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Canadian Special Operations Forces Command (CANSOFCOM) (French: Commandement des Forces d'opérations spéciales du Canada; COMFOSCAN), is a command of the Canadian Forces. It is responsible for all special forces operations that are capable of responding to terrorism and threats to Canadians and Canadian interests around the world.[citation needed]



CANSOFCOM is composed of:

CANSOFCOM is capable of operating as an independent formation but its primary focus is to generate Special Operations Forces (SOF) elements to support Canada Command (CANCOM) and the Canadian Expeditionary Force Command (CEFCOM). Integrating special operations forces in this manner increases their impact in operations, as well as the range of options available to the government in the deployment of the Canadian Forces.

Core Tasks

CANSOFCOM core tasks are as follows:

  • Counter-Terrorism (CT) Operations - offensive and defensive measures taken to prevent, deter, pre-empt and respond to terrorism;
  • Maritime Counter-Terrorism (MCT) Operations – CT operations within the extremely complex maritime environment; and
  • High Value Tasks (HVT) - other missions, domestic or abroad, kinetic or non-kinetic, that may be assigned by the Government of Canada: counter-proliferation; special reconnaissance; direct action; defence, diplomacy and development; and non-combatant evacuation operations.

Commanding officers

Brigadier-General D. Michael Day, CD is the current Commander Canadian Special Operations Forces Command.

Previous commanders include:

Colonel David Barr, CD, was the Commander of CANSOFCOM from its formation to 2007.


All members of CANSOFCOM wear the tan beret regardless of environment (sea, land or air) with their former branch/unit cap badges.

Other elite

Canadian Forces members undergo rigorous training of a variety of types; these soldiers are not necessarily employed in "special forces" roles. Some of this specialized training includes Army snipers, parachutists, pathfinders, and combat divers, as well as foreign training such as Ranger training with the US Army Rangers. Many soldiers who have received such training utilize these skill sets in regular combat arms units, and are not considered "special forces".

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