The Royal Canadian Legion is a not-for-profit, membership-based organization. Funding to fulfill our mission is provided through a number of sources, including:
Membership dues: Membership dues are determined at the Branch level and help support Branch operations. Dues are typically between $40-$60 per member per year. A portion of member dues support national and provincial operations such as administration, member programs and benefits, marketing and facilities.
Publically accessible grants: The Legion is not affiliated with any political party or organization and we do not typically accept financial assistance from any government party for our operations. However, Branches are able to pursue grants through federal, provincial or municipal government programs for initiatives outside of normal operations. These grants are available to all not-for-profits, and Legions only use the funds as defined in the grant guidelines.
Fee-for-service contracts: Branches often supplement income by renting out their facilities and providing food and entertainment services in their community.
Fundraising: A large part of funding for Legion Branches is through fundraising. Branch members volunteer their time to organize fundraising activities such as BBQs, dinners, bingo nights and meat draws to raise additional monies for operations and programming.
Legion merchandise: The Legion produces quality branded merchandise and apparel which Legion Branches sell at a profit. In addition, proceeds from purchases made directly through the Member Store and The Poppy Store support Legion programs, and are shared with Commands in proportion to the sales made to Branches and members within each Command.
Programs and services for Veterans and their families are free of charge and you do not have to be a Legion member.
There are several ways you can donate to support the Legion’s work during the Remembrance Period and throughout the year.