University of Calgary
UofC Navigation


Search archival collections at the University of Calgary

Canadian Airborne Regiment

Identity area

Type of entity

Corporate body

Authorized form of name

Canadian Airborne Regiment

Parallel form(s) of name

Standardized form(s) of name according to other rules

Other form(s) of name

Identifiers for corporate bodies

Description area

Dates of existence



Established 8 April 1968. Preceded by 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion and 1st Special Services Force. Made up of five united and designed as a rapid response strike and defence force. Disbanded 5 March 1995. Assigned to Mobile Command, the Canadian Airborne Regiment was formed on 8 April 1968. The Regiment was tasked as a parachute unit to be held in a high state of alert and operational readiness in order to provide a rapid deployment airborne force capable of supporting several roles, among them, Aid to the Civil Power, defense of Canada, United Nations missions, and limited or general combat operations. The main body of the Regiment was located in Edmonton, however, 1 Airborne Commando less one company was stationed at CFB Valcartier. On 15 July 1977, the Regiment was placed under the command of the Special Service Force and moved to CFB Petawawa. Emphasis remained on maintaining individual parachute and soldiering skills, but after a series of disciplinary scandals arising from the Airborne's 1992-93 peacekeeping mission in Somalia, the unit was disbanded on 5 March 1995. [Description taken from the Canadian Airborne Regiment fonds description held at the National Defence Headquarters Directorate of History and Heritage.]


Legal status

Functions, occupations and activities

Mandates/sources of authority

Internal structures/genealogy

General context

Relationships area

Access points area


Control area

Authority record identifier

Institution identifier

Rules and/or conventions used


Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion




Maintenance notes

Request archival material »

  • Clipboard

  • Export

  • EAC