The Conference of Defence Associations is the oldest and most influential advocacy group in Canada’s defence community, representing 50 associations from all parts of the country. It is a non-partisan, independent, non-profit organization. The CDA restricts its aim to one specific area – security and defence issues. The CDA expresses its ideas and opinions with a view to influencing government security and defence policy.

CDA Objectives

  • Consider the problems of national security;
  • Assist the Government of Canada in placing these problems before Canadians;
  • Co-ordinate the activities of member associations in matters of common interest affecting all Branches and Services of the Canadian Forces;
  • Make recommendations to the Government of Canada through the Minister of National Defence, various Parliamentary Committees and other appropriate channels.
  • Promote the efficiency and well being of the Canadian Forces.
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