Joint Task Force (North)

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Joint Task Force (North) HQ (CFNA HQ Yellowknife)
The sign outside the Joint Task Force North HQ.

Joint Task Force (North) (French: Force opérationnelle interarmées du nord) is responsible for all Canadian Armed Forces operations and administration in northern Canada, namely the Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and the waters of the Arctic Ocean (within Canada) and Hudson Bay. JTFN is headquartered in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, and is part of Canadian Joint Operations Command.

While Canadian military operations in the North date to the Yukon Field Force during the 1890s Klondike Gold Rush, its immediate history started with the formation of Canadian Forces Northern Area (CFNA) in 1970. CFNA's motto was Custos Borealis (Latin, "Northern Guardian").

Canadian Forces Northern Area was dissolved in 2006 and replaced by Joint Task Force North (JTFN) of the new Canada Command, commanded by Vice-Admiral J.Y. Forcier. Canada Command has since been absorbed by the newly formed Canadian Joint Operations Command (CJOC), established in 2012. JTFN is currently commanded by Brigadier-General G.D. Loos, OMM, CD. JTFN has received increasing national attention in recent years with greater emphasis being made on Canada's claim to arctic sovereignty.[1] Each summer, hundreds of Canadian soldiers participate in Operation Nanook, an annual display of sovereignty in Canada's northern latitudes.[2] The operation has been held annually since 2007.

Reserve forces[edit]

C Company, The Loyal Edmonton Regiment (4 PPCLI) light infantry Yellowknife
1 Canadian Ranger Patrol Group with a total of 58 patrols Canadian Rangers Yellowknife
Canadian Junior Rangers Canadian Rangers Yellowknife


  • CFS Alert: signals intelligence intercept facility
  • CFNA HQ Yellowknife: home to 1 Canadian Ranger Patrol Group, 440 Transport Squadron, and depending on time of year, many cadet squadrons
  • CFNA HQ Whitehorse: home to Junior Rangers detachment
  • CF Detachment Nunavut: detachment office




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  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-08-27. Retrieved 2011-08-11. 

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Coordinates: 62°27′20″N 114°22′31″W / 62.45556°N 114.37528°W / 62.45556; -114.37528 (Joint Task Force North (Canada))