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Our North, Strong and Free: Pre-Budget 2024

We live in an increasingly complex world, where the security threats faced by Canada are rapidly changing. In response to these challenges, our government recognizes the need to invest in our Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), work with our NATO allies, and preserve our values of democracy, freedom, peace, and fairness for the next generation of Canadians.

Canadians deserve a CAF that has the ability to defend against emerging threats. That’s why we’ve released Our North, Strong and Free: A Renewed Vision for Canada’s Defence. This policy will enhance our capabilities to provide Canadians across the country with greater security and better support CAF members and their families.

Canada will invest $8.1 billion over the next five years and $73 billion over the next 20 years to support six major themes for our national defence, including:

These six themes include investments like:

  • $295 million over 20 years to establish a CAF housing strategy, build new housing, and rehabilitate existing housing so CAF members have safe and affordable places to call home where they and their families are posted.
  • $107 million over 20 years for Canada’s participation in the newly established NATO Innovation Fund, which will offer additional funding streams for innovative Canadian entrepreneurs.
  • $307 million over 20 years for airborne early warning aircrafts that will vastly improve Canada’s ability to detect, track and prioritize airborne threats sooner, respond faster, and better coordinate our response with the United States when required.
  • $9.9 billion over 20 years to improve the sustainment of our naval fleets, like extending the life of the Halifax-class frigates and preserving the Royal Canadian Navy’s interim at-sea replenishment capability.

Ultimately, this renewed vision is about giving our troops the tools they need to defend Canada — so that the next generation of Canadians can enjoy the same security and prosperity given to us by our parents. 

Tony Van Bynen

Member of Parliament for
Newmarket—Aurora

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