Canada Military Facts

Canada Armed Forces

The Canadian Armed Forces has the 14th largest military spending in the world, with just over $20 billion in military spending annually. Canada has less than 1% of the world's population but is of the top 10 largest spenders on military equipment. Canada also has one of the highest per capita military budgets in the world. As of 2020, the Canadian Armed Forces include 67,492 Regular Force personnel (full-time) and 36,381 Reserve Force personnel (part-time). Canadian Army is made up of roughly 60% English and 40% English speakers (Canada's two official languages).


  • 1. An estimated 1.4% of Canada's GDP (gross domestic product) goes towards military spending. So even though Canada has a small force compared to other countries, they are very well equipped.
  • 2. In the past, Canadian army members were called the Royal Canadian Infantry Corps. The Canadian army is made up of men and women who speak both French and English.
  • 3. The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery is the main artillery unit for the infantry. These men are responsible for firing cannons and mortars on the battlefield. The Artillery Regiment is described as "supporting arms" which means that they shoot their weapons from behind trees, buildings and another cover to protect themselves from enemy fire! Also, they fire their weapons at targets from far away in order to avoid as much damage as possible to people or property close-by.
  • 4. The 2nd Regiment of Royal Canadian Horse Artillery provides fire support to the front-line infantry. The 3rd Regiment of Royal Canadian Horse Artillery is a reserve unit that trains to help with local needs and emergencies.
  • 5. The first armoured unit is Lord Strathcona's Horse (Royal Canadians). It was created in 1885 and is still fighting today. The name comes from Lord Strathcona, a former Governor-General of Canada, and it was nicknamed The Horse because of their excellent service during the Boer War in South Africa.
  • 6. The Canadian Rangers are small units that are sent into remote areas for short periods of time to gather information about possible security threats or activities like illegal hunting or fishing.
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  • 7. The Navy is made up of the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) and the Maritime Naval Reserve (MN). The Royal Canadian Navy was created in 1910.
  • 8. The Canadian Armed Forces has been involved in over 90 military missions in 50 countries since its creation.
  • 9. The Princess Louise Fusiliers (1st Battalion) is an infantry battalion in the Canadian army. It was created in 1867 as a response to the 1867 uprising in Canada.
  • 10. The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada is a reserve armoured regiment, which means that they are trained to fight tanks during battle. It was created in Montreal in 1862 by Scottish immigrants to protect Canada against Americans during the American Civil War!
  • 11. On a list of 139 ranked country by military strength, Canada is ranked number 21 by Globalfirepower.com.
  • 12. The Canadian Armed Forces are known for many things, but the most famous is Canada‚Äôs involvement in World War 2. Canada is credited for driving Nazi Germany out of the Netherlands.
  • 13. Canada's Army has men and women as young as 16 years old and as old as 60 years old, so 35 years old or any age between 16 and 60 is acceptable. Canada has relaxed their standards over the years.
  • 14. If you are the new guy, expect to earn between $35,820 - $62,424 per year, but this will increase based on your experience and your years in service. And yes, soldiers in Canada pay taxes like everyone else.