Our mission is to serve Veterans, which includes serving military and RCMP members and their families; to promote Remembrance; and to serve our communities and our country.
The Legion is a registered not for profit organization funded solely by membership dues. It is not a government agency. The Legion as a service organization does contract services to the government such as the provision of wreaths to Members of Parliament and the Veterans’ outreach and visitation program which ensures all Veterans receive the care and benefits they deserve. In contracting these services the Legion is filling a gap the government is not able to deliver on for Canada’s Veterans. Thanks to its more than 300,000 members and its footprint of 1441 branches across Canada, the Legion is able to step up and ensure Veterans and their families receive the highest quality of service and care from the government throughout their lives. There is no profit derived from these contacted services to the Legion. They are solely provided on a cost recovery basis.
There is strength and power in numbers
With 1441 branches, the Legion has a national reach across this vast country and with branches in the United States, Europe and Mexico. With more than 300,000 members, the Legion has an established and identifiable membership who shapes our policies and direction in a democratic manner. Legion membership is open to all Canadians. At the end of 2012, almost 30% of our members are persons who have served. All other members are either the family of those who have served or are persons who support the Canadian Forces, RCMP and traditions of Remembrance. All Legion members recognize and uphold the value of service to country. Legion volunteers whether they have served or not raise funds and assist Veterans and their families. Without Legion volunteers the tremendous programs and services provided to our Veterans and their families in communities across this country would disappear. If there was no Legion in Canada, countless cities, towns and villages would lose the most iconic cornerstone of their community; a place where people come to support their community, support their families, and support the military – that place is a Legion branch.