The Conference of Defence Associations was established in 1932 to study the problems of defence and security and to promote the efficiency and well-being of Canada’s Armed Forces. More than 75 years later, the CDA is still the leading national voice on those original issues which have expanded to include national sovereignty, individual liberty and freedom, and developments around the globe which affect the peace and security of Canada.
The CDA is the oldest and most influential advocacy group in Canada’s defence community, representing 52 associations from all parts of the country. The CDA expresses its ideas and opinions with a view to influencing government security and defence policy. It is a non-partisan, independent, and non-profit organization.
The objectives of the CDA are:
- Consider the problems of national security;
- Assist the Government of Canada in placing these problems before Canadians;
- Co-ordinate the activities of member associations in matters of common interest affecting all Branches and Services of the Canadian Forces;
- Make recommendations to the Government of Canada through the Minister of National Defence, various Parliamentary Committees and other appropriate channels.
- Promote the efficiency and well being of the Canadian Forces.