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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

  • BlackburnNews.com

    Sending Holiday Cheer To Canadian Troops
    Along with Ron Prior of the Royal Canadian Legion, and a couple of local photographers, the family owned printing company has developed 7,000 cards for the 3,600 active members overseas. So far in the campaign's first year, the response has been very ...

  • Canada NewsWire (press release)

    The Royal Canadian Legion and Veterans gear up for Invictus Games
    Canada NewsWire (press release)
    OTTAWA, Sept. 22, 2017 /CNW/ - As the official partner organization representing Veterans at this year's Invictus Games, the Royal Canadian Legion is proud to support all of Canada's Veteran athletes. We are thankful for their service and wish Team ...

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  • Norwich Gazette

    Legion time capsule rediscovered | Norwich Gazette
    Norwich Gazette
    Several badges from the First and Second World Wars were among the contents of a time capsule opened at Royal Canadian Legion Branch 190 in Norwich on ...

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  • Royal Canadian Legions Open Their Doors
    Several branches of the Royal Canadian Legion are using this week to promote their services and create a sense of inclusivity. Gabriele Maynard, membership chair at the Chatham branch, says they're hoping to engage the community and promote the fact ...

  • Yorkton This Week

    Legion monument move approved - Yorkton This Week
    Yorkton This Week
    The City of Yorkton has agreed to the installation of a Royal Canadian Legion monument on city property if the local Legion branch provides the funding.

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  • CTV News

    Yorkton Legion gets approval to move monument
    CTV News
    A time capsule and a monument could soon be sitting on the boulevard of Darlington Street between First and Second Avenue in Yorkton. The Branch 77 Royal Canadian Legion is hoping to move the two items from the previous Legion location to Darlington ...

  • CTV News

    Branch 77 Royal Canadian Legion moving time capsule - CTV Regina
    CTV News
    A time capsule and a monument could soon be sitting on the boulevard of Darlington Street between 1st and 2nd Avenue in Yorkton.
    Legion manager goes part-time | Local News | Innisfail ProvinceInnisfail Province

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  • Canada NewsWire (press release)

    Royal Canadian Legion and Canada Army Run join forces to launch "Remembrance Row" at 2017 event
    Canada NewsWire (press release)
    OTTAWA, Sept. 14, 2017 /CNW/ - A new and special row of 100 Veterans' images will line the route as tens of thousands of participants run, walk or roll in this year's Canada Army Run in Ottawa. "Remembrance Row" is a way to help Canadians honour and ...

  • Royal Canadian Legion
    Macleod Gazette Online
    The Royal Canadian Legion No. 46 and The Ladies Auxiliary were founded to meet the needs of those who served the Armed Forces and their families. The Legion and Ladies Auxiliary continue to meet the variety of today's challenges, without forgetting its ...

  • The Western Star

    Lots of discussion at Royal Canadian Legion 65th Provincial Convention
    The Western Star
    He said there was lots of discussion during the convention on ways and means of trying to attract people to join the legion. With legion sports programs, scholarships programs for the schools and many legion branches sponsoring cadet units, there are ...

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