Governor General's Foot Guards
CIVITAS ET PRINCEPS CURA NOSTRA
"Our country and ruler are our concern"
Who We Are
Established on June 7th, 1872, the Governor General’s Foot Guards (GGFG) is the senior reserve infantry regiment in Canada. Located in Ottawa at the Cartier Square Drill Hall, the Regiment is a primary reserve infantry unit and our members are part-time soldiers who serve Canada. Comprised of over 200 soldiers and officers, the Foot Guards have three companies and a band. The three companies are divided by function; a Rifle Company, a Training Company and a Support Company. The Foot Guards have been a fixture in the national capital for over 140 years providing a functional and ceremonial presence throughout the Ottawa area.
Our Roles As Infantry Soldiers
At the core of our unit, we are infantry reserve soldiers who train part-time and full-time for domestic and international missions. This involves training for domestic operations like the 1998 Ice Storm where the unit deployed to help the citizens of Ontario recover from a national disaster. It also involves training for international operations and support to the Regular Force in countries such as Haiti, Afghanistan and Sudan, where troops from our regiment have deployed in recent years.
Our Ceremonial Role
As Guards, we share a close connection to the Governor General and participate in ceremonies in the Ottawa area. The Regiment has conducted the ceremony on Parliament Hill and at Rideau Hall for over 40 years. Our full dress uniform, with the scarlet tunic and bearskin hat, is immediately recognizable and one of the two uniforms worn by the ceremonial guard during the summer. The Ceremonial Guard, while a separate unit of from the GGFG, promulgates the traditions of the “guards regiments” and as such is supported by the GGFG in the summer. In addition to this excellent opportunity for full-time summer employment, our ceremonial duties also take place throughout the year.
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.
Phone: (613) 990-0502
Unit Parade Night: Tuesday evenings (Sept-Jun): 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm.
Commander: Lieutenant-Colonel Chris Lynam, CD, ADC
Sergeant Major: Chief Warrant Officer Neal Porter, CD
On June 7th, 1872, Her Majesty Queen Victoria approved Militia General Order 16, authorizing the formation of a Battalion of Foot Guards in Ottawa. This battalion was to have the same precedence and status in the Active Militia as held by Her Majesty’s Foot Guards in the Imperial Army. The regiment was to be known as the Governor General’s Foot Guards. Since 1879, the Regiment has been headquartered at the Cartier Square Drill Hall.
To this day, the Governor General’s Foot Guards remains the senior reserve infantry regiment in Canada. An iconic national institution, the Regiment has conducted the Changing of the Guard ceremony on Parliament Hill and at Rideau Hall for over 40 years. While the scarlet tunics and bearskin caps are the public face of the Regiment, it is first and foremost a primary reserve combat arms unit, trained to support Canada’s defence interests domestically and abroad.
Members of the Regiment took part in the Nile Expedition of 1884 and the following year provided a company of sharpshooters to quell the North West Rebellion, where the Regiment suffered its first two casualties. The Regiment has served in the South African War and in both the First and Second World Wars. In the intervening years, members have participated in numerous United Nations and NATO operations, including service in the Middle East, Cyprus, Somalia, the Former Republic of Yugoslavia, Haiti, Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, Sudan and Afghanistan. Currently the GGFG supports Op ATTENTION, which is Canada’s training assistance mission for NATO’s International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan.
The Regiment maintains a robust domestic response capability, deploying soldiers to the 1997 Manitoba Floods and a full company to the 1998 Ice Storm. The Regiment also supports planned domestic operations, having contributed significantly to Op CADENCE 2010 (G8/G20). The Regiment has also plays a major role in 33 Territorial Battalion Group (TBG). The TBG is a composite organisation comprised of all units within 33 Canadian Brigade Group and it is designed to respond to a wide variety of short-notice domestic operations. From December 2006 to April 2009 and again from April 2010 to September 2012, the Regiment was assigned the role as lead unit.For service on active duty, members of the Regiment have been awarded over 500 decorations, including 3 Victoria Crosses. Twenty two of the Regiment’s 34 Battle Honours are emblazoned on both the Regimental and Queen’s Colours.
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Governor General's Foot Guards
Cartier Square Drill Hall
2 Queen Elizabeth Drive
Ottawa, ON K1A 0K2
Phone: (613) 990-6605
Hours of Operations
Monday to Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday Evenings (Sept – Jun): 6:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
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