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Canadian Forces College

The Canadian Forces College gates

Established 1943 - Royal Canadian Air Force War Staff College; 1945 - RCAF Staff College; 1962 - Air Force College.
Type Military college
Chancellor S157 Hon. Peter MacKay (ex-officio as Minister of National Defence)
Location North York, Ontario, Canada
Campus Urban
Affiliations RMC PPC, DRDC, OCGS

The Canadian Forces College (CFC) is a military school for senior and general officers of the Canadian Forces. The college provides graduate level military education courses meant to enable officers to effectively provide leadership within the Canadian Forces in a whole-of-government framework.


The institution was established in 1943 as the Royal Canadian Air Force War Staff College (RCAF War Staff College). In 1945, the college was re-designated as the RCAF Staff College, which became a component of the Air Force College in 1962. The Air Force College also included a Headquarters, a Staff School and an Extension School. Following integration of the Canadian Armed Forces, the college was renamed Canadian Forces College" (CFC) in 1966.

The Officer's Mess / Quarters, Building 1 at Armour Heights Canadian Forces College site is a recognized Federal Heritage building 1991 on the Register of the Government of Canada Heritage Buildings.[1]

The CFC is located at 215 Yonge Boulevard at Wilson Avenue in North York, Ontario. The Canadian Forces Staff School for junior officers, formerly located at 1107 Avenue Road, was determined to be redundant and closed in 1994, and the property was later sold to the Metropolitan Separate School Board (now called the Toronto Catholic District School Board) as Marshall McLuhan Catholic Secondary School, opened in 1998.

Commemoration memorial of the Canadian Forces College


The Canadian Forces College's ex-AETE CF-104 Starfighter

The Canadian Forces College's Lynx Reconnaissance Vehicle

The CFC stated mission is to prepare senior military and civilian leaders to meet the complex security challenges of the future.[2]


The CFC is a world leader in defence and security education, research, and outreach, acting as the intellectual engine of the Canadian Forces and enhancing and sustaining the effectiveness of the Canadian Forces and of defence and security organizations within Canada and its alliances.[3]


  • Provide high-quality professional military education for selected Canadian and international officers, and selected non-commissioned members.
  • Establish a fully bilingual setting where education is achieved in the official language of choice.
  • Hold a body of professional knowledge across the spectrum of conflict and firmly rooted in doctrine that provides the framework for course material appropriate for Officer Development
  • Maintain an effective partnership with the Royal Military College of Canada to deepen the academic nature of the curricula and to support accreditation of the programmes.
  • Maintain effective liaison with national and foreign educational institutions for purposes of sharing reference, doctrine, exercise and simulation and teaching materials.
  • Seek high-quality guest speakers in support of the CFC curricula.
  • Efficiently and effectively command, control and administer the allocated personnel and financial resources.
  • Contribute to the goals and vision of the Canadian Defence Academy and of the Canadian Forces.
  • Contribute to the continued improvement of the Profession of Arms in Canada.



  • Joint Command and Staff Programme (JCSP)
  • National Security Programme (NSP)
  • Joint Command and Staff Programme Distance Learning (JCSP DL)
  • Joint Staff Operations Programme (JSOP)
  • Canadian Security Studies Programme (CSSP)
  • Executive Leaders’ Programme (ELP)

See also


  1. Register of the Government of Canada Heritage Buildings.
  4. CDA Planning Directive FY 06/07 – FY09/10


Coordinates: 43°44′35″N 79°24′47″W / 43.743°N 79.413°W / 43.743; -79.413

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