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CANEX Canadian Forces Exchange System

What is CANEX?

The Canadian Forces Exchange System (CANEX), a division of the Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services (CFMWS), is tasked with supporting the Canadian Forces (CF) operational effectiveness, contributing to morale, esprit de corps and unit cohesion.

CANEX is a unit of the CF.

CANEX operates merchandising operations (retail outlets) and provides Canadian Forces members with Advantage Programs at CF Bases, Wings and Units throughout Canada. CANEX is Canada’s Military Store.


What is CANEX Mission?

Our mission is to make CANEX a preferred destination for members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) community by delivering a personalized, consistent and familiar shopping experience because they recognize, understand, anticipate and support their needs.


What is In It for Our CAF Members?

CANEX, Established in 1968, is a retail operation made up of a number of stores and services, designed specifically to meet the needs of the military community. In many ways, CANEX goes beyond the normal retail requirements in order to ensure the military community reaps extra benefit from the operation.

How, you ask? By returning money to the members of the Canadian Forces community. Members who shop CANEX are, in fact, putting money into their own communal account. A percentage of CANEX revenues from Canada and Germany are returned every year to the Base Fund of your Base/Wing. From there, the funds can go to support any number of projects and activities as determined by the Base Fund committee, including recreation programs like Brownies or Cubs, curling or skating, special events such as homecoming parties for deployed members, holiday festivities and the list goes on. Not only is the money returned to the military community in the form of Base Funds, but CANEX also provides employment for spouses and children of Canadian Forces members. It's a win-win situation.


What is the CANEX Service Advantage?

Grocery and Retail Stores

No Interest Credit Plan

Home and Auto Group Insurance

Food Services and Concessions

CANEX Rewards Loyalty Program

Home Heating Program


A Brief History

In 1967, the Defense Council approved the formation of CANEX and shortly thereafter, in 1968, CANEX commenced business.

For the next 22 years, CANEX operated under local management, with policy direction emanating from National Defense Headquarters (NDHQ).

In March of 1990, CANEX was restructured as a line organization, operating as a field unit of ADM (HR-Mil). In 1996, the Canadian Forces Personnel Support Agency (CFPSA) stood up, with CANEX as a division of CFPSA. In 2008, CFPSA became Canadian Forces Personnel and Family Support Services (CFPFSS). In 2013, CFPFSS became Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services (CFMWS). Overall direction for CFMWS and CANEX is provided by the NPP Board, which includes representatives from each of the CF Commands.

In order for CANEX facilities to obtain the lowest possible costs, buying is coordinated through the Merchandising and Marketing department located in Ottawa, which also provides technical support in areas such as grocery, convenience, petroleum, and food services

Welcome to CANEX.ca, Canada’s Military Store!

As a proud division of the Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services, CANEX has developed this exclusive shopping website to better serve the retail needs of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) Community.

By clicking here, you confirm that you are a member of the Canadian Armed Forces or part of the extended CAF community.