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MEMBERSHIP

The Royal Canadian Legion was formed in 1926 with a membership of 50,000. The Legion's commitment to the Remembrance of those who gave their lives for peace and freedom, is as valid today as it was then. Today the Legion is one of the largest community service organizations in Canada with more than 400,000 members and approximately 1,600 branches in Canada, the USA and Europe.

As well as service to veterans and the community, the Legion has a strong and continuing commitment in promoting Canada's contribution to world peace, the protection of Canadian sovereignty and the preservation of national unity.

As the years take their toll on Canada's veteran population, the Legion needs the infusion of new blood in order to maintain the many services provided by The Royal Canadian Legion to communities across Canada.

Membership was originally restricted to those who had served in Canada's Armed Forces and Merchant Navy. The Royal Canadian Legion is proud of its military heritage and still maintains close ties with the Armed Forces today; however, over the years, categories of membership have evolved to include other members of the community. Find out how you can join!

Who can join?

Anyone.  That's right... anyone can join. There are different types of membership, based on your military affiliation and citizenship, and all members are entitled to vote. If you are interested in joining, please contact the branch.

Why should I join?

By joining The Royal Canadian Legion you will have the opportunity to make new friends, become involved with your community and to develop and share your leadership skills. You will help to perpetuate the Remembrance of those who gave so much for the freedom and prosperity we enjoy today and the proud heritage of this great Canadian organization will be enriched by the enthusiasm, energy and new ideas that you bring to it.

There is strength in numbers!

Your membership supports the many services and programs the Royal Canadian Legion offers at the local, Provincial and National levels. As you know, these services are invaluable to those who have served this country, and it takes a lot of hard work by a lot of good people to make it all happen.

You also probably now that you don't have to be a Veteran to become a member. Anyone is welcome, so please encourage your family and friends to join the Legion as well. Every member makes a different in the lives of Veterans and their families in your community - and across the nation.

The legion is taking another stop forward, in developing a secure online membership system that will allow you to login and access your membership profile, pay for and renew your membership, update your personal information, access an event calendar and latest Legion updates.  We will post the link to the login page here when it becomes available.

How much is it?

Ordinary, Associate & Affiliate Members - $60.00 /yr.

Veterans over 65 - $50 /yr.

Early Birds - Pay your dues by the end of November, and three lucky members will win a refund of their 2017 membership fees.  The draw will be made at the December General Meeting.


ORDINARY MEMBERSHIP

You may be eligible for Ordinary membership if you have served or are serving in:

  • The Canadian Forces or Her Majesty's Forces (including regular force or reserve force under class "C" service); or
  • The Forces or underground forces of any of Her Majesty's allies in any war, conflict or police action in which Canada was involved; orthe Merchant Navy or non-military services in an actual theatre of war in which Canada was involved; or
  • Her Majesty's reserve forces including Cadet Instructors on the Cadet Cadre for not less than one year; or
  • The Royal Canadian Mounted Police or The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary for not less than one year; or
  • The Forces of a country while that country was a member of NATO or NORAD in alliance with Canada; or
  • The Forces of the United States; or the Vietnam War with the Armed Forces of the United States, Australia, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea or South Vietnam, and were a Canadian citizen or Commonwealth subject at the time of service; or the Canadian Coast Guard as an officer or crew member who has two or more years active service on the high seas or inland waterways; or
  • A city, municipal or provincial police force as a police officer for not less than one year.

ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP

If you do not qualify for Ordinary membership you may be eligible for Associate membership if you:

  • Are the child, stepchild, adopted child, grandchild, sibling, niece/nephew, widow/er, parent or spouse of someone who is or was eligible for Ordinary membership; or
  • Are the child of an Associate member; or
    Have served in The Royal Canadian Sea, Army or Air Cadets for not less than 3 years; or
  • Have served as a cadet civilian instructor for not less than 3 years; or
    Have served as an officer in the Navy League of Canada for not less than 2 years; or
  • Have served in the Polish Armed Forces after WW II below the rank of officer; or
  • Have served in a City, Municipal, Volunteer, Un-organized Territories or Federal Fire Service for not less than one year
  • Are the spouse, parent or sibling of an associate member who qualified subject to the above criteria.

AFFILIATE VOTING MEMBERSHIP

If you do not qualify for Ordinary or Associate membership but support the aims and objects of The Royal Canadian Legion you may apply for Affiliate Voting membership.


AFFILIATE NON-VOTING MEMBERSHIP

If you are a non-Canadian citizen or a non-Commonwealth subject from an Allied nation and support the aims and objects of The Royal Canadian Legion, you may apply for Affiliate Non-Voting membership. These members shall have the same rights as all other members except the rights to vote and hold office. A member admitted under this Section is not permitted to apply for voting status unless otherwise qualified.


APPLICATIONS


Any member of the public may become a Legion member