The Harper Government is dedicated to supporting the brave men and women in uniform who defend our country and help keep us safe.  In 2006, after the Liberal ‘decade of darkness,’ we took action to rebuild Canada’s Armed Forces, including:

  •  accelerating the recruitment of 13,000 additional regular forces and 10,000 additional reserve forces personnel
  •  investing in base infrastructure and housing for our Canadian Forces (CF) personnel
  •  increasing overall funding for DND by $5.3 billion over a 5 year period through the Canada First Defence Strategy

We continue to support our military and personnel through measures such as:

  •  re-establishing the historic identities of the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN), the Canadian Army (CA) and the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF)
  •  announcing the Return to Work program which assists the recovery of Canadian Forces (CF) personnel who are ill or injured as a result of their military service–
  •  delivering $52.5 million over five years through the Legacy of Care to support seriously injured CF personnel and their families (this includes transitional housing, transportation to medical appointments, up to $100 a day for family who leave their job to help provide care, and more)
  •  cutting red tape for Veterans when it comes to the services that benefit them and their families
  •  delivering the ‘Helmets to Hardhats’ program to provide Veterans with access to jobs and training opportunities in the construction industry
  •  enhancing minimum benefits paid under the Canadian Forces Long-Term Disability program to medically-released personnel
  •  strengthening our sovereignty in the Arctic through our Northern Strategy, including enhanced land and sea surveillance capabilities through DND’s Polar Epsilon project
  •  delivering support to build or restore community war memorials and cenotaphs

Meanwhile, to ensure our Canadian Forces (CF) personnel have the best tools and equipment to do their jobs safely, the Harper Government has delivered:

  •  2,300 new medium-sized logistics trucks and associated equipment
  •  a modernization plan for our existing Light Armoured Vehicle (LAV) III fleet to ensure they remain a highly protected and operationally mobile combat vehicle
  •  four C-17 strategic aircrafts
  •  a new state-of-the-art J-model Hercules aircraft fleet to replace the E-model, to be used for such tasks as transporting troops and tactical airlift (the first CC-130J was delivered in Jun 2010 – six months ahead of the original delivery date)
  •  a fleet of 16 CH-147F Canadian Chinook Helicopters through Canada’s Medium- to Heavy-Lift Helicopter Project
  •  the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy for the renewal of the Royal Canadian Navy’s fleet
  •  a modernization plan for twelve Halifax-Class frigates, the backbone of the Royal Canadian Navy, to ensure they remain effective to the projected end of their service life (the last ship will be completed in 2017)
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