The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada (QOR) is a Primary Army Reserve infantry regiment based in Toronto. Founded on April 26th, 1860, it is the oldest continuously serving infantry regiment in Canada.
On the battlefield, Rifles are known for their ability to move quickly on foot and unburdened by heavy equipment. Members of “Rifles” regiments are light infantry and are known as Riflemen. They are characterized by their ability to apply "Rifleman’s initiative", expert marksmanship, and small unit tactics.
The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada has taken part in every Canadian military campaign and served with great distinction in World War I and World War II in which 7 Riflemen were awarded the Victoria Cross. Over the past 30 years, The QOR of C has provided personnel to support disaster relief in Ontario, Quebec, and Manitoba. Riflemen have also served on Expeditionary Operations in Afghanistan, Bosnia Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, Iraq, Namibia, Somalia, and Sudan.
The QOR of C is the Primary Reserve unit in Canada that is assigned the task of maintaining a Parachute Company. To become a member of the Company, Riflemen must attend specialized parachute training and maintain a high fitness standard. The Parachute Company specializes in conducting Airborne operations in which Riflemen conduct static-line parachuting from an airplane or helicopter with all the equipment required to fight on the battlefield. This is practiced during weekend training exercises. The unit also supports the Royal Canadian Air Force in Trenton when it trains C-130J Hercules Air Crews in parachute operations and the Canadian Army Advanced Warfare Centre (CAAWC) by providing Parachute Packers or Instructors.