Budget 2001 provides more than $1.6 billion in additional funding between
now and fiscal year 2006-07 to enhance emergency preparedness in Canada
and to support Canada's military contribution to the international campaign
This includes increased funding to:
enhance the capacity of Joint Task Force Two - the Canadian Forces
elite anti-terrorist unit;
support Canadian military participation in the international war
fund military equipment purchases (in 2001-02);
strengthen Canada's ability to respond to chemical, biological, and
nuclear threats; and
improve the ability to protect Canada's critical infrastructure -
such as water and energy utilities and transportation and communications
overview of these investments is provided below. Of the $1.6 billion invested
in these areas, $1.2 billion is being invested in the Defence portfolio,
which includes the Department of National Defence, the Canadian Forces
and related agencies including the Communications Security Establishment,
and Office of Critical Infrastructure Protection and Emergency Preparedness.
Joint Task Force 2
Budget 2001 provides $119 million (between now and fiscal year
2006-07) to enhance the capacity of Joint Task Force 2.
Joint Task Force 2's primary mandate is to be ready to respond to
terrorist events or major disturbances affecting Canada's national security.
As a unit of the Canadian Forces, Joint Task Force 2 can be employed
in Canada and overseas.
The additional funding will improve JTF 2's ability to respond to
incidents both at home and abroad.
Budget 2001 includes an additional $210 million to fund Canada's
current commitment to the international military campaign against terrorism.
This funding is based on the estimated, incremental cost of Operation
Apollo into Fiscal Year 2002-03.
Under Op APOLLO, Canada has thus far committed six warships, six
aircraft and an element of Joint Task Force 2. The Government has also
placed a 1,000-member force on stand-by to deploy to Afghanistan to
support peace operations, if and as required.
To date, Canada's contribution to Op APOLLO represents one of the
largest commitments of Canadian troops since the Korean War.
Budget 2001 provides $300 million (in 2001-2002) to support
investment in capital equipment, information technology, and kit for
Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defence
Budget 2001 provides $513 million in additional funding (between
now and 2006-07) - shared by Defence and other Government Departments
- to strengthen Canada's capacity to respond to the use of unconventional
weapons, whether they are chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear.
This funding will be used to:
enhance existing laboratory networks so that they will be able
to detect and identify possible biochemical threats more quickly;
purchase new protective equipment and improve training for emergency
response teams to ensure that front-line responders are better prepared
to deal with Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear emergencies.
of Critical Infrastructure Protection and
Emergency Preparedness Canada
Budget 2001 provides $396 million (between now and 2006-07) to expand
the capacity of the Office of Critical Infrastructure Protection for
Emergency Preparedness (OCIPEP) and other federal agencies, such as
the RCMP and CSIS, in order to strengthen Canada's ability to respond
to threats against critical infrastructure - such as water and energy
utilities, and transportation and communications systems.
With this additional funding, OCIPEP will work with federal agencies,
provincial and territorial governments, emergency measures organizations
throughout Canada, and foreign organizations - particularly the United
States - to improve the overall level of infrastructure protection and
OCIPEP was established in February, 2001, to provide national leadership
on a new, modern and comprehensive approach to protecting Canada's critical
infrastructure. It is also the Government's primary agency for ensuring
national civil emergency preparedness - for all types of emergencies.
In addition, Budget 2001 increases funding to strengthen intelligence
and policing. This funding will include new spending to upgrade technology
and equipment for intelligence gathering and analysis.