If needed, 24,000 Canadian Armed Forces members will respond to Covid 19 crisis

The Canadian Armed Forces have been ‘put on a war footing’ in the event deployment is requested by Ottawa. Ottawa confirmed 24,000 members of the Canadian Armed Forces were mobilized to assist provincial and municipal governments.

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To date, no provincial government has asked for the help of the Armed Forces, but on Monday Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that the Canadian Forces have been preparing for that call. “We took precautionary measures early in the crisis. We will be there, we’re ready to help,” said Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan.

As of April 1, Rear Admiral Craig Baines, commander of Maritime Forces Atlantic, ordered the crews of the HMCS Moncton and HMCS Ville de Québec to be ‘sequestered’ in order to preserve their health.

Baines wrote in a letter on Monday saying, “tough decisions need to be made in order to preserve the Royal Canadian Navy’s ability to assist the civilian authorities and Canadians during this pandemic.”