DND News

New CDS to assume command

A Change of Command ceremony on 14 January 2021, will see command transfer from General Jonathan Vance to Vice-Admiral Art McDonald as the new Chief of the Defence Staff.

The live-streamed ceremony commences at 2:15 pm on the CAF Facebook page with a Smudging ceremony and opening remarks. 

Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, will preside over the ceremony virtually.

The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada; the Honourable Harjit Sajjan, Minister of National Defence; and the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence will also attend virtually.