RCMI UPDATE - October 19, 2020

The RCMI is open. Please continue to check the website for updates.  

On October 9, the Ontario Government announced new public health restrictions for the City of Toronto. Effective Saturday, October 10, the Fitness Centre and indoor dining in the Long and Short Bars are closed until further notice. We will continue to provide updates on our website and through the President's weekly messages and Dispatches. 

The RCMI is committed to taking all possible measures to ensure the health and safety of our Members, Guests and Staff, and has developed the following guidelines in accordance with Provincial and Municipal recommendations to help reduce the spread of Covid-19:

Mask Policy

  • Face masks which covers the nose, mouth and chin must be worn at all times throughout the Institute including at events as required under City of Toronto by-law 541-2020, with the exception of:
    • The event host or speaker when addressing the event while staying stationary and physically distanced from attendees;
    • Eating and drinking while seated at a table (please refrain from leaving masks on eating surfaces); and
    • Engaging in physical activity in the Fitness Centre.

General Information
  • Institute services are available to members and their guests from within Ontario until further notice. Members and/or their guests who have travelled outside of Ontario, we ask that you delay from using the Institute for 14 days. We will continue to offer virtual events and communications to our Members living outside of Ontario and look forward to welcoming you back soon.
  • We are currently accepting reciprocal club usage from within Ontario.
  • We require Members to enter and exit the facility from the main University Street entrance and check-in with the Front Desk upon arrival. The Simcoe Street exit may be used only in the case of an emergency.   
  • Masks are required for all Members and their guests upon entry into the Institute. Masks can be removed in the bedrooms and while eating or drinking at a dining table.
  • When arriving at the Front Desk, Members and guests are requested to maintain physical distancing from the desk when interacting with Front Desk staff.  
  • Front Desk staff will screen all Members, guests, and employees daily before granting access into the Institute.  If someone refuses to answer the screening questionnaire, they will not be permitted to enter the Institute. All Members, guests and employee names will be added to the daily log for contact tracing purposes.
  • Upon entry into the building, Members and guests will be provided access to hand sanitizer at the Front Desk; hand sanitizer stations will be available on all open floors (lobby, 2, 3, 5 and 6).
  • Members and guests are encouraged to use the stairs, but a maximum of 2 individuals in the elevator is permitted at one time, if not from the same social circle. 
  • Cash will not be accepted throughout the Institute.  Members will provide their member number to service staff but will not be required to sign their chit (honour system), guests will be asked to pay with credit card or debit. 
  • Members will not be permitted to leave belongings behind the Front Desk.
  • If a Member needs to speak with one of the members of the management team in person, they are requested to make an appointment in advance and will have a meeting scheduled in the Medals Room.
  • Please refrain from entering the Administration Office on floor 2.  If you do not have an appointment, please knock, and wait for assistance. 
  • Only two people will be permitted in bathrooms at one time. 
Food & Beverage Member Services
  • Closed until further notice.
  • Take-out services available. For more information, please click here

Institute & Social Events
  • Events will be available virtually until November 6. 
  • Upcoming events will be updated on the website calendar. 
Private Member Events
  • Suspended temporarily; details to be determined. 
  • Our Bedroom Housekeeping Staff will follow a prudent Cleaning/Disinfecting Checklist to ensure that our rooms are disinfected after each stay.
  • Items including , irons, ironing boards, mugs and glasses, information pamphlets and booklets, extra linens and pillows,  and bathroom amenities will be removed from all rooms. Only a bar of soap and shampoo will be provided in bedrooms. If guests require an amenity during their stay, they can contact the Front Desk.
  • Housekeeping refresh service will not be provided. Members may request a kettle, fresh linens, toiletries, and cleaning supplies by contacting the Front Desk. Upon delivery, items will be left outside of the door after knocking.       
  • There will be no breakfast service until further notice.  Please click here for information on our take-out services.   
  • Upon booking, Members will be required to provide the name of the guest(s) that will be staying with them in their room during their stay. Only the registered Member and guest(s) will be permitted access to the 6th floor for the duration of their stay. 

Fitness Centre    
  • Closed temporarily.

  • Open Wednesdays to Fridays from 11:00am – 3:00pm, when Librarian is scheduled.  Closed on Mondays, Tuesdays, and weekends. 
  • Maximum 6 people allowed in the Library at once. Masks must be worn and physical distancing guidelines of 2 meters followed. 
  • Members are permitted to handle the books onsite only and encouraged to find books on their own, however Librarian is available to assist. 
  • COVID-19 virus can survive on paper-based products for as long as 24 hours.  Books and archival material cannot be disinfected, they must be quarantined for minimum 72 hours. 
  • Books that are handled are left on the tables after use. 
  • Due to the health and safety concerns, we will not be accepting donations of used books until further notice.  We will resume when conditions make it safe to do so.  As donations are not accepted, all book sales are suspended. 
  • Access to the Library computer will be temporally suspended.  Librarian will be onsite to personally assist members finding a book in our catalogue.

  • Museum tours can be arranged in advance through the Curator and Museum Committee Chair. All tour guides and participants are required to wear a mask and maintain physical distancing.
  • Museum tours will be conducted on a pre-arranged and guided basis only, with a maximum of 5 people per tour.
  • Tour groups larger than 5 people will be divided into groups with separate tour guides, each group not exceeding 5 people.
  • Monetary donations are welcome, however, due to the health and safety concerns, we will not be accepting in-kind donations until further notice.  We will resume when conditions make it safe to do so. 

Our Mission 

The Institute is an independent member-supported organization which, promotes the study and discussion of military history, defence, security and international affairs, along with the operation of its museum, library and archives, for the benefit of its members and the interested public, through the provision of exceptional services within a unique collegial environment.

Front facade of the Royal Canadian Military Institute on a sunny summer day in 2015.A photo of 4 smiling people in the Long Bar at the Royal Canadian Military Institute.A photo of the Royal Canadian Military Institute library, with a fireplace and 4 comfortable chairs.  

 St. Patrick Station is located 43 meters North of The Royal Canadian Military Institute and is approximately a 1 minute walk.