Canadian Forces Base Borden


About the base

Canadian Forces Base Borden (CFB Borden) is located approximately 100 kilometers north of Toronto, in the heart of Simcoe County, one of the major tourist areas in Ontario. The base is the largest training establishment in the CAF and is home to a variety of other military and Defence Team organizations. On average, CFB Borden trains 20,000 military personnel annually. It also employs approximately 3,250 military members and 1,500 civilians. The base is comprised of 21,000 acres of land, including a 6,000 acre training area. The Commander of CFB Borden is also Commander of the Military Personnel Generation Training Group (MPGTG), the headquarters of which are also located at CFB Borden.


CFB Borden was created to train more troops for Canada’s contribution to the First World War. Known at the time as “Sandy Plains”, the ground was designated as a new training grounds for Canadian Expeditionary Force battalions destined for over-seas duty. The Grey and Simcoe Foresters cleared the land, and in the summer of 1916 Camp Borden was officially opened by Sir Sam Hughes, the Minister of Militia and Defense. Thousands of soldiers trained in Borden, and development continued, including 18 km of trenches built to simulate the trench warfare of WWI. CFB Borden celebrated its centennial year in 2016 and is proud to continue our mission of training for a second century.



  • CFB Borden / Military Personnel Generation Training Group (MPGTG) HQ
  • CFB Borden Technical Services
  • CFB Borden Administration Services

Military Personnel Generation Training Group

  • Canadian Forces Chaplain School and Centre (CFChSC)
  • Canadian Forces Fire and CBRN Academy (CFFCA)
  • Canadian Forces Logistics Training Centre (CFLTC)
  • Canadian Forces Training Development Centre (CFTDC)
  • Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School (CFLRS) (St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC)     
  • Canadian Forces Language School (CFLS) (Gatineau, QC)
  • Canadian Forces Conduct After Capture Training Centre (Kingston, ON)
  • Canadian Forces Military Law Centre (CFMLC) (Kingston, ON)



Borden facilities and services available to Non-Defence agencies

Other Federal Government Departments, Foreign Military Forces, Provincial, Regional and Municipal governments as well as the public may be provided access to certain training programs and some physical assets held at CFB Borden.

Under-utilized property, infrastructure or capability may occasionally be available due to cyclical workloads. Where a request does not conflict with military operations or place the Department of National Defence in unfair competition with private industry, arrangements may be made to access Base Borden facilities and services. Please contact Base Operations Business Development Office for further inquiries.

Business Development Office
CFB Borden
PO Box 1000 Stn Main
Borden ON  L0M 1C0
Telephone: 705-424-1200 ext. 5355
Fax: 705-423-1212

Command Team

Commander Canadian Forces Base Borden and Military Personnel Generation Training Group

Colonel J.M.Y.D. Rivière, CD

Canadian Forces Base Borden and Military Personnel Generation Training Group Chief Petty Officer

Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Dan E. Campbell, MMM, CD

News and events

The Borden Citizen

Contact information

CFB Borden
PO Box 1000 Stn Main
Borden ON L0M 1C0
Telephone: 705-424-1200

CFB Borden – Base Information Line
Telephone: 705-424-1200 ext. 4636

CFB Borden - Base Operations
Telephone: 705-424-1200 ext. 2445

CFB Borden – Public Affairs Office
Telephone: 705-424-1200 ext. 3162

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