The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada

Unit Identification

The Queen's Own Rifles crest

IN PACE PARATUS

“Prepared in Peace”

Location

Moss Park Armoury
130 Queen Street East
Toronto, ON  M5A 1R9

Army Reserve

Graphic: Joanna Gajdicar

Join Our Team

Looking for full-time or part-time work? We are hiring and provide excellent career opportunities. Please do not hesitate to call or email our recruiter who will be pleased to answer any questions you may have and provide direction on how to apply to our Regiment.

Our Team Recruiter

Name: Sgt Mena Ghattas
Phone: 416-635-2761
Email: qor.recruiting@forces.gc.ca

or

Phone: 416-200-ARMY (2769)
Email: 32CBGrecruiting@forces.gc.ca

Or contact

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

When We Train

September to June:

  • Wednesday evenings
  • 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
  • one weekend per month.

Full-time summer employment is available from May to August.

Trades In Our Unit

Equipment

Weapons:

See a list of Canadian Army Weapons and Vehicles.

Who We Are

The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada (QOR of C) is a Primary Army Reserve infantry regiment based in Toronto. Founded on April 26 1860, it is the oldest continuously serving infantry regiment in Canada.

On the battlefield, “Rifles” are known for their ability to move quickly on foot and unburdened by heavy equipment.  Members of “Rifles” regiments are light infantry and are known as “Riflemen”. They are characterized by their ability to apply “Rifleman’s” initiative, expert marksmanship and small unit tactics.

The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada has taken part in every Canadian military campaign, and served with great distinction in World War I and World War II in which 7 Riflemen were awarded the Victoria Cross.  Over the past 30 years The QOR of C has provided personnel to support disaster relief in Ontario, Quebec and Manitoba.  Riflemen have also served on Expeditionary Operations in Afghanistan, Bosnia Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, Iraq, Namibia, Somalia and Sudan. 

 The QOR of C is the Primary Reserve unit in Canada that is assigned the task of maintaining a Parachute Company. To become a member of the Company, Riflemen must attend specialized parachute training and maintain a high fitness standard. The Parachute Company specializes in conducting Airborne operations in which Riflemen conduct static-line parachuting from an airplane or helicopter with all the equipment required to fight of the battlefield. This is practiced during weekend training exercises. The unit also supports the Royal Canadian Air Force in Trenton when it trains C-130J Hercules Air Crews in parachute operations and the Canadian Army Advanced Warfare Centre (CAAWC) by providing Parachute Packers or Instructors.

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 Frank Lamie, CD
  • Sergeant Major: Chief Warrant Officer Donovan O'Halloran, CD

Contact Us

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

Phone: 416-635-2761

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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 Captain 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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