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... Air Defense units as a Total Force Unit was tried and found to be very costly. So most likely that will not happen again, training areas are too small for live fires, and costly to do, requires massive equipment for simulators to be installed. ...
I suggest that the reason for the failure was that the Army was looking to the Reserves to supply a ready, expeditionary, tactical capability to meet the needs of a deployed Army formation. And I believe that relying on the Reserves for any foreign service capability is a mug's game. No government wants to admit there is a problem they can't handle within their existing plans. And that is what calling up the Reserves declares - "we screwed up and we need to disrupt your daily lives".
On the other hand we have the RCAF's integration of its Reserves into its operational plans. Perhaps the RCAF would be a better match for the domestic GBAD (and Coastal Defence) than the RCA. As to training, I believe a centralized training facility, perhaps at Cold Lake, might work followed up by dry training on the actual systems deployed at the airports.
Then the Army can focus on its Mobile Air Defence requirements.