Defence Officials Salaries – Ranking –

According to the National Defence Act,  a majority of the DND/CAF senior staff are appointed by the Governor-in-Council , these includes the Deputy Minister, the Chief of the Defence Staff, the DND/CF Ombudsman, the Chair Military Grievances External Review Committee, the Chair Military Police Complaints Commission and the Judge Advocate General. The Chief Military Judge and the military judges’ pay scale is determined via the recommendations made by a Military Judges Compensation Committee. (Their last report was tabled on September 28, 2012)

30-sep-firstMajor General Bernard Blaise Cathcart, the Judge Advocate General, who is not a Judge but a legal advisor, is paid the equivalent of a federal/superior court judge. His pay is 125% of the salary paid to the Minister of National Defence, the Associate Minister of National Defence, the Chief of the Defence Staff, well as well as the Commanders of the Navy, Army and Air Force. Why?  

TITLE Dates of Appointment Name Salary

Judge Advocate General30-sep-catchart

April 14, 2010

April 13, 2018

MGen Bernard B. Cathcart $314,000.

Chief of the Defence Staff



April 27, 2015


General Jon. H. Vance $219,100.



Vice Chief of the Defence Staff

VAdm Mark Norman


Minister of National Defence


November 4, 2015 Hon. Harjit Sajjan $251,900.

Associate Minister of National Defence


November 4, 2015

Hon. Kent Hehr $251,900.

Commander, Royal Canadian Navy

VAdm Ron Lloyd $233,508
Commander, Canadian Army LGen Paul Wynnyk $233,508.


Commander, Royal Canadian Air Force

LGen Michael Hood $233,508.

Principal, Royal Military College

August 1, 2013

July 31, 2017

MGen (ret.d) Harry J. Kowal $200,900.

to $236,300.

DND/CF Ombudsman

April 7, 2014

April 6, 2019

Gary Walbourne $174,700.



Chair, Military Grievances External Review Committee


Mars 2, 2009

Mars 1, 2017

Bruno Hamel $142,800.



Chair, Military Police Complaints Commission

October 5, 2015 to October 4, 2020 Hillary McCormack $142,800.




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