North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)

The North Atlantic Treaty was signed in Washington on April 4, 1949 establishing the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. This political and military alliance is designed to promote the stability of the North Atlantic area and to safeguard the freedom of its peoples, based on the principles of democracy, individual liberty and the rule of law. Canada has been a member of North Atlantic Treaty Organization since its inception.

Canada in NATO

Canada has been a member of NATO since it was founded in 1949. NATO is a major contributor to international peace and security and a cornerstone of Canadian security and defence policy. The Alliance is the embodiment of the transatlantic link that binds North American and European security together.

Canada’s priority for NATO is to ensure that the Alliance remains modern, flexible and agile and thus able to face the threats of today and those arising in the future. This goal drives all of Canada’s efforts on NATO transformation, reform and partnerships with non-NATO countries.

The Canadian Armed Forces are among the most engaged, agile, deployable and responsive armed forces within NATO, and Canada is proud to have contributed to every NATO operation since the founding of the Alliance more than six decades ago. Canada's participation in NATO operations around the world is a tangible signal of our commitment to the trans-Atlantic Alliance.