Volume 3, Part 1: Armour, Artillery and Field Engineer Regiments - Engineer Regiments and Squadrons


Military Engineering Branch Badge

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Within a wreath of maple leaves Or a torteaux charged in the centre with a beaver Or and edged by a riband Azure which is itself edged and inscribed with the words "ENGINEERS . GENIE . CANADA" Or below upon a scroll Azure edged and inscribed with the word "UBIQUE" Or the whole ensigned by the Royal Crown proper.


The beaver has long been used by engineers as it is an animal noted for its skill in building. "ENGINEERS . GENIE . CANADA" is a form of the branch title and "UBIQUE" is the motto of the branch.


UBIQUE (Everywhere)




British Army

Corps of royal Engineers


Honorary Distinction

The motto "UBIQUE" was granted as an honorary distinction to 'take the place of all past and future battle honours and distinctions gained in the field'.1

Home Station

Gagetown, New Brunswick


The Military Engineering Branch originated on 1 July 1903, when the 'Canadian Engineers Corps' of the Permanent Active Militia was authorized to be formed.2 It was redesignated 'The Royal Canadian Engineers' on 1 February 1904.3 Non Permanent Active Militia engineer companies had existed at least as early as 1860,4 and they were collectively referred to as 'Canadian Engineers' from 1 August 1904.5 The Permanent component was redesignated 'The Corps of Royal Canadian Engineers';6 and the Non Permanent component 'The Corps of Canadian Engineers' on 1 March 1932.7 The Non Permanent component was redesignated, and the entire corps designated as 'The Corps of Royal Canadian Engineers' on 29 April 1936.8 It was redesignated 'The Corps of Royal Canadian Engineers' on 29 September 1952.9 The Corps was amalgamated after Unification with Royal Canadian Air Force construction engineer personnel to form the 'Military Engineering Branch' on 27 August 1971.12


Field Engineer Branch

1. NDHQ 1065-1 (DMTH 3), 11 Aug 94 / QGDN (DTPM 3), 11 août 94.

2. Special General Order dated 23 October 1903; GO 158/03; and/et GO 168/03.

3. GO 16/04.

4. Extract from Royal Gazette, Halifax, N.S., Wednesday 2 May 1860, Vol. LIX No.19 from p. 134 of Militia General Orders, N.S. This order details the precedence (seniority) of the Halifax and Dartmouth Volunteer Engineer Companies in relation to the other volunteer companies of the province (respectively 24th and 25th of 30th) / Cet ordre explique la préséance (séniorité) des « Halifax and Dartmouth Volunteer Engineer Companies » en relation aux autres compagnies volontaires de la province (respectivement 24e et 25e de 30e); Vide also Egan, Major T.J., History of the Halifax Volunteer Battalion and Volunteer Companies (1859-1887), pp. 2 to/à 6 - (Halifax: A. and W. MacKinley, 1888).

5. GO 120/04; GO 129/04; and/et Colonel A.J. Kerry and Major W.A. McDill, The History of the Corps Of Royal Canadian Engineers, Volume 1 (1749-1939), p. 47 (Ottawa: The Military Engineers Association of Canada, 1962).

6. GO 25/32.

7. GO 25/32.

8. GO 75/36.

9. CAO 220-3, 29 Sep 52.

10. CAO 220-3, 7 fév 55.

11. CAO 220-3, 18 avril 55.

12. CFAO 2-10, AL 35/71, 27 Aug 71.

13. CFAO 2-10, AL 2/72, 14 Jan 72/ OAFC 2-10, Mod 2/72, 14 jan 72.

14. CFAO 2-10, AL 14/85, 12 Jul 85 / OAFC 2-10, Mod 14/85, 12 jul 85.

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