Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School
The Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School (CFLRS) conducts basic training for officers and non-commissioned members joining the Regular Force component of the Canadian Armed Forces. CFLRS is also responsible of professional development programmes for officers and non-commissioned members.
The School’s activities take place at the Saint-Jean Garrison located in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec. Every year, more than 4000 people start their military career at CFLRS, while 5000 military members train via Distance Learning. CFLRS employs more than 600 military and civilian employees.
Information for the visitors
When can I visit a recruit or an officer-cadet in training?
Visits are not authorized during the indoctrination period (first five weeks of the course) or when the platoon is given supplementary training on weekends. Once the indoctrination period is over, candidates may welcome guests on Saturday (from 1 pm to 10 pm), on Sunday (from 8:30 am to 7 pm) and on statutory holidays (from 1 pm to 10 pm). Guests must be welcomed at the Rotunda and may go to the Subway, the Canex, the O'Mega Mess, the cafeteria or the orange corridor. All other areas are explicitly out of bounds to any guests.
Accommodations in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu
Accommodations at the Saint-Jean Garrison (for military members only)
Please contact the Exacta Centre:450-358-7099, extension 6110
How to get to the Saint-Jean Garrison
- Cross the Champlain Bridge
- Take Highway 10 East
- Exit #22, Highway 35 South
- Exit #45, Rue Pierre-Caisse
- At the lights, turn left
- Keep your right and at the lights, turn right on Rue Pierre-Caisse
- At the lights, turn left on Rue Grand-Bernier
- Drive for approximately 3 Km. The Saint-Jean Garrison will be located on your left after Des Carrières Street
From Québec City:
- Take Highway 20 West
- Exit #98 West, Highway 30 West
- Exit #67, Highway 10 East
- Go to step 3 of previous menu
From Montreal-Trudeau International Airport:
- When you leave the airport, follow the indications for Highway 20 East
- On Highway 20 East, follow the indications for Champlain Bridge
- Go to step 1 of first menu
From Hull / Ottawa:
- Highway 417 East becomes Highway 40 East in Quebec
- Exit #32, Highway 540/ Highway 20/ON-401/Salaberry de Valleyfield/Toronto
- Continue on Highway 30 East (toll road)
- Exit #67, Highway 10 East
- Go to step 3 of first menu
- Highway 401 East becomes Highway 20 East in Quebec
- Exit Highway 30 East (toll road)
- Exit #67, Highway 10 East
- Go to step 3 of first menu
Public Transportation from Montreal:
- At Terminus AMT Centre-ville, take Bus 96 to Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu (French only).
- Once at the Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu Station, you can either take a taxi (approximately 10 minutes away from the Garrison) or Bus 31 (French only).
- If you are arriving at the Montreal-Trudeau Airport, take the 747 P-E-Trudeau/Downtown Bus to the Terminus AMT Centre-ville (French only).
- The Train Station (Gare Centrale) is of walking distance to the Terminus AMT Centre-ville.
Family members and friends of the graduates are invited to the Graduation Ceremonies. The ceremonies take place on Thursdays at 2 pm in the HD-4 Building located at the Saint-Jean Garrison. Doors open at 12:30 pm, and guests must be seated no later than 1:45 pm on a first-come, first-serve basis. Parking spots are also available for the guests.
The ceremony is approximately an hour long and is followed by a reception for the graduates, their families and their instructors. After the reception, with their instructors' approval, graduates can go out for the evening with their families, but will have to return to the School no later than 10:00 pm.
The evening prior to the Graduation Ceremony, from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm, with their instructors’ approval, graduates can welcome guests at the main building entrance and shall proceed to the O'Mega Mess or the cafeteria. Graduates may be granted permission to have supper in town.
A few weeks before the Graduation Ceremony, candidates will be informed of the procedure to gain permission to meet their respective families and friends for the evenings before and after the Graduation Ceremony.
What happens after the course?
A few weeks prior to the Graduation Ceremony, candidates will find out when and where they will have to report to their next training establishment. In most cases, graduates leave the day following the ceremony. In some exceptional cases and if the conditions allow it, graduates may leave with their families after the ceremony if they have received permission from their instructors.
The ceremonies take place at 2 pm in the HD-4 Building located at the Saint-Jean Garrison. Guests must be seated no later than 1:45 pm on a first-come, first-serve basis.
|Platoon Number||Start Date||Ceremony Date|
|L0072E||October 24, 2016||February 23, 2016|
|L0073 & L0074F||January 16, 2017||April 20, 2017|
|L0075E||February 20, 2017||May 25, 2017|
|L0076E||March 13, 2017||June 15, 2017|
For civilians: business attire
For military members: 1A with medals
|Official pictures||Official video|
Mr. Christian Jacques
Mr. Jean Bédard
Lieutenant-Colonel R.G. Bédard, CD
Commandant - Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School
Lieutenant-Colonel Gaétan Bédard was born in Sherbrooke and joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1994. After a first year at the Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean, he completed his studies in 1999 at the Royal Military College of Canada (RMCC) in Kingston.
His regimental assignments began in 1999 with the 2nd Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment as an infantry Platoon Commander and then as Assistant Adjutant, where he participated in Operation PALLADIUM in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2002. He was also assigned to the 3rd Battalion where he served as an infantry Company Commander, and then as Administration Company Commander. During this period he participated in Operation HESTIA in Haiti as a Liaison Officer, as well as in Operation ATHENA in Afghanistan as a mentor of an Afghan battalion.
