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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

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  • Columbia Valley Pioneer

    Snowflake festival a winter revelry
    Columbia Valley Pioneer
    There will also be a barbecue concession at the curling rink warmup hut, run by the Invermere Royal Canadian Legion Branch 71. The concession will include hot dogs, hamburgers, bratwurst, chili, chips, hot beverages, and may even include hot cinnamon ...


  • The Coastguard

    Liberals roll out plans to return lifetime pensions for veterans
    The Coastguard
    ... for veterans “most severely disabled with barriers to re-establishment,” plus taxable income replacement for veterans experiencing issues returning to work following military service. Payments will be determined on a case by case basis. The ...

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  • Millstone News

    Annual Scottish Tea, at Legion, January 28
    Millstone News
    Forget the winter chills, warm up with some friends, and celebrate the life of Robbie Burns with fresh scones, tea, coffee, and live music! Musical entertainment will be provided by Grace Armstrong and Helen Turner and a poetry reading will be done by ...


  • Parksville Qualicum Beach News

    Parksville, Qualicum Beach, Bowser legions celebrate Robbie Burns
    Parksville Qualicum Beach News
    Parksville's legion branch will host its Robbie Burns celebration this Saturday, and the Qualicum Beach and Bowser legions will follow with their own Robbie Burns Day events next week. The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 211 Bowser is up first with its ...


  • Legion Branch 24 helps community
    E-Know.ca (press release)
    I want to thank the Legion for the kind and generous support.” The Royal Canadian Legion advocates for the care and benefits for all who served Canada. The Legion has a strong community mandate and donates thousands of dollars each year to various ...


  • Winnipeg Free Press

    Another great veteran's dinner at Legion
    Winnipeg Free Press
    For decades the selfless volunteers and Board at the Royal Canadian Legion, Henderson Branch No. 215, have played an important role in our community. While ensuring those that made the ultimate sacrifice are never forgotten they also provide comfort to ...


  • Cape Breton Post

    Thursday's Cape Breton Community Calendar
    Cape Breton Post
    6:15-9 p.m., Royal Canadian Air Cadets 29 Sydney Kiwanis Squadron will meet at Sydney Academy, use the Townsend Street entrance. 6:45-9 p.m., Second Wind Community Concert Band rehearses at Malcolm Munroe Middle School on Kenwood Drive. For more ...


  • Truro Daily News

    Truro skates to 5-1 record to capture Royal Canadian Legion Challenge Cup
    Truro Daily News
    The Truro Bearcats turned in a solid team effort and came up big at the 24th annual Royal Canadian Legion Challenge Cup bantam AA hockey tournament. The Bearcats claimed gold after 7-4 victory over the Cape Breton County Islanders in the final. Members ...


  • The Royal Canadian Legion responds to new pension for life option for Veterans
    Canada NewsWire (press release)
    OTTAWA, Dec. 21, 2017 /CNW/ - The Royal Canadian Legion is encouraged after reviewing initial details of a new pension for life option for Veterans, released by Veterans Affairs Canada. Read more at: http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/services/pension-for ...


  • The Royal Canadian Legion responds to new pension for life option ...
    Canada NewsWire (press release)
    OTTAWA, Dec. 21, 2017 /CNW/ - The Royal Canadian Legion is encouraged after reviewing initial details of a new pension for life option for Veterans, released by Veterans Affairs Canada. Read more at: http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/services/pension-for ...

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