The Royal Canadian Regiment (The RCR) is Canada’s senior Regular Force Infantry Regiment. Formed in 1883, it has garrisoned communities from Halifax to Victoria and has served in virtually every military campaign undertaken by the country. The active or serving component of the Regiment consists of:
- Regimental Headquarters and The Regimental Warehouse co-located at Victoria Barracks in Petawawa, Ontario;
- The 1st Battalion at Victoria Barracks and the 3rd Battalion at Foulkes Barracks, both in Petawawa, Ontario;
- The 2nd Battalion at Gregg Barracks in Gagetown, New Brunswick;
- The 4th Battalion at Wolseley Barracks in London, Ontario;
- The Regimental Association, which includes retired or former serving members as well as serving soldiers, Non-Commissioned Officers and officers of the Regiment, is represented by established branches across Canada. Its National Headquarters is co-located with Regimental Headquarters.
The Royal Canadian Regiment is not a unit or entity in the order of battle of the Canadian Forces. It is not in the chain of command, it has no single commander and it has no operational tasks as such assigned to it. Rather, the Regiment is a grouping of formed units of both the Regular and Primary Reserve Forces, together with serving members who are assigned duties as extra-regimentally employed (ERE).
By tradition, the Royal Canadian Regiment also includes all retired members, members of The RCR Association, as well as serving or retired members of other Regiments, Corps or Branches who have served with The RCR, members of our affiliated Regiments and the families of Regimental members.
In some important respects, the Regiment is a family whose membership embraces all those who cherish the Regiment. United by a pride in past accomplishments and the dedication to serve their country, all members of the Regiment are committed to maintaining the high standards set by those who have gone before, and to meeting the challenges of the future.
The website is intended to serve all members of our Regimental family, as well as to offer a view of the Regiment for all Canadians.