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Land Force Central Area
Country Canada
Branch Canadian Army
Service history
Active 1991 to present
Role responsible for Canadian Army operations in the Canadian province of Ontario.
Size 10,000 soldiers: 5,000 in regular force; 5,500 reserves and 1,200 civilian employees
Commanders
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Insignia

The 4th Canadian Division, formerly Land Force Central Area (LFCA), is responsible for Canadian Army operations in the Canadian province of Ontario.[1] The 4th Canadian Division is headquartered at Denison Armoury. The command was formed in 1991 and renamed in 2013.[2]

HistoryEdit

LFCA was created on 1 September 1991, taking command of what was previously Central Militia Area and the Regular Force Army units and formations in Ontario from the northern Lakehead region to the border with Quebec. At that point in time, the six subordinate Militia Districts were reorganized into four: Northern Ontario District, London District, Toronto District, and Ottawa District.[3] Later that decade, in 1997, the four reserve force districts were again reorganized into three brigade groups.

At the time of its creation in the early-1990s, it was housed on the grounds of the former base and subsequently moved ca 1993 to the Place Nouveau office tower at Yonge Street north of Finch Avenue; this was controversial as the offices of the Area Commander, Major-General Brian Vernon, were lavishly renovated, attracting political criticism and attention from the Auditor General of Canada.

In 2013, it LFCA was renamed 4th Canadian Division. With this change of name, the formation was also granted the identifying patch and historical lineage of the division that fought in the two world wars.

CommandersEdit

  • Brigadier-General Omer Lavoie – 2012–present
  • Brigadier-General Lewis, MSM, CD – 2010–2012
  • Brigadier-General Collin, OMM, CD – 2008–2010
  • Brigadier-General Howard, MSM, CD – 2007–2008
  • Brigadier-General Thibault, CD – 2005–2007
  • Brigadier-General Lessard, CD – 2003–2005
  • Brigadier-General Leslie, OMM, MSM, CD – 2002–2003

Regular ForceEdit

4th Canadian Division Structure

Structure of the 4th Canadian Division

  • Land Force Central Area Training Centre – Meaford
  • 2 Area Construction Troop, 4 Engineer Support Regiment – Petawawa
  • 21 Electronic Warfare Regiment – Kingston – On April 17, 2010, the regular force 2 Electronic Warfare Squadron and reserve force 772 Electronic Warfare Squadron combined to form the new 21 Electronic Warfare Regiment under LFCA.[4][5]

2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade GroupEdit

2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group CFB Petawawa
2 CMBG Headquarters & Signal Squadron Communications CFB Petawawa
2nd Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery CFB Petawawa
The Royal Canadian Dragoons Armoured CFB Petawawa
2 Combat Engineer Regiment CFB Petawawa
1st Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment Mechanized infantry CFB Petawawa
2nd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment* Mechanized infantry CFB Gagetown
3rd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment Light infantry CFB Petawawa
2 Service Battalion Combat Support CFB Petawawa

*2nd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment is stationed at Gagetown, which falls under the administration of Land Force Atlantic Area

2 Area Support GroupEdit

UnitsEdit

  • Personnel Services
  • Operations Services
  • Technical Services
  • Engineers Services Squadron
  • Signals Services Squadron

Branches

  • Safety Services
  • Environmental Services
  • Corporate Services

Reserve ForceEdit

31 Canadian Brigade GroupEdit

31 Canadian Brigade Group London
31 Canadian Brigade Group Headquarters London, Ontario
1st Hussars Armoured reconnaissance London, Ontario
The Windsor Regiment (RCAC) Reconnaissance Windsor, Ontario
11th Field Artillery Regiment, RCA Artillery Guelph and Hamilton, Ontario
49th Field Artillery Regiment, RCA Artillery Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
31 Combat Engineer Regiment (The Elgins) Engineer St. Thomas and Waterloo, Ontario
31 Signal Regiment Communications Hamilton, Ontario
The Royal Hamilton Light Infantry (Wentworth Regiment) Light infantry Hamilton, Ontario
4th Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment Light infantry London and Stratford, Ontario
The Royal Highland Fusiliers of Canada Light infantry Cambridge and Kitchener, Ontario
The Grey and Simcoe Foresters Light infantry Owen Sound and Barrie
The Essex and Kent Scottish Light infantry Windsor and Chatham, Ontario
The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada (Princess Louise's) Light infantry Hamilton, Ontario
31 Service Battalion   London, Hamilton, Windsor, Sault Ste. Marie

32 Canadian Brigade GroupEdit

32 Canadian Brigade Group Toronto
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, Ontario
The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada Light infantry Toronto (downtown and 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

33 Canadian Brigade GroupEdit

33 Canadian Brigade Group Ottawa
33 Canadian Brigade Group Headquarters Ottawa, Ontario
The Ontario Regiment (RCAC) Reconnaissance Oshawa, Ontario
30th Field Artillery Regiment, RCA Artillery Ottawa, Ontario
42nd Field Artillery Regiment (Lanark and Renfrew Scottish), RCA Artillery Pembroke, Ontario
33 Combat Engineer Regiment Engineer Ottawa, Ontario
33 Signal Regiment Communications Ottawa, Ontario
Governor General's Foot Guards Light infantry Ottawa, Ontario
The Princess of Wales' Own Regiment Light infantry Kingston, Ontario
The Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment Light infantry Belleville, Peterborough and Cobourg, Ontario
The Brockville Rifles Light infantry Brockville, Ontario
Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Highlanders Light infantry Cornwall, Ontario
The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa (Duke of Edinburgh's Own) Light infantry Ottawa, Ontario
The Algonquin Regiment Light infantry North Bay and Timmins, Ontario
2nd Battalion, Irish Regiment of Canada Light infantry Sudbury, Ontario
33 Service Battalion   Ottawa, North Bay

Other Reserve UnitsEdit

  • 3 Canadian Ranger Patrol Group – Borden
  • 2 Intelligence Company – Toronto
  • 2 Intelligence Platoon – Ottawa

AbbreviationsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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