Lieutenant-Colonel Bédard has held various staff and instructor positions at the Infantry School, Director General Military Careers, and Canadian Joint Operations Command.
Lieutenant-Colonel Bédard was promoted to his current rank in 2015. He holds a BA in Military Studies from RMCC and a Masters of Defence Studies from the Canadian Forces College.
Lieutenant-Colonel Bédard took command of the Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School on 15 July 2016.
Chief Petty Officer 1st Class S.J. Bolduc, MMM, CD
School Chief Warrant Officer - Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School
Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Bolduc was born and raised in Lévis, Quebec and enrolled in the Canadian Forces in April 1986 as a Naval Electronic Sensor Operator. Upon completion of Basic Training at Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, he was posted to CFB Esquimalt, where he completed his Naval Electronic Sensor Operator Course. Upon graduating, he was posted to Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) SAGUENAY.
In 1989, Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Bolduc component transferred to the Military Police Branch. In 1990, Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Bolduc was posted to 4 Wing Security and Military Police Section Cold Lake, Alberta. In 1991, he was promoted to the rank of Leading Seaman.
In 1997, Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Bolduc was posted to the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service Support Detachment (CFNIS SD) as a member of the Surveillance Team and as a Technical Installer. Gaining great proficiency as a surveillance operator, he was called upon to instruct several civilian police agencies. In 1998, he was promoted to the rank of Master Seaman and in 2001 he was promoted to the rank of Petty Officer 2nd Class.
In January 2004, he deployed in support of Operation ATHENA, as the CFNIS Detachment Commander at Camp Mirage. Promoted to the rank of Petty Officer 1st Class in July 2004, Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Bolduc returned to his Navy roots and was posted to the Formation Military Police Section Halifax, where he occupied several positions.
He was promoted to the rank of Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class in 2008 and was posted to the Canadian Forces Air Marshal Detail in Ottawa as the Detail Chief Petty Officer and Travel Officer. In 2009, he again deployed in support of Operation ATHENA, this time to Afghanistan as the International Military Police Sergeant-Major. During his tour, he received the Medal of the Minister of Defence of the Republic of Bulgaria, "For his cooperation and contribution to keep and sustain freedom in the world in conjunction with the International Security Assistance Force operations in Afghanistan".
In 2011, he was posted to the Naval Military Police Group Headquarters as the Police Operations Chief Petty Officer. In January 2012, he assumed the role of the Acting Naval Military Police Group Chief Petty Officer. In August 2012, he was posted to the CFNIS HQ as the Quality Assurances Coordinator. In November 2012, he assumed the role of the Acting Chief Warrant Officer for the CFNIS.
In June 2013, he was promoted to the rank of Chief Petty Officer 1st Class and appointed as the CFNIS Unit Chief Warrant Officer and jointly in June 2014, Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Bolduc was appointed as the Canadian Forces Military Police Branch Chief Warrant Officer.
In March 2016, Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Bolduc was awarded the Order of the Marechaussee in Bronze for his extensive work in establishing a formal partnership with the United States Army Criminal Investigation Department.
In July 2016, Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Bolduc was appointed School Chief Warrant Officer of the Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School.
Honorary Colonel Pierre-Paul Pharand, CD
Honorary Colonel - Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School
On 21 June 2016, Mr. Pierre-Paul Pharand was appointed as the first Honorary Colonel of the Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School (CFLRS).
Mr. Pierre-Paul Pharand is Vice-President, Airport Operations, Infrastructure and Air Services Development, at Aéroports de Montréal (ADM). As such, he is responsible for overseeing the efficient and effective operation of all airport services, as well as the design, construction and maintenance of airport infrastructures and the development of new air routes from Montreal.
Mr. Pharand joined the ADM team in 1995 as Director, Airport Protection, and was appointed Director, Operations, in 2001. During these years, he led many major operations in which security, safety and customer service were predominant factors. The business processes that he introduced to deal with these matters are recognized today as best practices in the Canadian airport industry. He also created a training program completed by more than 75% of ADM managers which aims at improving skills in problem-solving and practical leadership.
Prior to specializing in the management of airport operations, Mr. Pharand served as an officer of the Royal Canadian Armoured Corps (12e Régiment blindé du Canada and The Royal Canadian Dragoons) and the Canadian Forces Military Police from 1975 to 1992. He is a graduate of the Royal Military College of Canada, of the ICRSM/HEC Montréal’s Executive Development Program (International Centre for Research and Studies in Management), as well as of the ATDI strategic airport management program (Aviation Training and Development Institute).
Aside from part-time teaching and contributing to professional associations, Mr. Pharand has also been actively involved in community services, particularly with foundations supporting military members and veterans, persons with special needs and amateur sport. Amongst other initiatives, he founded the Défi 767 (YUL) in support of the Quebec Special Olympics and the Emergency Transport Unit 508 in support of the Canadian Organ Donors Association. He organized the logistics behind Operation HUSKY 2013, which was a series of commemorative events in Italy marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Sicily. He is currently President of the Board of Directors of the CFLRS Association, President of the Board of Directors of the Ste. Anne’s Hospital Foundation, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Fort Saint-Jean Museum.
Rank, name and initials
P.O. Box 100, Station Bureau-Chef
A12 345 678
Private Simpson, J.P.
P.O. Box 100, Station Bureau-Chef
Please ensure that the following information is included on the cover page:
- Candidate's service number
- Rank, name and initials
- Course title, course and platoon numbers
Phone number (for emergencies only)
450-358-7099, extension 7229
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