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Recruiting Information Sessions are held every Tuesday evening at 19h30 at the Home Station

Benefits of Joining the Guards

The Canadian Grenadier Guards (CGG) is a Canadian Army Primary Reserve infantry regiment belonging to the 34 Canadian Brigade Group, within the 2nd Canadian Division. The CGG is based in the Canadian Grenadier Guards’ Armoury, in Montreal. Established in 1859, it is the Canadian Militia’s oldest infantry regiment. It is a Guards Regiment that shares responsibility with the Governor General’s Foot Guards for the Public Duties at Rideau Hall and on Parliament Hill, in Ottawa.

In addition to its ceremonial role, its soldiers train part-time in order to serve in Canadian Armed Forces operations.

The CGG’s mandate is to provide combat-ready infantry deployment troops in accordance with duties assigned by the Department of National Defence. Every summer, the CGG fulfills federal public duties by providing an infantry company to the Public Duties to perform the Changing of the Guard ceremony on Parliament Hill and sentries to the Governor General’s residence, in Ottawa.

Pay and career development

Looking for a part-time job?

Looking for a full time summer employment?

  • Part-time work (Tuesday nights and some weekends)
  • Full time work during the summer months (not mandatory)
  • Pay based on rank and experience
  • Up to 12,000$ gross per summer
  • Multiple benefits
  • Perfect for students




The first stage of training is the Basic Military Qualification course, or Basic Training, held at one of many military locations across Montréal, Quebec or the surrounding area. This training provides the basic core skills and knowledge common to all trades. A goal of this course is to ensure that all recruits maintain the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) physical fitness standard; as a result, the training is physically demanding.

Learn more about Basic Training here.


Infantry Soldiers will attend their trade specific training at 2 Division Training Centre in Valcartier, Quebec. The training takes 6 weeks and includes the following topics:

  • Use and care of personal and section-level weapons, including rifles, machine guns
  • Field-craft, including personal hygiene and meal preparation, camouflage, sentry duties, signalling, selecting firing positions, tactical movements and lines of advance
  • Construction of field defences, such as trenches, roadblocks and marking of minefields
  • Navigation by day and by night
  • Patrolling operations
  • Infantry section and platoon tactics, including offensive, defensive and transitional operations.


Infantry Soldiers may be offered the opportunity to develop specialized skills through formal courses and on-the-job training, including:

  • Cold Weather Operations
  • Machine Gun training
  • Instructional Techniques
  • First Aid Instructor
  • Rappelmaster
  • Unarmed Combat Instructor
  • Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Defence Instructor
  • Urban Operations
  • Information Operations
  • and more


As they progress in their career, Infantry Soldiers who demonstrate the required ability and potential may be offered advanced training. Available courses include:

  • Instructional Techniques
  • Primary Army Leadership
  • Infantry Soldier Section Commander
  • Infantry Soldier Platoon Second-in-Command
  • Infantry Soldier Company Sergeant-Major
  • Communicator
  • Reconnaissance Patrolling
  • Anti-Armour Gunner
  • Sniper
  • Section Commander
  • Machinegunner (Heavy and General Purpose)
  • Small Arms Coach
  • 25mm Gunner and light armoured vehicle Crew Commander
  • Winter (Arctic) and Jungle Operations
  • Patrol Pathfinder
  • Tactical Intelligence Operator

Prerequisites to Join

  • Age. Be at least 18 years old (17 years old with parental consent)
  • Citizenship. Be a Canadian citizen, permanent residents can also apply
  • Education. Have completed at least Grade 10 or Secondary IV in Québec (infantry officer requires a higher level of education)

Selection process

A. Pass the Canadian Armed Forces Aptitude Test (CFAT)

B. Pass the FORCE fitness evaluation

C. Pass a two part medical evaluation:

  • Part 1: A Medical history questionnaire including specific information on your medication. As well as a physical exam to measure height, weight, evaluate your vision, colour perception and hearing.
  • Part 2: A medical file review to determine any limitations that will affect your training and career.

D. Pass the interview

  • You will be asked questions about your work history, knowledge of the Canadian Forces, and understanding of the job you selected.

Getting Here

Recruiting Information Sessions are held every Tuesday evening at 19h30 at the Home Station

Have any questions?