OTTAWA – In an unprecedented move, the Legion’s national headquarters will release a total of three million dollars to help struggling branches in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Dominion Command executive council made a landmark decision to release the funds from the Legion’s national reserves in order to provide branch emergency funds—non-repayable grants—to branches that are suffering across the country. These are not Poppy Funds, which cannot be used for branch operations.
“Despite the current challenges, our incredible members and branches are doing incredible volunteer work,” says Dominion President Thomas D. Irvine. “Our communities need them and we want to do everything we can to help them help others.”
The funds will be managed through the Legion’s provincial/territorial commands and via international zones. The initial total amount transferred to regions next week will be equivalent to $1,000 per branch, and the specific amounts disbursed directly to branches will be based on individual need. Commands and zones will be required to inform Dominion Command on how funds were distributed.
The Legion has more than 1,300 branches across the country.
The Legion thanks Canadians for their support of veterans, their families, and our communities during this challenging time.
Those who might wish to join our nation-wide group of generous volunteers can become a member of the Legion and help support their efforts. Join online at Legion.ca/join-us.