Who Can Join The Royal Canadian Legion?
You may be eligible for membership in a Canadian branch of The Royal Canadian Legion if you are a Canadian citizen or Commonwealth subject and are of federal voting age. You may be eligible for Non-Voting membership if you are a non-Canadian citizen or a non-Commonwealth subject from an Allied nation.
All applications for membership are subject to the General By-Laws of The Royal Canadian Legion and approval by the local branch.
There are three membership categories, each with different qualifications. The criteria for each category are as follows:
You may be eligible for Ordinary membership if you have served or are serving in the following:
The Canadian Forces or Her Majesty's Forces (including regular force or reserve force under class "C" service); or
The Forces or underground forces of any of Her Majesty's allies in any war, conflict or police action in which Canada was involved; or
The Merchant Navy or non-military services in an actual theatre of war in which Canada was involved; or
Her Majesty's reserve force including Cadet Instructors on the Cadet Cadre. Must have at least one year (12 months) service; or
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police or The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary for not less than one year; or
The Forces of a country while that country was a member of NATO or NORAD in alliance with Canada; or
The United States Forces; or
The Vietnam War with the Armed Forces of the United States, Australia, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea or South Vietnam, and were a Canadian citizen or Commonwealth subject at the time of service; or
The Canadian Coast Guard as an officer or crew member who has two or more years active service on the high seas or inland waterways; or a city, municipal or provincial police force as a police officer for at least one year.
If you do not qualify for Ordinary membership you may be eligible for Associate membership if you meet any of the following criteria:
Are the child, stepchild, adopted child, grandchild, sibling, niece, nephew, widow, widower, parent or spouse of someone who is or was eligible for Ordinary membership;
Are the child of an Associate member;
Have served in The Royal Canadian Sea, Army or Air Cadets for not less than 3 years;
Have been a cadet civilian instructor for not less than 3 years;
Have served as an officer in the Navy League of Canada for not less than 2 years;
Have served in the Polish Armed Forces after WW II below the rank of officer; or
Have served in a City, Municipal, Volunteer, Un-organized Territories or Federal, Fire Service for not less than one year
Are the spouse, parent or sibling of an associate member who qualified subject to the above criteria.
Affiliate Voting Membership
Includes Canadian citizens or Commonwealth subjects from an Allied nation who support The Royal Canadian Legion’s aims and objectives and are not eligible for ordinary or associate membership.
Affiliate Non-voting membership
Includes non-Canadian citizens or non-Commonwealth subjects from an Allied nation who support The Royal Canadian Legion’s aims and objectives.
Obtaining Military Service Records.
Dominion Command does not have access to Military Service Records. Applicants or next of kin may obtain statements of service from the following sources. Please include as much information as possible in your initial contact with these agencies.
CANADA - MILITARY SERVICE
Services Branch - Personnel Records Unit
Library and Archives Canada
395 Wellington Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 0N4
Phone: (613) 996-5115
Fax: (613) 947-8456
Toll Free: 1-866-578-7777 (Can & US)
CANADA - MERCHANT NAVY
Merchant Navy Registry
PO Box 7700
Charlottetown, PE C1A 8M9
Phone: (902) 368-0094
Fax: (902) 368-0564
Toll Free: 1-888-289-8512
Veterans Advice Unit
Service Personnel and Veterans Agency
England FY5 3WP
E-mail: see website for online form.
National Personnel Records Centre
Military Personnel Records
9700 Page Boulevard
St. Louis, Missouri 63132-5100 USA
Phone: (314) 801-0800
Fax #'s: (314) 801-9195 / (314) 801-0764 / (314) 801-9049
E-mail: MPRStatus@nara.gov or MPRAssistance@nara.gov
When you apply to become a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, you need to supply, along with your Membership Application Form, all pertinent documentation, as well as the current Membership Dues payable.
Please use the following chart to determine the dues to be submitted, based on the time of year you are applying.
Time of Year
January 1 - June 30 $50.00
July 1 - December 31 $25.00
Membership dues must be paid by cash, money order or cheque made payable to the Royal Canadian Legion (RCL) Branch #35.
For current members the annual Membership dues are $50.00 payable on or before December 31st of each calendar year.
Early Bird Draw
The annual early bird campaign is held between September 1st and November 30th of each year. By remitting your dues before November 30th you will be entered into the draw which will be held during the Honours and Awards Ceremony the following January. The prize is a Five Day Family Pass to The Interior Provincial Exhibition (IPE).