3 Intelligence Company

Unit Identification

3 Intelligence Company

E Tenebris Lux
From darkness, light

3 Intelligence Company (3 Int Coy) is a line unit of the Canadian Armed Forces assigned to support the land element (known as the Canadian Army), and reports directly to the 5th Canadian Division, with both headquartered in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Intelligence Operators and Officers provide military intelligence support in operations, planning and decision-making. Their work has an impact on military and national security, and the political and public relations of the government. Intelligence personnel assigned to the unit train regularly to augment Regular Force counterparts on domestic and foreign operations thereby enabling the “total force” concept which comprises both a regular and reserve component.

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Command Team

Commanding Officer - Major James (Jamie) Foote
Sergeant-Major - Master Warrant Officer James Locke

Our History

On 15 Nov 1950, HQ Eastern Command authorized the formation of 3 Intelligence Company.  3 Intelligence Training Company was given the important role of being the Intelligence Unit responsible to Group HQ. 3 Intelligence Company was formally stood up at the Queen Street Armouries by Major Edward Fairweather  Harrington on 7 February 1951, the units first Commanding Officer.  This new company office was located on the corner of Queen and Spring Garden Roads.

During the 1950s the role of 3 Intelligence Training Company encompassed a wide number of subjects/topics including: the monitoring of the enemy order of battle; equipment recognition; training in interrogation of POW; Security training; Air Photo Interpretation; Foreign Languages Training; and map provisioning.

Dissolved at Unification, the current unit was stood up on November 4, 1995 at a parade near the old library building in Royal Artillery Park, downtown Halifax.

In its lifetime, the Intelligence Company has had many homes.  Initially 3 Intelligence Training Company was housed in the Queen Street Armouries at the corner of Queen Street and Spring Garden Road.  The first move took place in 1952 when the unit moved to the Barrington Street Armouries.  The next move was in 1958.  The Armouries at the Corner of Cunard and Maynard Streets was the location that was to last for 14 years.  Another move came in 1972, when the unit once again took up and moved to Building 3 Ahern Avenue.  This building is located at the base of the Citadel Hill.  In 1986, the unit moved to Building 1 on Ahern Avenue.  In 1991, with the implementation of Land Forces Atlantic Area HQ, the Intelligence Section (Platoon) moved to the old MARCOM building located at the corner of South and Barrington Streets.  From the MARCOM building the Intelligence Unit moved to Building 6 Royal Artillery Park in 1995.  In the summer of 2002, 3 Int Coy moved to its present home at Windsor Park in Halifax.

3 Intelligence Company is identified in the Intelligence Master Development Plan (IMDP), as both a national and regional Intelligence augmentation unit.  Its role, as it was for 3 Intelligence Training Company in 1951 is training.  This role in many ways embraces many of the same themes as the former company.

In 2013, the capability of 3 Int Coy was elevated beyond the training capacity to also include the provision of force generation through the addition of the 3 Int Coy High Readiness Intelligence Support Team (HR IST). This HR IST is a full time Class B High Readiness Intelligence Support Team tasked to support the Comd 5 Div to fulfill tasking to deploy 2 x Intelligence Support Teams concurrently in the event of a domestic operation and the deployment of the Div Incident Response Unit (IRU).  The company also continues to provide Intelligence support to all collective training events and exercises. In line with the “total force” concept, the unit continues to routinely deploy one or two personnel a year to support assigned Regular Force international military missions. 

Join Our Unit

If you are interested in joining the 3 Intelligence Company, please contact our recruiting office directly at 902-722-4220 or by emailing our Unit recruiter at mailto:3intcoyrec@forces.gc.caor visit the Canadian Forces recruiting website.

When We Train

3 Intelligency Company trains from September through to June on Thursday evenings (7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.) and one weekend per month.


For more information about the vehicles and weapons used by the Canadian Army, visit our Equipment page.

Contact Us

3 Intelligence Company
PO Box 99000 Stn Forces
Halifax, NS B3K 5X5

Phone: (902) 722-4220

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