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Who We Are
32 Canadian Brigade Group (32 CBG) is an Army Reserve Formation of the 4th Canadian Division and is headquartered in Toronto, Ontario.
Mission and Roles
The basic mission of 32 CBG is to generate well trained Reserve soldiers to enhance Canada’s combat capability. Like all Reserve brigades and units, it recruits and trains part-time soldiers to provide the basis of national mobilization, to augment the Regular Force in deployments overseas and throughout Canada, and to act as the military’s link to the community. Apart from sending a steady stream of soldiers to missions overseas, the Brigade's main operational role is to be prepared to lead the military response to any natural disaster occurring in the GTA. For this role, the Brigade deploys an organization called 32 Territorial Battalion Group. For its training in war-fighting, whether in the field or in computer-assisted exercises, the brigade is configured as 32 Battle Group.
32 CBG is an infantry-heavy brigade with more than 2400 soldiers in 12 units based in Toronto, Aurora, Barrie, Brampton, Georgetown, Oakville, Mississauga, Owen Sound, Brantford, Simcoe, St Catharines and CFB Borden. It has two reconnaissance regiments, two field artillery regiments, a field engineer regiment, six infantry battalions and a communication (signals) unit.
32 CBG is made up of part-time soldiers plus a small cadre of soldiers from the Regular Force who help plan and execute the training. On average, the part-time soldiers train one night a week and one weekend a month. Many Reservists train full-time in the summer, because many of the soldiers are students.
Many soldiers of 32 Canadian Brigade Group have served on operations around the world. Since the late 1980s, nearly 1,000 individuals from the Brigade have deployed with NATO, the United Nations and various coalitions to operations ranging from Cyprus, Cambodia, the Sudan and Sierra Leone to the peace-support and combat operations of the Balkans and Afghanistan. More than 100 soldiers of the Brigade's units returned from Kandahar just before Christmas of 2010.
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. Several hundred soldiers of the Brigade were involved with the G8/G20 Summits and, in August of 2010, provided the land component of the national sovereignty operation on the Northwest Passage called Operation NANOOK.
•The Governor General's Horse Guards
•The Queen's York Rangers (1st American Regiment)
•7th Toronto Regiment RCA
•32 Combat Engineer Regiment
•The Queen's Own Rifles
•The Royal Regiment of Canada
•56th Field Artillery Regiment, RCA
•The Lorne Scots (Peel, Dufferin and Halton Regiment)
•48th Highlanders of Canada
•The Toronto Scottish Regiment (Queen Mother's Own)
•32 Signal Regiment
•The Lincoln and Welland Regiment
•32 Service Battalion
Although 32 CBG has a short history, the same cannot be said of its units. Regiments like The Governor General’s Horse Guards, The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada and The Lorne Scots trace their roots back to Confederation or earlier. Our units were, in those days, the Militia battalions of each county. Since then, most units have served in almost all of the military campaigns involving Canadians: Fenian Raids, Red River Expedition, Northwest Rebellion, South African War, both world wars and the Korean War.
The Fenian Raids from the United States, which were mounted sporadically between 1866 and 1871, were repelled by the Confederation-era battalions of volunteers. Several Militia battalions of the Toronto area were quickly mobilized for the Northwest campaign and sent west in 1885. When the South African War began in 1899, specially formed units of volunteers (mostly from Militia units) were dispatched from Canada.
By the time of the First World War, the Canadian army — still mostly Militia, with a small permanent force to train them — included all of the logistical and other support units it needed to become an independent field force. The Militia was given the task in 1914 of raising the hundreds of thousands of men who would fill the new numbered battalions of the Canadian Expeditionary Force. When these battalions were disbanded at the end of the war, the units that had provided the soldiers inherited Battle Honours that included such resounding victories as Vimy and Amiens. For the Second World War, existing regiments were mobilized and grouped into divisions for service overseas. The 48th Highlanders of Canada fought through Sicily and Italy before joining the push into Holland and Germany; the Royal Regiment of Canada was nearly destroyed at Dieppe before returning to France in 1944; the Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada landed in Normandy on D-Day and fought all the way to the Rhine. In one theatre or another, every unit of this Brigade was involved in the war.