probably know The Royal Canadian Legion as an
organization that supports Canada’s Veterans and
honours their sacrifice. You may have seen us
hosting your hometown’s Remembrance Day ceremony or
distributing Poppies during our annual Poppy
Campaign. Perhaps you heard or read stories about
the Legion supporting local Veterans and their
WE NEED YOU!
branch needs volunteers to assist
on various committees.
Please contact our office if you are a member
standing who can help.
What you might
not realize is that we do so much more, and once you
learn more about us, you may find you have a much
stronger connection to the Legion than you might
Yes, a key focus of the work we do is to honour and
support our Veterans, but we also are a grassroots
organization with volunteer community-based
activities that help build a stronger Canada from
coast to coast to coast.
While many Legionnaires are Veterans, our members
also include families of Veterans and members of the
public with no military connections. Their common
goal: to support Veterans and help their community.
In fact, with over 1,400 Branches and more than
275,000 members across Canada, the Legion provides
one of the largest volunteer bases in the country.
Legionnaires contribute millions of volunteer hours
each year. They are probably best known for
distributing Poppies during the Remembrance period,
helping raise money for Veterans and their families
and ensuring Canadians ‘never forget’. Yet behind
the scenes, Legionnaires also volunteer in their
Branches, providing essential programs and services
for Veterans, seniors and families in need,
supporting youth education and leadership programs,
hosting Branch activities and fundraisers, and more.
are the cornerstones of many Canadian towns and
communities, providing central places for people to
gather and feel connected to their neighbours. In
many places, they serve as the primary community
centre, hosting weddings, town meetings, community
BBQs, memorial services, and other important events
and activities. And in times of local or regional
crisis, Legionnaires are there to support those who
have been adversely affected by an emergency.
Branches are almost entirely run by volunteers, and
Legionnaires are the lifeblood of the organization.
From service to the country to service to the
community, Legion members impact the lives of their
fellow citizens, in particular Veterans, seniors and
Chances are, you or someone you know has volunteered
with or has been involved in programs and activities
offered through your local Legion branch. All this
good work we do would not be possible without the
support of our hardworking and dedicated volunteers.