The soldier was shot during an exercise at approximately 10 pm at the base in Wainwright, Alberta, which is about 200 kilometres southeast of Edmonton, the department said in the statement on Saturday. He was transported to a nearby hospital in Wainwright and then flown to a hospital in Edmonton, where he died on Saturday early morning.
Live-fire exercises in which the soldier participated have been suspended and an investigation is underway.
General Jonathan Vance, Chief of the Defence Staff, said on Twitter that the soldier's name will be revealed after notifying the family members. He expressed his condolences to family and friends, as well as to the 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group, 3rd Battalion Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry and the Royal Westminster Regiment.
“On behalf of all ranks of the CAF, I offer my condolences to the family and friends of our fallen soldier as well as to 1CMBG, 3PPCLI and the Royal Westminster Regiment. We will release his name once all family are notified.” JV— General Jonathan Vance (@CDS_Canada_CEMD) October 31, 2020
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau offered his condolences to the family on Twitter on Saturday.
Tragically, a member of the Canadian Armed Forces lost their life during a training exercise in Wainwright, Alberta. Our hearts go out to their loved ones and @CanadianForces colleagues. Know that we are mourning with you and are here to support you during this difficult time.— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) October 31, 2020
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney also extended his sympathies to the family.
A Canadian soldier was killed yesterday during live-fire exercises at CFB Wainwright.— Jason Kenney (@jkenney) October 31, 2020
Our condolences to the fallen soldier’s loved ones & comrades.
All of those who wear our country’s uniform take real risks to defend us. Thank-you to all who serve. https://t.co/BwCqwNqNQu