36 Canadian Brigade Group

Unit Identification

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 “Atlantic strength” 


36 Canadian Brigade Group (36 CBG) Headquarters is located in Halifax, Nova Scotia and is a Primary Reserve Force (Army) land reserve component with approximately 1600 personnel. 36 CBG is comprised of mostly part-time reservists. Our mission remains  “to provide combat capable forces to execute assigned tasks.” 

The Headquarters supports ten units in the Province of Nova Scotia and one unit in Prince Edward Island. 36 Canadian Brigade Group, along with 37 Canadian Brigade Group in New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador, makes up part of the 5th Canadian Division (5 Cdn Div).


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Command Team

Commander - Colonel J.W. MacDonald
Sergeant-Major - Chief Warrant Officer B.W. Gittens

Our History

36 Canadian Brigade Group (36 CBG) is a relatively new formation having been stood up on 10 October 1997. The Brigade perpetuates Nova Scotia District, which officially stood up in September 1992, which in itself was formed through the amalgamation of Nova Scotia Militia District and Cape Breton Militia District.

The Brigade revives a name that played an important role in the Second World War. 36 (Reserve) Brigade Group existed from 1942-46 to oversee recruiting, training and mobilization for some twenty reconnaissance, artillery, signals, infantry, field ambulance, ordnance and army service units. Several of these units still exist and now form part of 36 CBG, namely the West Nova Scotia Regiment, the Nova Scotia Highlanders and the Princess Louise Fusiliers.

With approximately 1600 part-time and 85 full-time personnel, 36 CBG is a Primary Reserve Force (Army) formation, where military service is largely a part-time activity. The Brigade mission is to, “Force generate soldiers with a high level of core soldier skills with a view to them deploying on operations, both domestic and expeditionary.”

The Brigade is currently comprised of two armoured reconnaissance regiments, an artillery regiment, a combat engineer regiment, a signals regiment, four Infantry battalions and a service battalion. Together, these units force generate soldiers and equipment for the Territorial Battalion Group, a composite unit that trains for domestic operations.

Soldiers from 36 CBG have participated in missions all over the world. Since it’s standup, the Brigade has deployed soldiers supporting missions in the former Yugoslavia, the Golan Heights, Sierra Leone, Haiti, Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan, South Sudan, Libya, Lebanon, Afghanistan and Iraq.

At home, soldiers from 36 CBG have supported domestic operations such as the G8 Summit, the Ice Storm in Ontario and Quebec, the Swissair Disaster, the Manitoba Floods, forest fires in British Columbia and the clean-up that followed Hurricane Juan. Six soldiers from 36 CBG have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving their country at home or abroad. The Brigade is headquartered in historic Royal Artillery Park in Halifax, Nova Scotia.


For more information about the vehicles and weapons used by the Canadian Army, visit our Equipment page.

Contact Us

36 Canadian Brigade Group
1575 Queen Street
PO Box 99000 Stn Forces
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3K 5X5
Phone: 902-427-6156 (Recruiting)
Phone: 902-427-4400 (Administration)

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