The Lincoln and Welland Regiment

Unit Identification

The Lincoln and Welland Regiment crest


"Not for us but for our country"

Army Reserve

Graphic: Joanna Gajdicar

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 Derek Pannozzo
Phone:  1-905-685-6777 ext. 3532

Or contact

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

When We Train

Unit Parade Night: Thursday evenings: 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm.

Trades In Our Unit




  • Medium Support Vehicle System (MSVS)
  • Military Commercial Off-The-Shelf (MilCOTS)
  • Crew Cab

See a complete list of Weapons and Vehicles.

Who We Are

The Lincoln and Welland Regiment is a reserve infantry unit that is located in St. Catharines, Ontario.  As infantry, the Regiment trains to support the infantry’s core mission which is to close with and destroy the enemy. The Regiment conducts training in offensive, defensive and patrolling exercises as dismounted infantry. As well, the Regiment prepares and trains to assist the civic authorities in case of domestic emergencies such as floods or ice storms.

The Lincoln and Welland Regiment traces its history to the Butler’s Rangers in 1777 who participated to defend British North America during the American revolutionary war. The Lincoln Militia was raised from the Niagara area and participated in the war of 1812.  Between 1866 and 1914 there were various name changes and reorganizations. In 1914, the 19th “Lincoln” Regiment had its headquarters in St. Catharines, and the 44th “Lincoln and Welland” Regiment had its headquarters in Niagara Falls; each unit comprised eight companies.  On 15 December 1936, the two units, then known as The Lincoln Regiment and The Lincoln and Welland Regiment, were reorganized into The Lincoln and Welland Regiment with an establishment of 467 all ranks. Members of the Regiment served in the WWII and many conflicts and deployments since that time, including Korea, Cyprus, the Balkans, Afghanistan and Iraq.

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 Chris Cincio, CD
  • Sergeant Major: Chief Warrant Officer Steve Ward, CD

Contact Us

Lincoln and Welland Regiment
81 Lake Street
St. Catharines, ON
L2R 5X3

Phone: 905-685-6777


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Our History

The history of the Regiment can be traced to the raising of Butler's Rangers on 15 September 1777. Lieutenant Colonel John Butler, an officer in the New York colonial militia and the British Indian Department, was a Loyalist from the Mohawk Valley in New York. He convinced Sir Guy Carleton, the Governor of Canada, that a Ranger unit should be raised to fight on the frontiers in conjunction with the Indians. He eventually raised 10 companies and some 900 officers and men headquartered at Fort Niagara. Butler’s Rangers fought on the frontiers of New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky before being reduced to nil strength on 24 June 1784. By 1794, after several re-organizations, Colonel Butler and most of the former Rangers formed the Lincoln Militia in the Niagara Region.

By the outbreak of the War of 1812 the Lincoln Militia had been organized into five regiments. Elements of each of those regiments were involved in all major engagements from Niagara to Detroit, including the Battle of Queenston Heights on 13 October 1812. There, a soldier of the 2nd Lincoln Militia, captured an American Regimental Colour - an act unique in the history of the Canadian Army.

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