The Royal Hamilton Light Infantry (Wentworth Regiment)

Unit Identification

The Royal Hamilton Light Infantry crest


“Always ready”

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: Sgt Matthews
Phone: 905-971-1742

Or contact

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

When We Train

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

Trades In Our Unit


Weapons :


  • Medium Support Vehicle System (MSVS)
  • Military Commercial Off-self (MilCOTS)

See a complete list of Weapons and Vehicles.

Who We Are

The Royal Hamilton Light Infantry (RHLI) is a reserve unit of 31 Canadian Brigade Group, whose task is to augment Canada’s military with trained infantrymen and influence activities personnel.

The RHLI is looking for dedicated, fit and confident men and women with an interest in challenging training as infantry soldiers. New members in High School or University with time to work one evening a week, one weekend a month, and full-time during the summer are prime candidates. On top of infantry training, members of the RHLI have the opportunity to learn influence activity skills which includes civil-military cooperation and psychological warfare. For those interested in the psychological aspects of war, the RHLI will provide advanced training and multiple opportunities for employment.

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 J.P. Hoekstra, CD
  • Sergeant Major: Chief Warrant Officer M. Brewster, CD

Contact Us

The Royal Hamilton Light Infantry
John Weir Foote VC Armoury
200 James St. North
Hamilton, ON
L8R 2L1

Phone number 905-972-4001, Ext. 4150


Corporal (Retired) Hyacinth Telfer

She listened to her ‘Madda,’ enjoyed 20 years in the Army and 17 as a Defence civilian employee

Ottawa, Ontario — Even Corporal (Retired) Hyacinth Telfer has to admit that her “Madda” did know best after all.
March 21, 2018

Major Karine Thibault, Co-ordinator of Canadian Forces Base/Area Support Unit St-Jean

An Army of Internet users in Quebec takes part in Exercise YOGA 2018

Montreal, QC — On March 8, 2018, across Quebec, members of the Defence Team and thousands of Internet users took part in Exercise YOGA 2018 – a time for relaxation and well-being. The purpose was to mark International Women’s Day while promoting the importance of physical fitness and mental health.
March 19, 2018

, Ceremonial Guard members stand ready to parade

You could be a part of the Changing of the Guard on Parliament Hill

Ottawa, Ontario — If you have ever visited Parliament Hill in downtown Ottawa on a summer day, you may have seen the men and women of the Ceremonial Guard (CG) in scarlet uniforms with towering bearskin hats as they marched with precision to the sound of an accompanying military band.
March 15, 2018

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Our History

Established on December 11th, 1862 as the 13th Battalion Volunteer Militia, the RHLI is the oldest infantry regiment in the Hamilton-Burlington area. The RHLI has been present in every Canadian military campaign and the history of the Regiment reflects the history of the nation it serves. “Rileys”, as they are known, were present at the Battle of Ridgeway during the Fenian Raids, the Red River uprising and the Boer War. In both World Wars, Rileys distinguished themselves, and members also served in Korea. Rileys have also served in the former Republic of Yugoslavia, Kuwait, The Congo, Sierra Leone, Haiti and Afghanistan.

The official history of The Royal Hamilton Light Infantry (Wentworth Regiment) can be found on the Directorate of History and Heritage website.

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