des Forces d'opérations spéciales du Canada; COMFOSCAN) is a command of the Canadian Armed Forces. It is responsible for all special forces operations that are capable of responding to terrorism and threats to Canadians and Canadian interests around the world..

Her Majesty's Canadian Ship

The designation Her Majesty's Canadian Ship (HMCS) (in French Navire canadien de Sa Majesté [NCSM]), is applied as a prefix to surface ships in the Royal Canadian Navy and Canadian Joint Operations Command. The similar designation of Her Majesty's Canadian Submarine is applied to submarine vessels.


JOC may refer to:

Japanese Olympic Committee, the national Olympic committee in Japan for the Olympic Games movement

Young Christian Workers (Jeunesse ouvrière chrétienne in French), an international Catholic organization of the Young Trade Unionists

Several Military Organisations called Joint Operations Command:

Canadian Joint Operations Command

Joint Operations Command (Australia)

Joint Operations Command (Sri Lanka)

Joint Operations Command (UK)

Joint Operations Command (Zimbabwe)

The Journal of Organic Chemistry, a peer-reviewed scientific journal

JOC Group Inc., a provider of information on international trade, trade, and logistics professionals.

Chief Journalist, a former U.S. Navy occupational ratingJoc may refer to:

Joc dance ensemble, Moldovan republic

Joc Pederson (born 1992), American professional baseball outfielder

Yung Joc (born 1983), American rapper

Joint Operations Command

Joint Operations Command may refer to:

Canadian Joint Operations Command

Joint Operations Command (Australia)

Joint Operations Command (Serbia)

Joint Operations Command (Sri Lanka)

Joint Operations Command (Zimbabwe)

Joint Task Force (North)

Joint Task Force (North) (French: Force opérationnelle interarmées (Nord)) is responsible for all Canadian Armed Forces operations and administration in northern Canada, namely Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and the waters of the Arctic Ocean (within Canada) and Hudson Bay. JTFN is headquartered in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, and is part of Canadian Joint Operations Command.

While Canadian military operations in the North date to the Yukon Field Force during the 1890s Klondike Gold Rush, its immediate history started with the formation of Canadian Forces Northern Area (CFNA) in 1970. CFNA's motto was Custos Borealis (Latin, "Northern Guardian").

Canadian Forces Northern Area was dissolved in 2006 and replaced by Joint Task Force North (JTFN) of the new Canada Command, commanded by Vice-Admiral J.Y. Forcier. Canada Command has since been absorbed by the newly formed Canadian Joint Operations Command (CJOC), established in 2012. JTFN is currently commanded by Brigadier-General G.D. Loos, OMM, CD. JTFN has received increasing national attention in recent years with greater emphasis being made on Canada's claim to arctic sovereignty. Each summer, hundreds of Canadian soldiers participate in Operation Nanook, an annual display of sovereignty in Canada's northern latitudes. The operation has been held annually since 2007.

Jonathan Vance

General Jonathan Holbert "Jon" Vance (born January 3, 1964) is a Canadian Army general who serves as Chief of the Defence Staff of the Canadian Armed Forces.

Michael Rouleau

Lieutenant-General Michael Norman Rouleau is the current Commander of the Canadian Joint Operations Command.

National Defence Headquarters (Canada)

National Defence Headquarters (NDHQ) (French: Quartiers généraux de la Défense nationale (QGDN)) consists of the military headquarters for the Canadian Armed Forces, as well as hosts the majority of the civilian Department of National Defence (DND) staff. NDHQ comprises a collection of offices spread in buildings across the National Capital Region, although it is most commonly identified with the Major-General George R Pearkes Building on Colonel By Drive in Ottawa. From 2017, the various locations will begin to be consolidated at the Carling Campus on Carling Avenue.Completed in 1974, the George R Pearkes Building was originally built for Transport Canada until a plan for a new NDHQ in LeBreton Flats was cancelled. Transport Canada instead moved to the newly completed Place de Ville Tower C (1972). The Carling Campus was originally Nortel's research and development site until it was purchased by the Federal Government in 2010.Falling under the Minister of National Defence, NDHQ includes the office of the Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), who is the senior military commander within the Canadian Armed Forces; and the Deputy Minister, who as the senior civil servant is in charge of the Department of National Defence.

Reporting to the CDS are the headquarters of all Canadian Armed Forces commands:Royal Canadian Navy

Canadian Army

Royal Canadian Air Force

Canadian Joint Operations Command

Canadian Special Operations Forces Command

Reporting to the DM are several Assistant Deputy Ministers (ADM):

ADM (Policy)

ADM (Finance and Corporate Services)

ADM (Infrastructure and Environment)

ADM (Information Management)

ADM (Public Affairs)

Unification of the Canadian Armed Forces

The unification of the Canadian Armed Forces took place on 1 February 1968, when the Royal Canadian Navy, Canadian Army, and Royal Canadian Air Force were merged to form the Canadian Armed Forces.

Canadian Armed Forces
Military history


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