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

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

Email: CHofORecruiting@forces.gc.ca

Or contact

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

When We Train

Unit Parade Night: Thursday evenings (Sep - Jun) - 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. 

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 Christopher Jackson, CD
  • Regimental Sergeant-Major - Chief Warrant Officer Michael Lever, MMM, CD

Contact Us

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

Hours of Operations

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Thursday evenings (Sep - Jun): 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

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

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

News

Backgrounder: Strengthening the Army Reserve through Mission Tasks

Strong, Secure, Engaged (SSE), Canada’s Defence Policy, released in June 2017, clearly dictates that the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) must strengthen its Primary Reserve Force (PRes). The policy recognizes that the PRes forms an integral part of the CAF and its members contribute varied skills and backgrounds that enrich and strengthen the military.
April 26, 2018

Sergeant Cheryl Crispin (then a Private) practices with her service rifle

Joined at 40, Supply Technician likes mix of stability and excitement

Ottawa, Ontario — Got all your gear, fuel and rations? Thank your Supply Technician.
April 23, 2018

Major General Hetherington, accompanied by Honorary Colonel of the Canadian Army Paul Hindo

‘Respect the Arctic environment’: Major-General Simon Hetherington

Ottawa, Ontario — Major-General Simon Hetherington, Commander of the Canadian Army Doctrine and Training Centre (CADTC), based in Kingston, Ontario, intended to spend a whirlwind weekend in Resolute Bay in late February, 2018 to observe Arctic training going on there – but the “whirlwind” was almost replaced by a blizzard that would have prolonged his stay.
April 13, 2018

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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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