32 Canadian Brigade Group
|32 Canadian Brigade Group|
32 Canadian Brigade Group – the Army Reserve in Toronto and Central Ontario
|Active||1 April 1997 – present|
|Part of||4th Canadian Division|
32 Canadian Brigade Group (32CBG) is part of 4th Canadian Division, under the Canadian Army. It is centred on the Greater Toronto Area, as well as Grey and Simcoe Counties. It is headquartered at LCol George Taylor Denison III Armoury in Toronto, Ontario.
Colonel Dwayne Hobbs, CD, is the Commander of 32 CBG whilst Chief Warrant Officer Mike Lacroix, CD, is the Brigade Sergeant-Major. Brigade Headquarters has a staff of approximately 40 full-time and 20 part-time members, both military (Regular and Reserve) and civilian.
Second World War
32nd (Reserve) Brigade Group was created, within 2 Militia District, on 1 April 1942 when the reserve force in Canada was reorganized for the war. Like today, the formation consisted of part-time soldiers who paraded and trained on evenings and weekends. The brigade group was closed down on 30 January 1946 and the headquarters itself closed on 2 April 1946. During its existence, the brigade group was headquartered in Toronto and it held the following organization:
- Canadian Infantry Corps
- Canadian Armoured Corps
- Royal Canadian Artillery
- 32nd (Reserve) Field Regiment, RCA
- Royal Canadian Engineers
- Royal Canadian Army Service Corps
- Brigade Group Company, 2nd (Reserve) Divisional, RCASC
- Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps
- No.2 (Reserve) Field Ambulance, RCAMC
- Royal Canadian Corps of Signals
- E Section, A (Reserve) Corps Signals, RCCS
- J Section, 2nd (Reserve) Divisional Signals, RCCS
- Royal Canadian Ordnance Corps / Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
- No.2 Group, No.1 (Reserve) Divisional Workshop, (RCOC) RCEME
- No.5 (Reserve) Light Aid Detachment, (RCOC) RCEME
- No.6 (Reserve) Light Aid Detachment, (RCOC) RCEME
- No.7 (Reserve) Light Aid Detachment, (RCOC) RCEME
- No.8 (Reserve) Light Aid Detachment, (RCOC) RCEME
1997 to Present
32 Canadian Brigade Group (CBG) was recreated on 1 April 1997, with its headquarters located in Toronto, replacing the Toronto District Headquarters. Resulting from a major restructuring of the army, it was established as one of ten reserve brigade groups organized across Canada.
Although 32 CBG has a short history, this cannot be said of its units. Regiments like The Governor General's Horse Guards, The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada, The Queen's York Rangers, The Royal Regiment of Canada and The Lorne Scots were all founded before Confederation. Most units have served in almost all of the military campaigns involving Canadians: Fenian raids, Red River Expedition, North-West Rebellion, South African War, both World Wars and the Korean War. Since the 1980s, they have been contributing to UN and NATO missions around the world.
Many soldiers of 32 Canadian Brigade Group have served on operations around the world. Nearly 70 members of the brigade deployed to Afghanistan in August 2006 and more than 120 others have recently returned from service in Kandahar during the winter of 2008-2009. The brigade has also played a big role in disaster relief at home, helping Canadians during the Manitoba floods and the January 1998 ice storm. It remains prepared to back up the emergency services of the Greater Toronto Area and Central Ontario whenever needed.
The role of 32 CBG is to produce well-trained Reserve soldiers to enhance Canada’s combat capability. Like all Reserve brigades and units, it trains part-time soldiers to serve as the basis of national mobilization, to respond to emergencies in Canada and to augment the Regular Force overseas, and to be the army’s link to the community.
32 CBG comprises part-time soldiers plus a small cadre from the Regular Force who help plan and execute the training. Soldiers of the Army Reserve ― traditionally, the Militia ― train an average of one night a week and one weekend a month. Many Reservists train full-time during the summer, because many of the younger soldiers are students.
