31 Combat Engineer Regiment (The Elgin's)

Unit Identification

Engineer Badge


"Everywhere. Whither Right And Glory Lead"


7 Squadron
40 Wilson Ave.
St. Thomas, ON  N5R 3R2

48 Squadron
B1-550 Parkside Dr.
Waterloo, ON  N2L 5V4

31 Combat Engineer Regiment (The Elgins)

31 Combat Engineer Regiment (The Elgins), 7 Squadron

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

Name: Sergeant Kenneth Nash
Phone: 226-376-5015
Email: Kenneth.Nash@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




  • Medium Support Vehicle System (MSVS)
    • Section Engineer Variant
    • Palfinger
  • Backhoes
  • Skid-steers

 See a list of Canadian Army 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: 519-888-9782


Private Ashwat Sajith of 31 Canadian Engineer Regiment (The Elgins)

Combat engineers adapt to COVID-19 environment

London, Ontario — Members of 31 Combat Engineer Regiment (31 CER) have overcome limits imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic by running virtual exercises.
September 9, 2020

Lieutenant Mike Schenk (right),  his daughter Kaitlyn, a former Army Cadet, and Staff Sergeant Tim Caddel

Cadet Instructor named Conservation Officer of the Year

New Liskeard, Ontario — An Ontario Cadet Instructor has been named Conservation Officer of the Year by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) and the Ontario Conservation Officers Association.
August 27, 2020

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

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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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