Canada has fought alongside the U.S. in defence of our common values through World Wars I and II, the Cold War, Korea, Balkans, the Middle East, and Afghanistan. In fact, Canadian Army, Navy, and Air Force officers are embedded throughout the U.S. military at all levels – protecting and defending our shared continent in search and rescue operations, interdiction of illegal narcotics, and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief missions.
For over sixty years, members of Canadian and American armed forces have jointly defended North America at the bi-national North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD). Throughout its history, NORAD has stood ready to respond to threats from intercontinental ballistic missiles; terrorism; and other air, missile, and space attacks. We are also founding members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), contributing to international peace, security, and stability for the last seventy years.
Canadian troops ensure that Canada is strong at home, secure in North America, and engaged in the world. Canada’s recent commitment to increase defence spending by 70% will provide increased capability to support global operations, including peace support operations. With ongoing investments in space, cyberspace, intelligence, R&D, as well as force modernization, Canada is continuing to innovate.
What’s more, the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) are active throughout Eastern and Central Europe, and are leading NATO’s multinational battlegroup in Latvia. In the fight against ISIS, Canada is part of the NATO mission in Iraq and is a vital participant in INHERENT RESOLVE – conducting air operations, mentoring the Iraqi security forces, and assisting with regional capacity-building. CAF ships and aircraft are working with the U.S. to enforce UN Security Council sanctions against North Korea. Together with our NATO Allies, our ships and sailors keep the Mediterranean Sea secure as the commanding member of Standing NATO Maritime Group 2. Through NATO’s Air Policing efforts, our aviators protect Allied airspace.
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Canada and the U.S. work together around the world to safeguard global peace and security, and promote shared prosperity. We are responding to humanitarian crises and bringing innovative approaches to international development. Critically, with Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy, and the U.S. Women’s Global Development Partnership, our emphasis on the empowerment of women and girls remains a core shared value. Our public and private sectors are collaborating to facilitate economic growth, including by promoting trade in the developing world to diversify economies. We both continue to be among the largest donors helping fragile and post-conflict states with humanitarian assistance and economic development. We are dedicating resources to lift populations out of poverty and provide protection to the most vulnerable with innovative solutions to international humanitarian challenges.