22 Wing CFB North Bay provides surveillance, identification, control, and warning for the aerospace defence of North America from its ultra-modern 100,000 sq. ft./9,290m2 facility.
Critical information on air sovereignty events is forwarded to the North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD) in Cheyenne Mountain, Colorado, where it is, in turn, passed on to the command authorities, the President of the United States and the Prime Minister of Canada, to decide on the appropriate responses.
As a result, 22 Wing/Canadian Forces Base North Bay is one of the most important military bases in Canada with respect to the continental air defence of North America and the country's air sovereignty. It is also home to one of the most unusual military installations in North America, the decommissioned NORAD Underground Complex, a bunker the size of a shopping centre, 60 storeys beneath the surface of the Earth.
200,000+ aircraft movements and 4,800 km of border are monitored in North Bay to protect airspace sovereignty.
All aircraft penetrating this radar coverage are detected and identified by the personnel of 21 Aerospace Control and Warning Squadron (AC&W Sqn), who are on guard 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Unidentified aircraft, aircraft in distress, or aircraft suspected of conducting illegal activities may be intercepted by CF-18 fighters.
North Bay is a diverse community that offers a perfect blend of opportunity and easy living. With a population of approximately 51,553 and a trading area of 112,000, North Bay offers economic advantages with easy access to larger Canadian and U.S. markets.