1st Canadian Division

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1st Canadian Division Badge

Agile, Versatile, Ready


Major-General Jim Ferron

Sergeant Major

Chief Warrant Officer J.M.A. Brideau  


Major Richard Langlois
Public Affairs Officer
1st Canadian Division Headquarters
CFB Kingston
PO Box 17000
Stn Forces
Kingston, ON K7K 7B4

Phone: (613) 541-5010, ext 4283

1st Canadian Division participates in JOINTEX 2013

The 1st Canadian Division (1st Cdn Div) is a fully deployable unit trained and enabled at an advanced state of readiness to lead Canadian Armed Forces operations at home and abroad.

The 1st Cdn Div assumes the tasks of Non-combatant Evacuation Operations (NEO) and to deploy the Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART).

The division has three high-readiness tasks:

  • Humanitarian operations, such as those conducted in Haiti in 2010;
  • Non-combatant Evacuation Operations for the safe evacuation of Canadians abroad, such as from Lebanon in 2006; and
  • Full-spectrum operations, such as those in Afghanistan.

Our Mission

1st Cdn Div Headquarters will provide task-tailored, deployable joint headquarters at high readiness to command and control joint, inter-agency, multinational forces to achieve national objectives at home and abroad.


  • Rapidly respond to Humanitarian Assistance or Non-combatant Evacuation Operations anywhere in the world;
  • Maintain a high readiness, comprehensive and joint division level expeditionary headquarters;
  • First out the door as ROTO 0; and
  • Provide training for Task Forces of named Operations.


  • Wreaths and flags in front of the war monument at Piazza Armerina's main square in Sicily, as Canadian Armed Forces personnel marched into town to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Sicilian Campaign."We are recreating a piece of history with every step we take”

    Sicily, Italy — To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Sicilian Campaign, 60 Canadian Armed Forces personnel are in Sicily, where they are retracing parts of the route marched by Canadian soldiers who landed on the beaches of Pachino in July, 1943.
    July 29, 2013