The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa (Duke of Edinburgh's Own)

Unit Identification

The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa crest

ADVANCE

   

Location

Cartier Square Drill Hall
2 Queen Elizabeth Dr.
Ottawa, ON  K1A 0K2

Army Reserve

Graphic: Joanna Gajdicar

Join Our Team

Looking for full-time or part-time work? We are hiring and provide excellent career opportunities. Please do not hesitate to call or email our recruiter who will be pleased to answer any questions you may have and provide direction on how to apply to our Regiment.

Our Team Recruiter

Email: CHofORecruiting@forces.gc.ca

Or contact

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

When We Train

September to June:

  • Thursday evenings
  • 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
  • one weekend per month.

Full-time summer employment is available from May to August.

Trades In Our Unit

Equipment

Who We Are

The Regiment, as part of 33 Canadian Brigade Group, is tasked to train soldiers in the light infantry role for augmentation to the Regular Force and for use in emergencies at home. The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa (Duke of Edinburgh's Own) also proudly serve as the city of Ottawa’s official regiment. The Regiment is tasked, as needed, to provide Ceremonial Guards of Honour for visiting dignitaries and for National Ceremonies and events. Another very active part of the Regimental family is the Cameron Highlanders Pipe and Drums who are regularly tasked in national ceremonial roles, competitions and events in the Ottawa Valley. The Camerons' perennial home is the Cartier Square Drill Hall built in 1879, located at 2 Queen Elizabeth Drive, Ottawa, Ontario.

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

  • Commanding Officer - Lieutenant-Colonel Gord Scharf, CD
  • Regimental Sergeant-Major - Chief Warrant Officer Drummond Robertson, CD

Contact Us

The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa
Cartier Square Drill Hall
2 Queen Elizabeth Dr.
Ottawa, ON  K1A 0K2
Phone: 613-990-6603

Recruiting
1745 Alta Vista Dr.
Ottawa, ON  K1A 0K6

To book an appointment please email: CHofORecruiting@forces.gc.ca

News

Canadian Armed Forces and Allies hone joint warfighting skills at computer-assisted Exercise UNIFIED RESOLVE 2020

February 10, 2020 – Kingston, ON – Department of National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces
February 10, 2020

Major Greg Frank

‘Final Round’ marks an end to 37 years of service

Meaford, Ontario — On a brisk October afternoon, Major (Retired) Greg Frank loaded a C3 105 mm Howitzer. It was a task he had completed literally thousands of times over his 37-year career in the Canadian Army Reserve but this would be different: it was the last round he would ever fire.
February 7, 2020

New members of The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada, a Toronto-based Army Reserve regiment, are given Coins of Remembrance to mark Remembrance Day.

Queen’s Own Rifles coins ‘a sacred obligation’ to their Fallen

Toronto, Ontario — A 20-year-old tradition of honouring 160 years of their Regimental Fallen with commemorative Coins of Remembrance is still going strong at the Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada (QOR).
November 26, 2019

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Our History

The Regiment traces its history back to 1861 when a number of Militia companies were organized for the defense of Canada during the American Civil War. One of these companies was mobilized during the first Fenian Raid (Irish nationalists) into Canada from the United States in 1866. Later that year, nine independent infantry companies were united to form the 43rd Carleton Battalion of Infantry. In 1867, the 43rd provided the guard of honour for the opening of the first parliament of the newly formed Dominion of Canada. The 43rd Carleton Battalion of Infantry was disbanded in December 1875.

On 5 August 1881, the formation of the 43rd Battalion of Infantry was authorized. Almost immediately the unit was converted to rifles and re-designated the 43rd Ottawa and Carleton Battalion of Rifles. Permission was granted in January 1882 for the Regiment to adopt the motto of the City of Ottawa - ADVANCE. This remains the motto of the Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa and is worn on their badges.

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