Operation CANOPY was the Canadian Forces (CF) participation in the Government of Canada’s efforts to help the residents of Kashechewan, Ontario.
CF personnel who had deployed to Kashechewan with a Reverse Osmosis Water Purification Unit (ROWPU) have returned to 8 Wing Trenton, Ontario, and 4 Wing Cold Lake, Alberta. They have successfully completed their mission of supplementing local water-purification facilities. The detachment produced enough potable water to meet the community’s daily needs during the operation. It also provided a reserve for the future. The detachment had arrived in the northern Ontario community on October 30, 2005.
Reservists from 3 Canadian Ranger Patrol Group, living in Kashechewan, remain ready to help the community as required.
Overall, the CF contribution has included:
Operation CANOPY was about Canadians helping Canadians, and yet another example of the professional and outstanding work accomplished by members in uniform.
With a population of about 1,900, Kashechewan is located in northern Ontario, approximately 480 kilometers north of Timmins, Ontario.