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Royal Military College of Canada (RMC), Kingston, ON

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Program Overview

The Indigenous Leadership Opportunity Year (ILOY) gives you a highly positive and productive academic year of educational and leadership experience at the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) in Kingston, Ontario.

RMC is situated on Point Frederick just east of downtown Kingston, Ontario. It is a beautiful location, overlooking the city, the entrance to the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario.

What You Will Learn

As part of the program, you will be enrolled at the RMC for one academic year as an Officer Cadet in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF). During this time you will be paid at your rank level and receive free tuition and books. You may request to leave the program at any time.

The ILOY program includes:

  • Sports
  • Field trips
  • Leadership development
  • Military training
  • Cultural support activities

Individual Learning Plans: Through these learning plans, you will take part in individual and small group tutorials for pre-university (non-credit) and first-year university courses.

Upon Completion

At the end of the academic year, provided you meet the academic requirements, you will be given the opportunity to apply to continue at RMC in a degree program as a member of the CAF, under the Regular Officer Training Plan (ROTP) or you can apply to become a Non-Commissioned member (NCM) of the CAF.

How to Apply

Applicants must meet the following:

  • Be an Indigenous person (First Nation {Status or Non-Status}, Métis or Inuit);
  • Be a Canadian citizen;
  • Be at least 16 years of age;
  • All applicants under the age of 18 must obtain consent from a parent or legal guardian to participate in this exciting opportunity.
  • Have completed Grade 12, Secondary V, or the GED in the current academic year.

Applications are accepted starting in November of each year. For best success, submit your application early (preferably before the end of February) to ensure that all the arrangements can be made for the beginning of the school year. In addition to filling out the online application, you must also submit the ILOY enrolment form (PDF, 283 KB).

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