Frequently asked questions about the OVI
Why does the Legion, as a non-partisan organization advocating for Veterans, engage in contracts with the Government of Canada?
The Legion is one of the largest community service organizations in Canada, and we do not receive a dime of funding for our operations from the federal government. As a Veterans’ service organization, the Legion contracts services to the Government of Canada, such as the OVI. In contracting these services, the Legion is filling a gap the federal government is not able to fill. Thanks to our 270,000 members and over 1,400 Branches across Canada, the Legion is able to step up and ensure Veterans and their families receive the highest quality of service and care from the federal government.
The Legion does not profit from these contacted services; they are solely provided on a cost recovery basis.
Why was the Legion awarded the OVI contract?
This OVI contract from Veterans Affairs Canada was a publicly tendered contract. The Legion was awarded the contract because we are a national organization well positioned to administer a program of this size and scope, with a network of reliable, screened and trained volunteers across Canada who have previous experience in visiting Veterans in long term care facilities.
Where does the money from the OVI contract go?
The OVI contract from Veterans Affairs Canada covers the costs of administering, coordinating and delivering up to 7,000 visits to Veterans.
Which Veterans are served through this initiative?
Through the OVI, Legion volunteers visit Veterans who receiving financial support for long term care from Veterans Affairs Canada.
How can I become a volunteer for the OVI?
OVI volunteers must be a Legion member and qualify through a screening process. Volunteers are selected based on the needs within the community, required skill sets, security screenings, and ability to travel. Volunteers take part in a one day training seminar in Ottawa delivered jointly by Veterans Affairs Canada and the Legion. Calls for volunteers are sent by Dominion Command through both Provincial Commands and Legion Branches in areas of need.
Gary Foster, Project Coordinator