ISIS mission: National Defence releases detailed cost breakdown

The Department of National Defence has released a detailed breakdown of what it's spending during the Iraq mission's first six months.

Most of $122M devoted to aircraft, ammunition and accomodation

ISIS IED factory destroyed


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Canadian Forces Navy Capt. Paul Forget reveals a CF-18 airstrike destroyed an ISIS weapons factory in the province of Anbar in northern Iraq. ISIS advances have "all but ceased," he told reporters. 1:12

The Department of National Defence has released a detailed breakdown of how $122.6 million will be spent during the Iraq mission's first six months.

Of the $139.6 million requested for military operationsDefence Minister Jason Kenney said Thursday approximately $122.6 million is for the first six months of Operation Impact.

That figure includes:

  • Just over $73.5 million for aircraft maintenance, fuel and operation, and ammunition.
  • Around $34.1 million for meals and accommodation.
  • More than $8.8 million for "allowances" for around 600 of the people who are deployed, including hardship and risk allowances plus the government-mandated benefit program.
  • $2.2 million for "other personnel-related costs," including meals and transportation for people to and from where they're deployed.
  • Just under $550,000 for vehicles.
  • Around $3.3 million for "other costs" including camp setup, local purchases and other "miscellaneous amenities."
Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18 Hornets break away after refuelling with a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 340th Expeditionary Air Refuelling Squadron in October 2014 over Iraq. (U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Perry Aston/Canadian Press)
The other $17 million is for Operation Reassurance, which is Canada's contribution to the NATO Ukraine mission.

"This is not a guesstimate … those are the funds that we require for supplementary pay, for fuel, for operating cost and all incremental costs associated with Operation Impact," Kenney said Thursday.

"If we were to wrap up the mission and bring people home there would be additional costs in terms of the mission and if we were to extend the mission, obviously additional costs."

Earlier this week, the Parliamentary Budget Office said the cost of Operation Impact over that same six-month period could be anywhere from $128.8 million to $166.4 million.

ISIS IED factory destroyed

ISIS advances have 'all but ceased,' Capt. Paul Forget said in his latest briefing to the media on Thursday. (CBC)

Later in the day, the military gave a briefing on the Canadian role in the international coalition to fight ISIS in Iraq.

Capt. Paul Forget of the Royal Canadian Navy said Canadian CF-18 aircraft carried out one airstrike over the last week, destroying an ISIS weapons factory in the province of Anbar on Feb. 13.

When asked about why there was only one airstrike when the same briefing mentioned other offensives by Iraqi forces, Forget said you can't measure success by the number of airstrikes Canada carries out as a part of the coalition.

"This was a Canadian-led strike with two other nations, which destroyed a significant [improvised explosive device] factory," he said.

"Really we need to be focused more on results here, degrading [ISIS's] ability to utilize any IEDs either against the civilian population or against Iraqi security forces is nothing to be shunned upon."​

Previous briefings have detailed Canadian airstrikes and times when special forces have come under fire, along with the military's views on how ISIS has been affected by the international coalition's work​