31 Combat Engineer Regiment (The Elgin's)

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31 Combat Engineer Regiment (The Elgins)

31 Combat Engineer Regiment (The Elgins), 40 Wilson Ave, St Thomas, ON,  N5R 3R2

Join Our Team

Please do not hesitate to call us for more information. We would be pleased to review your resume, and have you visit us for a tour of our unit.

Our Team Recruiter

Name: Sergeant Kenneth Nash
Phone: 226-378-5015
Email: Kenneth.Nash@forces.gc.ca

Or contact

Phone: 1-800-856-8488
Find a recruiting centre near you.

When We Train

Unit Parade Night: Thursday evenings 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Trades In Our Unit



  • Medium Support Vehicle System (MSVS)
  • Special Equipment Vehicle (MSVS SEV)
  • Dump Trucks
  • Backhoes
  • Skid-steers


See a complete list of Vehicles and Weapons.

Who We Are

31 Combat Engineer Regiment (The Elgins) is a reserve unit of the Canadian Armed Forces, supporting 31 Canadian Brigade Group. It consists of two squadrons: 7 Engineer Squadron in St. Thomas, Ontario, and 48 Engineer Squadron in Waterloo, Ontario.

Tracing its roots back to 1866 as the 25th (Elgin) Battalion of Infantry, the regiment has deployed soldiers to all major conflicts. This continues to the present day, with “Elgins” deploying to Iraq, Afghanistan, Latvia, and Ukraine.

 31 CER also supports domestic operations, sending personnel and equipment across Canada, most recently for Op LENTUS, in support of the Montreal Flooding, where 45 members of the “Elgins” helped construct a temporary bridge in Laval.

Benefits of Joining

When you join our unit, you will receive competitive pay for your part time or full time work as well as be eligible for on the job training that could benefit you in civilian life. Also, there are medical, dental and educational benefits available to Army Reservists.

Here are all the details:

Command Team

  • Commander: Lieutenant-Colonel Blair Ashford
  • Sergeant Major: Chief Warrant Officer Jonathan Kisslinger

Contact Us

St Thomas

31 Combat Engineer Regiment (The Elgins)
7 Squadron
40 Wilson Ave.
St. Thomas, ON
N5R 3R2

Phone: 519-631-3316, Ext. 7500


31 Combat Engineer Regiment (The Elgins) 
48 Squadron
B1-550 Parkside Dr.
Waterloo, ON
N2L 5V4

Phone: 226-868-3572


Government invests in modern facilities for Base Petawawa

December 1, 2017 – Petawawa, Ontario – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces
December 4, 2017

a soldier with razor wire

Bangalores, Belt Buckles, and Brits: 32 Canadian Brigade Group Exercise Culminates in Company Attack

Meaford, Ontario — Approximately 200 soldiers from 32 Canadian Brigade Group, as well as visiting soldiers from the United Kingdom, participated in Exercise STEADFAST WARRIOR 2017 from August 25 to 31, held at the 4th Canadian Division Training Centre Meaford.
November 1, 2017

A tank crew from the 1st Hussars with their Sherman tank

‘Raise that barrel’: 1st Hussars inspect London, Ontario’s D-Day tank

London, Ontario — Canadians will mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion in 2019 and a group of Army Reserve Veterans in Ontario is working to preserve a valuable artifact from that important day.
October 26, 2017

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Our History

The battalion was redesignated the 25th Elgin Regiment on 8 May 1900. The Regiment was disbanded on 1 August 1903, but re-established the next year on 17 May 1904 and titled the 25th Regiment.

In 1915 the Regiment answering Europe’s call to arms, having details placed on active service for local protection and augmenting the Canadian Expeditionary Force with volunteers for overseas service. Among providing soldiers to other locally raised battalions of the CEF, The Elgin Regiment was instrumental in the raising of the 91st Overseas Battalion, CEF. This unit was authorized on 22 December 1915 and sailed for England on 29 June 1916, its personnel were absorbed by the 12th, 35th, 36th, 37th, 38th and 39th Reserve Battalion'(s) on 15 July 1916 to provide reinforcements for the Canadian Corps in the field. Perpetuation of the 91st Battalion, CEF, is still carried by the Regiment today.

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