Canadian women have served in virtually every armed conflict or peacekeeping effort Canada has engaged in during the past century and a half.
Women served with distinction in the Boer War and the First and Second World wars.
- In 1987, the Canadia Air Force opened all positions to women.
- In 1989, all military occupations were opened to women, with one exception:
- Service aboard submarines (which was opened in 2001).
- First women infantry soldiers.
- First two women CF-18 fighter pilots.
- In 1991, The Gulf War was the first conflict in which Canadian women took part in combat.
- In 1991, HMCS Nipigon becomes the first mixed gender warship to participate in NATO exercises.
AS of 2020, women make up approximately 15% of the Canadian military, with over 7,900 female personnel serving in the regular force and more than 4,800 women serving in the primary reserve.
|Service Group||Women (%)|
|Regular Force Officers||19.3|
|Regular Force Non-Commissioned Members (NCM’s)||14.1|
|Total Regular Force Members||15.4|
|Primary Reserve Officers||16.9|
|Primary Reserve NCM’s||16.2|
|Total Primary Reserve Members||16.3|
|Regular Force & Primary Reserve Officers||18.7|
|Regular Force & Primary Reserve NCM’s||14.8|
|Total Regular Force & Primary Reserve Members||15.7|
The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) aims to have 1 in 4 CAF members being women by 2026.