The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada

Unit Identification

The Queen's Own Rifles crest

IN PACE PARATUS

“Prepared in Peace”

Who We Are

The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada is an Army Reserve regiment based in downtown Toronto and Scarborough.  Founded on April 26 1860, it is the oldest continuously serving infantry regiment in Canada, with its seniority designated by the “Big 2” on its distinctive Maple Leaf Cap badge. It is the only Rifle Regiment in 32 Brigade Group and the only Primary Reserve regiment in Canada to have a parachute tasking.

The role of the Army Reserve (historically known as the Militia) is to produce well trained soldiers to augment operations of the Canadian Forces in Canada and abroad. The unit is prepared to respond to any emergency or natural disaster in the region.

Trained soldiers are addressed as Riflemen. As the only Reserve parachute-tasked regiment, The QOR of C qualifies specialist personnel to serve both within the battalion and externally with the Regular Forces including the Canadian Forces Land Advanced Warfare Centre, with specialists such as parachute instructors, jumpmasters, pathfinders and drop-zone/landing-zone controllers. The Parachute Company conducts specialist exercises several times a year, including tactical airborne exercises with 8 Wing (RCAF), Trenton. The QOR have also supported the Canadian Forces SkyHawks with several members joining the elite parachute Demonstration Team. Once trained as Riflemen, soldiers progress to advance skills training in helicopter operations, as rappel masters, or in reconnaissance and advanced mountain operations, where physical toughness, critical decision-making and routine risk-taking are in high demand.

 On the battlefield, a light infantry battalion moves quickly on foot, unburdened by heavy equipment. Ultimately, in the doctrine of the Canadian Army, the battlefield role of the infantry is "to close with and destroy the enemy."

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Unit Parade Night: Wednesday evenings from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

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Command Team

Commander, The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada

Commander: Lieutenant-Colonel Sandi Banerjee, CD

Sergeant Major, The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada

Sergeant Major: Chief Warrant Officer Paul R. Martin, CD

Our History

The Queen's Own is Canada’s longest continuously serving infantry regiment and one of its most honoured. Founded on April 26th, 1860, the regiment was established by the fusion of six existing rifle companies: Barrie Volunteer Militia Rifle Company; 1st and 3rd Toronto Volunteer Militia Rifle Companies; Toronto Highland Volunteer Rifle Company; Toronto Volunteer Militia Foot Artillery Company, and the Whitby Volunteer Highland Rifle Company. It was formed as the 2nd Battalion, Volunteer Militia Rifles of Canada, a designation which has been perpetuated by the “2” in the regimental cap badge. The 1st Battalion was formed in Montreal and no longer exists. Although they were volunteers, there was no shortage of military expertise. The regiment's first Commanding Officer, Lieutant-Colonel W.S. Durie, was a Sandhurst graduate and British Army veteran; while Capt H. Goodwin, the adjutant, had fought in the Battle of Waterloo as a member of the Royal Horse Artillery.

The Queen's Own has taken part in every Canadian military campaign, sustaining its first casualties - seven killed in action, two dead of wounds and 21 wounded - fighting the Fenians in the Battle of Ridgeway, June 2, 1866. Since then, in the Red River Expedition, Northwest Rebellion, South African War, two World Wars and the Korean War, the regiment had served and fought with great distinction, losing almost 2,000 men in battle and many thousand wounded. Seven of its soldiers have been awarded the Victoria Cross.

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Equipment

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Contact Us

The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada
Moss Park Armoury
130 Queen Street East
Toronto, ON M5A 1R9

Telephone: (416) 635-2761

Hours of Operations

Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday evenings: 7:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

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