Defence Ethics Programme

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The Defence Ethics Programme (DEP) is a comprehensive values-based ethics programme put in place to meet the needs of the Department of National Defence (DND) and the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), at both the individual and the organizational levels.

The aim and primary focus of the DEP is to foster the practice of ethics in the workplace and in operations such that members of the CAF and employees of DND will consistently perform their duties to the highest ethical standards.

Our Vision: To maintain ethical integrity by consistently applying the highest standards of values and ethics.

Our Mission: To guide DND and CAF personnel in choosing conduct that is consistently ethical.

Read the Terms of Reference for the DEP

Information: Contact the DEP

Defence Ethics Programme
Department of National Defence
Major-General George R. Pearkes Building
101 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
K1A 0K2
Facsimile: 613-947-5843

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The Code

The DND and CF Code of Values and Ethics

The DND and CF Code of Values and Ethics, part of the DEP, sets a standard of expected behaviours for all personnel in DND and the CAF. The principles, values and expected behaviours it contains apply to DND and its employees and to the CAF and its members.

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Statement of Defence Ethics

Statement of Defence Ethics

This statement of core ethical principles and obligations for the CAF and DND was developed and adopted under the authority of the Chief of Defence Staff and the Deputy Minister. It is consistent with Military Ethics and the Values and Ethics Code for the Public Service.

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Conflict of Interest

Conflict of Interest

A conflict of interest (COI) arises from an activity or situation that places a DND employee or a CAF member in a real, potential or apparent conflict between their private interests and their official duties and responsibilities.

The avoidance of COI is one of the primary means by which DND employees and CAF members maintain public confidence in the impartiality and objectivity of the Public Service and the CAF.

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