The Royal Westminster Regiment

Unit Identification

The Royal Westminster Regiment Badge

For King and Country

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: Lt. S.R. Oh
Phone: 604-666-4282

Or contact

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

When We Train

Unit Parade Night: Wednesday evenings 7:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. in New Westminster and Chilliwack, B.C.

Who We Are

The Royal Westminster Regiment is a Primary Reserve light infantry unit of the Canadian Armed Forces. The Regimental Headquarters and A Coy are based in New Westminster, B.C. and D Coy is located in Chilliwack, B.C.

The Regiment can trace its heritage back to the formation of the New Westminster Volunteer Rifle Company in 1863.  The Regiment and its perpetuated units served with distinction in the World Wars and it has subsequently contributed to NATO and UN Operations including in the Former Yugoslavia and Afghanistan, and domestic aid to civil power in cases of emergency.

The infantry is the backbone of the Canadian Army, and their role is to “close with and destroy the enemy, by day or by night, in all weather conditions and terrain.” As part of the Primary Reserve, the Regiment augments and supports the Regular Force in whatever capacity needed.

Fast and flexible in combat, light infantry soldiers are capable of performing various operations including airmobile, amphibious, and environmental operations in the Arctic, the mountains, or the desert. Infantry soldiers are highly trained, dependable, and self-disciplined individuals who are able to readily adapt to dynamic situations and environment.

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 D.J. Vernon, CD
  • Regimental Sergeant Major: Chief Warrant Officer B. Gardner, CD

Contact Us

The Royal Westminster Regiment
530 Queens Avenue
New Westminster, BC
V3L 1K3
Phone: 604-666-4069 


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This Reserve Force regiment originated in New Westminster, British Columbia on April 1,  1910, when the 104th Regiment was authorized to be formed.  It was redesignated the 104th  Regiment Westminster Fusiliers of Canada on December 15, 1913.  On March 12,  1920, it was amalgamated with the 6th Regiment The Duke of Connaught's Own,  Rifles to form the 1st British Columbia Regiment.  It was redesignated the 1st British Columbia Regiment (Duke of Connaught's Own) on November 1, 1920. On  May 15, 1924, it was reorganized into three separate regiments, designated:  1st British Columbia Regiment (Duke of Connaught's Own) (now the British Columbia Regiment (Duke of Connaught's Own); The Vancouver Regiment (now The British Columbia Regiment (Duke of Connaught's Own); and The Westminster Regiment.  On  December 15,  1936, it was amalgamated with C Company of the 11th Machine Gun Battalion, CMGC and redesignated The Westminster Regiment (Machine Gun).  It was redesignated: The Westminster Regiment (Motor) on April 1, 1941; 2nd (Reserve) Battalion, The Westminster Regiment (Motor) on November 7, 1941;  The Westminster Regiment (Motor) on  January 31,  1946;  The Westminster Regiment on October 6, 1954; and The Royal Westminster Regiment on December 9, 1966.

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