Domestic Operations

Griffon helicopters support Operation Recuperation.

Many domestic operations in Canada involve protecting or rescuing Canadian citizens who are endangered by natural disasters such as floods, ice storms or forest fires or contributing to vital domestic security operations.

MCpl Ben Rasmussen, Sgt Morgan Biderman and WO Steve Joyce assist an evacuee from Cat Lake, Ont., which was threatened by wildfires, disembark from a Hercules in Kapuskasing, Ont.

Recent domestic and continental operations include, but are not limited to, the following:

Recurring since 1910 Fisheries patrols Support to conservation and enforcement efforts by Fisheries and Oceans Canada.
Recurring since 1989 Sabot Support to the RCMP’s annual marijuana-eradication program.
Recurring since 1993 Driftnet Support to Fisheries and Oceans Canada to halt illegal,unregulated and unreported fishing in the north Pacific. In 2012, for the first time ever, the Royal Canadian Air Force's (RCAF) Aurora aircraft was based in Japan for the operation.
1997 Assistance Support during the “Flood of the Century” in southern Manitoba — the most severe flood on the Red River since 1826.
January 1998 Recuperation Support following ice storms and widespread, long-lasting power outages in eastern Canada. At the time, Op Recuperation represented the largest deployment of Canadian Armed Forces personnel since the Korean War.
September 2005 Unison Canada’s contribution to rescue, recovery and flood-relief efforts on the Gulf Coast of the United States following Hurricane Katrina.
Recurring since 2006 Caribbe Canada’s contribution to an ongoing U.S.-led, multi-national effort to stop drug trafficking in the waters of the Caribbean Basin and east Pacific.
Recurring since 2007 Northern operations Support to and participation in annual northern operations such as Operation Nanook, Operation Nunakput and Operation Nunalivut.
September–October 2010 Lama Support to Canadian Armed Forces’ relief efforts following Hurricane Igor, especially in the Bonavista and Burin Peninsulas. Op Lama is the code name for military support to civil authorities for hurricane recovery efforts anywhere in Canada.
February 2010 Podium Support to RCMP-led security for Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic Games – Canada’s most complex domestic operation as of 2013.
June 2010 Cadence Support to RCMP-led security operations surrounding the G8 and G20 summits in Ontario.
May 2011 Lustre Support to flood mitigation and civilian evacuation in Manitoba.
May 2011 Lotus Support to flood control and civilian evacuation in the Montérégie region of Québec.
July 2011 Forge Airlift of 3,600 civilians from communities in northern Ontario threatened by wildfires.



CFS Alert and its roles.

The Air Force has been resupplying Canadian Forces Station Alert in Nunavut, the most northerly permanently inhabited place in the world, for more than five decades. On average, Operation Boxtop moves about 375,000 kilograms of freight and 1.8 million litres of fuel into the station, which is only 817 kilometres from the North Pole.

In 2009, the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) took command of Canadian Forces Station (CFS) Alert and it now falls under command of 8 Wing Trenton, Ontario.