This training centre, now closed, was located by the present Ottawa RCMP stables, where the horses of the RCMP Musical Ride are kept off-season.
The buildings of the former Ottawa training centre have become the Canadian Police College, a Canadian government institution which offers continuing-education courses for currently employed police officers.
As of June 16, 2008, cadets at the RCMP Academy receive a weekly allowance of 0 to a maximum of ,000 for the entire 26-week Cadet Training Program.
After the recruitment process, successful candidates are scheduled to attend the Academy and begin the Cadet Training Program.
The RCMP Academy has altered its curriculum due to the social and economic changes of Canadian society; the school now focuses more on knowledge relating to the multiple facets of law enforcement than on military discipline.
In the early 1990s, the six-month thorough military-style RCMP training was slightly modified to face the new make-up of trainees.
No one can join the RCMP as a regular member without completing the RCMP Academy's 26-week Cadet Training Program.
The museum was officially opened on its present site in 1973 by Her Majesty Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada, in honour of the RCMP's centennial.
Cadets are grouped together in what the force calls "troops".
A troop consists of a maximum of 32 men and women who follow their entire 26-week training together.
Therefore, the RCMP established the additional and temporary training facility in CFB Penhold, near Red Deer, AB.
In addition to training new RCMP regular members, Depot has also been a major continuing-education centre for police in Canada, but is currently tasked primarily with the training of new members and other training is conducted elsewhere.