Canada’s special forces organization has emerged a big winner in the Liberal defence policy, which calls for increased recruitment of commandos and more than $1 billion in new equipment.
The ranks of the Ottawa-based special forces will be boosted by 605 personnel, and $1.5 billion will be spent on new equipment ranging from surveillance aircraft to boats.
There are currently around 1,900 personnel in special forces. That would increase to 2,500, but the Liberal government has not detailed the timeframe in which this would take place.
The defence policy does not stipulate where the new personnel will be based but the majority of Canadian special forces are located in Ottawa and at Garrison Petawawa, Ont.