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Legion_Logo_AboutThe Royal Canadian Legion - Canada's Largest Veterans Organization

There are many veterans' organizations in Canada but the largest by far is The Royal Canadian Legion with more than over 400,000 members and affiliates. They are contained within the following membership categories:

Ordinary (serving and retired military, RCMP personnel, provincial and municipal police);
Associate (direct relative of an ordinary member); and
Affiliates (voting and non-voting friends of the Legion).

In addition, there are approximately 58,000 registered members of the Ladies Auxiliary who provide invaluable support to the Branches of the Legion and their fundraising activities. Serving members of the Canadian Forces may join under the Military Member-At-Large program and may not need to join a specific branch.

The Legion is a non-profit, dues-supported, fraternal organization with more than 1,600 branches in Canada, 21 in the United States and 4 in Germany. The Legion receives no financial assistance from any outside agency and membership is open to all Canadian veterans as well as serving and former members of the Canadian Forces, RCMP, The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary, other police forces and their dependants, and Canadians who subscribe to the purposes and objects of the organization.

From the time of its formation in 1925-1926, the Legion has focussed its efforts on the fight to secure adequate pensions and other well-earned benefits for veterans and their dependants. Acting as an advocacy agency on pensioners' behalf, the Legion deals directly with the Federal Government to ensure ex-military personnel and their dependants are treated fairly.

The Royal Canadian Legion has assumed a major responsibility for perpetuating the tradition of Remembrance in Canada. Each year the Legion organizes and runs the National Poppy-Remembrance Campaign to remind Canadians of the tremendous debt we owe to the more than 117,000 men and women who gave their lives in the defence of Canada during two world wars the Korean War and other missions around the world. Contributions made during the campaign are used to assist needy veterans, ex-service members and their families.

The Legion also supports programs for seniors, particularly through direct community-level activities, and housing projects. The Legion's Youth program provides scholarships and bursaries, sports programs and support to activities such as cadets, scouts and guides.

 

Royal Canadian Legion Canada Wide News


  • Canadian Dunkirk Veteran Draws Crowd And Appreciation At Film Premier
    The Daily Caller
    Thousands of private boats along with Royal Navy ships were tasked with evacuating over 300,000 Allied soldiers over a nine-day operation. Sturdy entered the theatre wearing his Royal Canadian Legion jacket, covered with the battle and service medals ...

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  • Owen Sound Sun Times

    Owen Sound Legion marks 90 years
    Owen Sound Sun Times
    Owen Sound Legion branch 6 president Patty Sargent-Gibson and 90th anniversary committee chair Colin Hodson with the commemorative book that was printed for the event. A dinner and dance is being held at the legion on Saturday. (Rob Gowan The Sun ...


  • Calgary Herald

    John Gilchrist: Kensington Legion gets new digs with 1918 Tap and Table
    Calgary Herald
    1918 is a significant number for the Royal Canadian Legion. It signifies the end of the First World War and the beginnings of the Legion. Following the end of the war, numerous groups sprang up to support veterans. Efforts were fragmented so a few ...


  • CBC.ca

    Arkansas group in Regina helps with Indigenous- and military-inspired mural
    CBC.ca
    The mural, which was designed by artist David Pradzynski, features a number of images that resonate with the ideals of the legion, as well as reflect the Indigenous diversity of the neighbourhood. Pradzynski said a member of the legion "wanted ...

    and more »

  • Windsor Star

    Area athletes win four gold medals at Royal Canadian Legion Provincial Track and Field Championships
    Windsor Star
    Area athletes picked up 11 medals, including four gold medals, while competing for District A at the 40th Royal Canadian Legion Provincial Track and Field Championships. The two-day meet, for athletes age 15 and under and 17 and under, wrapped up on ...


  • Stettler Independent

    Royal Canadian Legion Branch 59 hosts ceremony to recognize award recipients
    Stettler Independent
    On Thursday, June 22, Stettler's Royal Legion Branch 59 hosted an award ceremony for all the winners in the poster and poetry competition. According to Comrade Rosalind LaRose, District 4 Commander, AB-NWT Command of The Royal Canadian Legion, ...


  • Canora Courier

    Canora Royal Canadian Legion hands out awards
    Canora Courier
    Gina Rakochy, 2017 president, Canora branch, presented the past year's Legion awards. With Rakochy, from left, are: Carol Sleeva, secretary award; Lorie Negraeff, membership chair award; Padre Wilfred Michaels, chaplin pin award; and Pat Thompson, ...


  • The Western Star

    Massey Drive's Gina Spencer recently named the winner of Royal Canadian Legion's national poetry competition
    The Western Star
    Gina Spencer of Massey Drive, this year's national winner of the Royal Canadian Legion's poetry competition in the intermediate school division, recently accepted her award from Albert O'Connell, first vice-president of Royal Canadian Legion Branch 13 ...


  • Calgary Herald

    Sled Island: Mike Watt + The Missingmen, Bash & Pop at the Royal Canadian Legion #1
    Calgary Herald
    Call it a blur of nostalgia, even if it was more a fiery storm than peaceful vibe. Saturday night at the Royal Canadian Legion #1 ended Sled Island festivities with a stagger down memory lane of sorts Saturday night, at least for those of a certain ...


  • Calgary Herald

    Sled Island: Shonen Knife, Meatbodies, Tyvek at Royal Canadian Legion #1
    Calgary Herald
    “We need your co-operation please with this song,” said a forever cheerful and polite Naoko Yamano to the soon-to-be bouncing hordes at The Royal Canadian Legion #1 Friday night, before breaking into an impossibly catchy song about the wonders of ...

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