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.
- 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.