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Frequently Asked Questions About the Legion
Who can be a Member?

Currently serving and retired Canadian Armed Forces, RCMP members, and spouses, children and grandchildren of Veterans can all be Members.
Membership is open to Canadian citizens, Commonwealth subjects or non-Canadian citizens/non-Commonwealth subjects from an Allied Country.

For the purposes of membership, age of majority shall be the Federal voting age.

We also welcome those without military affiliation who support Canada’s Veterans.

Do Branches have family events?

Yes, please contact your local Branch for their event schedule.
Refer to the Branch locator on the home page.

How do I volunteer?

Contact your local Legion Branch.

How do I find information on service-related relatives?

Contact Library and Archives Canada at 1-866-578-7777

I am a Veteran and I travel. Are there any perks?

Through WestJet, all currently serving CAF members and veterans can check four pieces of luggage free of charge.

Through Air Canada, all currently serving CAF members and veterans can check three pieces of luggage, each weighing up to 32 kg (70 lb.), free of charge.

To have your baggage fee waived, see an airport agent after you check in and present your military identification. There are several acceptable forms of Canadian military identification:

  • CAF or veteran CFOne Card (with photo identification)
  • DND ID card for National Defense (NDI 20)
  • Record of Service Card (NDI 75)
  • Discharge Certificate from any branch of the Canadian Military
  • Statement of Service from any branch of the Canadian Military
  • Certificate of Service (CF 54 or CF 75) from any branch of the Canadian Military
  • Valid DND Temporary ID card (NDI 10)

Air Canada also accepts any Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) Benefit Card as acceptable identification.

Please note that these offers do not extend to current and former members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).

If you have any questions about your eligibility, be sure to contact the airline prior to booking.

Does the Legion provide housing for Veterans?

No, our Command does not have this service in place.

What services does the Legion provide a Veteran?

Our services are offered free-of-charge to all Veterans, RCMP and their families regardless of whether or not they are members of the Legion.

The Legion’s Command Service Officers have training in the disability claims process and are empowered by a Memorandum of Understanding.

The Command Service Officer can offer advice and representation to any Veteran seeking benefits through Veterans Affairs Canada.

Or you can speak with a Service Officer at your local Legion Branch for a referral to a Command Service Officer.

What is the Poppy Fund used for?

All proceeds received through donations are placed in trust to be used in support of Veterans and their dependants. Through these Poppy Fund donations, The Legion provides emergency financial assistance to Veterans and their families who are in distress.

Who is eligible to apply?

  • Any person who is serving or who has honourably served in the Canadian Armed Forces, RCMP and their dependents;
  • Merchant Navy personnel who have been awarded campaign stars or decorations, and their dependants;
  • Ex-service personnel of Commonwealth countries and their dependants who are residents in Canada; and
  • Ex-service personnel of Allied countries and their dependants who are residents in Canada.

Please note: A financial means-test will be conducted, and you may be asked to provide substantiating documents such as a proof-of-service document, a recent tax assessment, and a quote or invoice for service or item you need.  Further documentation may be requested.

How do I wear a Poppy?

The Poppy is placed on the left lapel, over your heart and can be worn year-round.