Ontario Honouring the Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa

Ontario Honouring the Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa

New plaza to recognize the regiment’s service throughout Canada’s history

November 10, 2021

Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries

OTTAWA — The Ontario government is committing more than $100,000 in capital funding to the Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa (Duke of Edinburgh’s Own) to support the construction of a new commemorative plaza honouring the service of the regiment throughout Canada’s history.

The announcement was made in Ottawa today by Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, where she was joined by Lieutenant-Colonel Gord Scharf, Commanding Officer of the Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa (Duke of Edinburgh’s Own); Barbara Farber, the Regiment’s Honourary Lieutenant-Colonel; and Jim Sourges, Chair of the Bells Corners Business Improvement Area.

“Throughout our proud history, Canadians have shown exceptional bravery, resourcefulness, and dedication in defence of our country, and the Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa (Duke of Edinburgh’s Own) have answered the call since the very beginning,” said Minister MacLeod. “That is why we are proud to support the development of a Cameron Highlanders commemorative plaza. Since the birth of our country, this regiment has bravely served through numerous times of war and conflict. With the creation of this memorial plaza, we are ensuring that the courage and valour of these great Canadians – especially those who made the ultimate sacrifice – will never be forgotten.”

The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa (Duke of Edinburgh’s Own) is a reserve infantry unit within the Canadian Armed Forces, located within the 4th Canadian Division. As part of 33 Canadian Brigade Group, the regiment trains soldiers in the light infantry role for augmentation to the regular force and for use in emergencies at home. The regiment also provides Ceremonial Guards of Honour for visiting dignitaries and for national ceremonies and events. Another very active part of the regimental family is the Cameron Highlanders Pipe and Drums, who are regularly tasked in national ceremonial roles, competitions and events in the Ottawa Valley. The Cameron Highlanders commemorative plaza will be located at the corner of Robertson Road and Northside Road in Nepean.

“The regiment has a long and distinguished association with Ottawa and surrounding communities that has provided its citizen soldiers to serve in both peace and war. It can trace its roots to Bells Corners with the raising of the Bells Corners Infantry Company in December 1862,” said Lieutenant-Colonel Scharf. “Thousands of Ottawans have passed through its ranks during its history, participating in all major conflicts including the South African War, the First World War, the Second World War, Korea, various UN and NATO missions throughout the world, and Afghanistan. The regiment has been called upon to provide soldiers to assist the community in times of need, including the ice storm of 1998 and more recently the Ottawa floods of 2017 and 2019 as well as those who volunteered to help deal with the desperate situation in long-term care homes during the COVID-19 pandemic. The generous support provided to establish this plaza is greatly appreciated as it will be a fitting monument to all who have served.”

Throughout Remembrance Week, Ontario honours the courage, valour and sacrifice of the heroes who have served and continue to serve Canada during times of war and conflict. Find your moment – honour those who have served and show thanks for their sacrifice. Please visit Ontario.ca/RemembranceDay to learn more, and virtually join the Queen’s Park Remembrance Day ceremony on November 11 at 10:45 a.m.

Quick Facts

  • Headquartered in Cartier Square Drill Hall since 1879, the Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa (Duke of Edinburgh’s Own) proudly serve as the City of Ottawa’s official regiment.
  • Building on the success of the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto, in 2020, the Ontario government committed $3 million to support the Valour Games, a new, national multi-sport competition for wounded, ill and injured military personnel and veterans.
  • On October 28, 2021, the Ontario government introduced legislative amendments that will, if passed, give Ontario workers the right to wear a poppy in the workplace during Remembrance Week, recognizing the extraordinary courage and profound sacrifice made by the people who gave their lives in military service for Canada.
  • On November 9, 2021, the Ontario government announced an investment of more than $529,000 through the True Patriot Love Foundation to expand access to specialized mental health services and support for Ontario’s veterans returning to civilian life.
  • In 2020, the Ontario government introduced legislation to modernize the Soldiers’ Aid Commission so veterans of all ages – not just those who served in the Second World War and the Korean War – will be eligible to apply for financial assistance.


“In this week of remembrance, how very fitting that this tangible investment is being given in honour of our regiment, the Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa, who has served and continues to serve their fellow Canadians for more than 150 years. The plaza will allow so many to enjoy themselves in a beautiful outdoor area. And isn’t this a wonderful symbol of what is important to Canadians, and what we have always fought for – the right to live our lives in freedom and happiness!”

– Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel Barbara Farber
Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa (Duke of Edinburgh’s Own)

“I would like to thank Minister MacLeod for the province’s leadership in pushing forward with Cameron Highlander’s Park here in Bells Corners, the birthplace and home of the Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa (Duke of Edinburgh’s Own). We are proud of the Cameron Highlander’s sacrifices in peace and in war and look forward to recognizing their history in this new park with our community partners the Cameron Highlanders, the Regimental Association, Cameron Foundation, the City of Ottawa and the Province of Ontario.”

– Jim Sourges
Chair, Bells Corners Business Improvement Area

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