Organization and structure
For The Royal Canadian Legion, every member counts. We offer opportunities for all members to help shape the direction of the organization. Our policies and positions are determined through a member-driven resolution process that invites all members to bring forward issues, opportunities and solutions to their Branch. Resolutions may then be brought forward for provincial or national consideration by the membership.
The leadership of the Legion is elected by the membership through Branch, Provincial and Dominion elections. Legion Branches are autonomous and independently operated. Their policies and activities are defined by their membership in accordance with Legion by-laws, allowing them to meet the needs of local Veterans and support their community. Branches have volunteer Service Officers who can assist Veterans or refer them to Provincial Command for specialized help.
Provincial Command Officers are elected by members within the Command. Their role is to provide direction and support to their branches and ensure they abide by Legion by-laws. Each Command has trained Command Service Officers that assist Veterans with benefit applications and support. Provincial Commands also develop provincial programs and initiatives to meet Veteran needs. Provincial Commands hold Provincial Conventions every two years to determine provincial policies and direction for the Command.
Dominion Command is the national headquarters and is chiefly responsible for all national advocacy, Veteran representation and assistance, national program development and administrative oversight of the organization. On a national level, the Dominion President and the Senior Elected Officers, who are elected by the membership at Dominion Conventions, discuss issues and determine national positions. The Dominion Executive Council made up of elected Senior Elected Officers and Provincial Presidents from each of the Provincial Commands, also provides direction on the Legion’s Dominion committees and activities.
We encourage all members of the Legion to participate in developing the direction of the Legion by getting involved at the Branch level, voting in Branch, Provincial Command and Dominion Command elections, and taking on leadership roles within the organization.