News archive


  • Legion responds to Office of the Veterans Ombudsman report

    Jan 19, 2021
    The Royal Canadian Legion supports all recommendations released in the Office of the Veterans Ombudsman’s report.
  • The Legion implores Veterans Affairs Canada to adopt recommendations to clear the disability benefit claims backlog

    Jan 5, 2021
    The Royal Canadian Legion urges Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) and the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) to act swiftly to implement recommendations made by the House of Commons Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs (ACVA) to improve the backlog of disability benefit claims.
  • Federal support dollars reach hundreds of Legion Branches

    Dec 18, 2020
    Over half of The Royal Canadian Legion’s 1380 Branches received close to half the support dollars available for transfer from a federal aid package today. In total, just over $7.2 million dollars distributed by the Legion’s National Headquarters went to 701 Branches who recently applied for financial assistance provided through Veterans Affairs Canada.
  • Legion wants automatic entitlement for Veterans

    Nov 20, 2020
    The Royal Canadian Legion is asking the federal government to grant Veterans automatic entitlement to disability benefits. This would be an immediate means of decreasing the ever-growing backlog of applications to Veterans Affairs.
  • Remembrance Day Ceremony honours Canada’s Fallen

    Nov 11, 2020
    Respect, thankfulness and Remembrance permeated the air during Canada’s National Remembrance Day Ceremony in Ottawa. The solemn commemoration paid tribute to the men and women who have given their lives for our freedoms.
  • The Royal Canadian Legion welcomes Veterans Affairs Canada aid package

    Nov 10, 2020
    The Royal Canadian Legion is pleased to learn that a new aid package will make millions of dollars available to support struggling Branches across the country with their operational costs.
  • Legion urges Canadians to watch from home: National Remembrance Day Ceremony to be broadcast live

    Nov 9, 2020
    With Remembrance Day fast approaching, The Royal Canadian Legion is reminding Canadians that the best way to pay tribute to our fallen this year, is at home. For the first time ever, people are asked not to attend ceremonies in person.
  • A Remembrance Day ceremony like no other

    Nov 2, 2020
    A longstanding tradition that completes the National Remembrance Day Ceremony in Ottawa is the standard march past, paying homage to Canada’s Veterans. With the cancellation of the 2020 march due to the pandemic, the traditional tribute will be made instead with a special edition of the symbolic fly-past.
  • The Royal Canadian Legion announces 2020-2021 National Silver Cross Mother

    Nov 1, 2020
    The Royal Canadian Legion is proud to present this year’s National Silver Cross Mother, Mrs. Deborah Sullivan of Summerville, New Brunswick. She will represent Silver Cross Mothers across Canada until the end of October, 2021.
  • The Royal Canadian Legion launches 2020 National Poppy Campaign

    Oct 30, 2020
    A pilot project to introduce new touchless donation boxes, and the lighting of iconic landmarks in Canada are innovations marking the launch of The Royal Canadian Legion National Poppy Campaign this year. Millions of poppies will be distributed in familiar and new locations across Canada.
  • Royal Canadian Legion and HSBC Bank Canada “Pay Tribute” to Nation’s Heroes

    Oct 21, 2020
    This year, the Royal Canadian Legion has partnered with HSBC Bank Canada to make it safe, secure, and easier than ever to donate and wear a poppy with touchless HSBC “Pay Tribute” tap-enabled donation boxes.
  • First Poppy presented to Canada’s Governor General

    Oct 16, 2020
    Royal Canadian Legion Dominion President, Thomas D. Irvine, CD, presented the symbolic First Poppy to Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada. As a result of these unprecedented times, the First Poppy was presented virtually.
  • Purchase a wreath and be part of the National Remembrance Day Ceremony in Ottawa

    Oct 1, 2020
    This year, The Royal Canadian Legion is giving the public the opportunity to purchase a wreath for the Remembrance Day Ceremony at the National War Memorial. Proceeds go towards the Poppy Fund in support of Veterans and their families.
  • 2020 National Poppy Campaign to launch soon

    Sep 28, 2020
    The Royal Canadian Legion’s 2020 National Poppy Campaign will begin on October 30th this year, following the tradition of launching it on the last Friday in October. Several changes will be implemented both in response to the global pandemic, and to continue modernizing the ways in which donors can support the campaign.
  • A new offering from Operation VetBuild

    Sep 2, 2020
    The Royal Canadian Legion's Operation VetBuild has recently expanded to include TableTop gaming. This program creates a supportive environment for Veterans, helping them transition to civilian life.
  • Where’s the action?

    Sep 2, 2020
    During this time of financial distress, the federal government quickly announced help for many sectors, but the Legion’s essential work was forgotten. Now after months of waiting, we need an assistance program to be expedited immediately.
  • National Remembrance Day Ceremony 2020: A more intimate commemoration

    Aug 31, 2020
    The Royal Canadian Legion is still planning for a much smaller yet heartfelt ceremony, which will include a maximum of 100 participants. The Legion will offer a Facebook Live presentation of the National Remembrance Day ceremony, and additional broadcast plans are under consideration.
  • Veterans Gather at Peacekeepers Park for First Buddy Check Coffee in Angus

    Aug 24, 2020
    Veterans and Silver Cross Mothers gathered at Peacekeepers for Angus' first Buddy Check Coffee—A Veteran run program offering comradeship in a relaxed environment, allowing for networking and sharing of experiences and stories.
  • Legion Poppy Fund Supports Veteran and Family Well-being Programs

    Jul 29, 2020
    Even through the COVID-19 crisis, The Royal Canadian Legion continues to support Veterans. With the help of generous donations made to the Legion’s Poppy Fund, we are able to provide funding for initiatives that support serving and retired military Canadian Armed Forces and RCMP members and their families.
  • Legion calls for an end to claims backlog

    Jul 6, 2020
    Amidst renewed reports of the continuing and staggering backlog of claims at Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC), The Royal Canadian Legion is calling for additional improvements.