Canadian Army Reserve


 The Army Reserve is a part-time, fully integrated component of the Canadian Army.

The primary role of the Reserve Force is to augment, sustain, and support the Regular Force. In recent years, Reservists have made substantial contributions to Canada's expeditionary (international) and/or domestic operations.

Many Reservists serve full-time within the Canadian Armed Forces on employment contracts. Since the year 2000, more than 4000 Primary Reservists have been deployed in Canadian Armed Forces international expeditionary operations in:

  • South-West Asia;
  • Africa;
  • Middle East;
  • the Caribbean; and
  • a number of other areas.

Among the many ways that Reservists have participated in domestic operations, they have:

  • assisted with flood relief efforts in Quebec and Manitoba;
  • fought forest fires in Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia;
  • assisted with hurricane relief efforts in Newfoundland and Labrador;
  • participated in recovery efforts following ice storms in eastern Canada; and
  • supported the Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

In addition, Reservists often help at or participate in cultural events, parades, festivals and other public events in their own and neighbouring communities across Canada.

Many Reservists have full-time careers outside the Canadian Armed Forces in a wide range of civilian occupations. Others are full-time students.

Find a Unit Near You

Reserve units are located in more than 100 communities across the country.

To join the Reserve, start by dropping by the local armoury in your community or region. If you are looking for a particular trade, you must join a unit that offers that type of work.

Browse the list below for units near you.

British Columbia
Newfoundland and Labrador
Northwest Territories
Nova Scotia
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