The West Nova Scotia Regiment

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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: Recruiting office 
Phone: 902-687-7930, Ext. 2121

Or contact

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

When We Train

September through to June on Thursday evenings (7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.) and one weekend per month.

Trades In Our Unit

Equipment

Who We Are

The West Nova Scotia Regiment is a Primary Reserve infantry regiment of the Canadian Forces, twenty fourth in the order of precedence. It has seen active service in both the Great War and World War II. The Regiment recruits volunteers from all over the province of Nova Scotia and its headquarters is located at 5th Canadian Division Training Centre Aldershot, near the community of Aldershot, Nova Scotia.

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.

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Command Team

  • Commanding Officer - Lieutenant-Colonel Todd Harris
  • Sergeant-Major - Chief Warrant Officer Richard Mills

Contact Us

The West Nova Scotia Regiment
Camp Aldershot
Building 209
1400 Lanzy Road
Aldershot, NS
B4N 4H8
Phone: 902-678-7930, Ext. 2109

News

Sergeant Sophia Miller of 25 (Toronto) Field Ambulance leads a medic team

Canadian of British-Jamaican origin becomes first military woman in family

Toronto, Ontario — My name is Sophia Louise Miller; I was born on February 29, 1968 to Sylvia Miller (nee Campbell) and Uton Miller.
February 20, 2018

Corporal (Retired) Marelene Clyke

One of the first Black Canadian women soldiers tells her story

Halifax, Nova Scotia — “You couldn’t get a job in a store or anywhere if you were Black, so we joined the Reserves,” said Corporal (Retired) Marelene Clyke.
February 16, 2018

Gunner Brittany Heatherington is an Ontario reservist

Army Reserve offers new Full-time Summer Employment program

Ottawa, Ontario — The Canadian Army Reserve (ARes) is already well-known for giving youth valuable work experience and steady employment, but is going a step further still.
February 12, 2018

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 Our History

The West Nova Scotia Regiment (West NSR) is one of the oldest regiments on the Canadian Militia List. The Regiment was formed from both the 69th Annapolis Regiment (1717), and the 75th Lunenburg Regiment, (1870) in 1936. Both regiments descended from the 40th Regiment of Foot, the Prince of wales Volunteers, which was raised on the 23rd of August, 1717 at Fort Anne, Annapolis Royal, NS.

When World War II broke out on the 1st day of September 1939, the West NSR was mobilized as an active service force battalion. The active service battalion left Halifax and disembarked at Gourock, Scotland shortly after Christmas in 1939; they immediately entrained for Aldershot, England. On June 15, 1943 the regiment embarked from England, in the first part of "Operation Husky" the invasion of Sicily. The West Nova Scotia Regiment was the first allied unit to land and stay on the continent of Eurcpe for the entire duration of the war.

The Regiment continued to fight in Italy until February 9, 1945, when LCol Hiltz received orders informing him that the ist Canadian Corps would be transferred from Italy to Northwest Europe. The Regiment moved to Marseilles, France, by sea and arrived in Holland until the German surrender on May 5, 1945. During this time the Regiment won twenty six theatre and battle honours, in addition to the Distinguished Service Order, the Military Cross, Distinguished Conduct Medal and many others. From Sicily to Holland there are 352 graves of West Novas who paid the final sacrifice during the war. There were also 1084 wounded and missing.

Since World War II the West Nova Scotia Regiment has been a unit of the Canadian Armed Force - reserves. it has contributed soldiers to UN peace keeping tours in countries such as the former Yugoslavia, Cyprus and the Middle East, and recently it has deployed soldiers to Afghanistan.

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