Extra costs of Iraq mission $122M, defence minister says

The federal government says Canada’s war in Iraq has cost at least $122 million, not including salaries and other fixed costs.

Defence Minister Jason Kenney revealed the figure Monday after the government had spent months refusing to release any cost estimates. The move came as Parliament’s budgetary watchdog was preparing to release his own study of how much Canada’s war against the Islamic State (ISIL) is costing.

“Estimated incremental costs to date are approximately $122 million,” Kenney said in a statement. “Costs will ultimately be higher than that, but how much higher will depend on whether we wrap up the operation at the end of March, or extend it, so total final costs are still difficult to calculate.”