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The Royal Canadian Legion is well known as Canada's foremost veterans' support association. That it is also one of the country's largest community service organizations with programs touching the lives of hundreds of thousands of ordinary citizens every year, is known to far fewer Canadians. Because of its grass roots origins, the Legion has always responded to the needs of communities. Since 1926, members have been quietly working to improve the quality of life for all Canadians, particularly veterans, seniors and youth. Here are some of the programs:

Veterans' and Seniors' Services

Support to veterans, ex service members and their families, health care, housing, social activities, medical support, information;

Youth Activities

Support to cadet corps, Scouts Canada, sports organizations, and financial assistance in the form of scholarships and bursaries;

Remembrance

Maintaining the tradition of "remembrance" through the annual Remembrance - Poppy campaign, conducting the "Two Minute Wave of Silence", the establishment of "The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier", organizing and conducting national, regional and local Remembrance Day ceremonies, youth poster and essay contests, school programs, and pilgrimages to historic war time locations;

Community service

Financial and volunteer assistance to a wide range of charities.

  • The Legion pays $6.8 million in property taxes annually.

  • Employs 2,150 full time and 3,400 part time employees.

  • Annually spends $2 million on direct support to needy veterans and contributes 852,000 hours of volunteer time assisting veterans, ex service members and their families.

  • Commits $150,000 to veterans and seniors housing projects annually.Spends $2 million on direct support to seniors and contributes over 447,000 hours of volunteer time assisting senior citizens on an annual basis.

  • Spends $5.1 million a year on direct support to youth activities and contributes 440,000 hours in volunteer time with young Canadians.

  • Donates more than $11.1 million to local charities and 808,000 hours annually to charitable agencies.

It is estimated that the Legion's annual economic impact on communities exceeds $348 million.

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