32 CBG is an infantry-heavy brigade with 2100 soldiers in 10 units based in Toronto, Aurora, Brantford, Scarborough, St. Catharines, Welland, Brampton, Oakville, Georgetown and Mississauga. It has two reconnaissance regiments, two field artillery regiments, a field engineer regiment and six infantry battalions. The brigade recently[when?] added two new, temporary armouries. The Queen’s Own Rifles now have an infantry company in Scarborough, while the Toronto Scottish have established a company in Mississauga.
|32 Canadian Brigade Group||Branch||Location|
|32 Canadian Brigade Group Headquarters||Toronto|
|The Governor General's Horse Guards||Reconnaissance||Toronto|
|The Queen's York Rangers (1st American Regiment) (RCAC)||Reconnaissance||Toronto and Aurora, Ontario|
|7th Toronto Regiment, RCA||Artillery||Toronto|
|56th Field Artillery Regiment, RCA||Artillery||Brantford, Ontario|
|32 Combat Engineer Regiment||Engineer||Toronto|
|32 Signal Regiment||Communications||Toronto and Borden, Ontario|
|The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada||Light infantry||Toronto (Downtown & Scarborough)|
|The Royal Regiment of Canada||Light infantry||Toronto|
|The Lincoln and Welland Regiment||Light infantry||St. Catharines and Welland, Ontario|
|The Lorne Scots (Peel, Dufferin and Halton Regiment)||Light infantry||Brampton, Oakville and Georgetown|
|48th Highlanders of Canada||Light infantry||Toronto|
|The Toronto Scottish Regiment (Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother's Own)||Light infantry||Toronto and Mississauga|
|32 Service Battalion||Toronto|
In the Canadian Forces, an armoury is a place where a reserve unit trains, meets, and parades.
2 and 12 Chapel Street
|1914–15||1991 Recognized – Register of the Government of Canada Heritage Buildings||Brampton, Ontario||
Housing B Company, The Lorne Scots, this centrally located, mid-size, rectangular building has a low-pitched gable roof.
1 Yukon Lane
|Canada's Register of Historic Places||Toronto, Ontario||
Large centrally located building with a low-pitched gable roof houses 32 Canadian Brigade Group Headquarters; The Governor General's Horse Guards; 2 Intelligence Company; 32 Combat Engineer Regiment; 32 Service Battalion; 32 Military Police Platoon; 2 Area Support Group Signal Squadron C Troop; ASU Toronto
|Fort York Armoury
660-700 Fleet Street
|1933–35||1991 Federal Heritage building; on the Register of the Government of Canada Heritage Buildings||Toronto, Ontario||
Designed by architects Marani, Lawson and Morris in an industrial area of Toronto; this large, two-storey, drill hall with a concrete, vaulted roof is home to The Royal Regiment of Canada, Queen's York Rangers (1st American Regiment), 32 Signal Regiment and 32 Canadian Brigade Group Battle School
|Captain Bellenden Seymour Hutcheson VC Armoury
70 Birmingham Street
The Captain Bellenden Seymour Hutcheson VC Armoury is a shared facility with the Toronto Police Service. The Armoury is considered a "Green Building" in accordance with the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEEDS) Green Building Rating System. This armoury is home to The Toronto Scottish Regiment (Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother's Own).
|Lieutenant-Colonel Samuel Beckett Armoury
7535 - 9th Line
|May 12, 2012||Mississauga, Ontario||
The Lieutenant-Colonel Samuel Beckett Armoury is a shared facility with the Mississauga Fire Department (Garry W. Morden Centre), Peel Regional Police Services and the Department of National Defence. The armoury is considered a "Green Building" in accordance with the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEEDS) Green Building Rating System. This armoury is home to The Toronto Scottish Regiment (Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother's Own) 75th Mississauga Company.
|Moss Park Armoury
130 Queen Street East
|Canada's Register of Historic Places||Toronto, Ontario|
|Oakville Armoury||Canada's Register of Historic Places||Oakville, Ontario||
A centrally located building with a low-pitched gable roof; home of A company, The Lorne Scots (Peel, Dufferin and Halton Regiment).
|Col J.R. Barber Armoury
91 Todd Road
|Canada's Register of Historic Places||Georgetown, Ontario||
Centrally located structure with a low-pitched gable roof houses C Company, The Lorne Scots.
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- "Reserve Brigades - Second World War". Canadian Soldiers.com. 24 February 2013.