The Conference of Defence Associations was established in 1932 to study the problems of defence and security and to promote the efficiency and well-being of Canada’s Armed Forces.
More than 70 years later, the CDA is still the leading national voice on those original issues which have expanded to include national sovereignty, individual liberty and freedom, and developments around the globe which affect the peace and security of Canada.
The CDA is the oldest and influential advocacy group in Canada’s defence community, representing fifty associations from all parts of the country. The CDA expresses its ideas and opinions with a view to influencing government security and defence policy.
The CDA Institute provides public information services on national security and defence issues by conducting studies, seminars and symposia, and publishing their results in print and on this website.