Veterans' Services

The Royal Canadian Legion's Definition of a Veteran

In its efforts to better reflect Canadian involvement in conflicts and peace support operations, the Legion delegates at the 45th Dominion Convention voted unanimously to update the definition of a Veteran contained in its General By-Laws.

The new definition of a Veteran in the Legion General By-Laws is now as follows:

A Veteran is any person who is serving or has honourably served in the Canadian Armed Forces, the Commonwealth or its wartime allies, or as a Regular Member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, or as a Peace Officer in a Special Duty Area or on a Special Duty Operation, or who has served in the Merchant Navy or Ferry Command during wartime.

EDMONTON, AB, June 16th 2014.

Veterans Benefits

Benefits you may be entitled to are:

  • Disability Pension Program

  • Attendance Allowance

  • Prisoner of War Compensation

  • Health Care Program

  • Your Health Care Identification Card

  • Veterans Independence Program

  • Merchant Navy Veterans - Services & Benefits

  • Last Post Fund

  • Funeral, Burial and Gravemarking Assistance

  • Income-tested Benefits

Refer to Veterans Services or Services aux anciens combattants at the Veterans Affairs Canada Web Site. Information about obtaining service records can be found at the bottom of this page.

Every Legion Branch has a Service Officer and/or Service Committee. You will be able to obtain information on all programs there and they can help you apply. See below for the list of contacts for Branches in Zone G-5.

The Royal Canadian Legion has 4 full time Service Officers in Ontario as well as Service Officers throughout the rest of Canada to assist you. To locate the nearest one in your area, check the list of Service Officers at the Dominion Command's Web Site in English or en Français.

Provincial Service Officer
Pat Royle
86 Aird Place, Suite 222
Ottawa, ON K2L 0A1
Toll Free: 1-888-207-3703
Phone: 613-591-0144
Fax: 613-591-0148

  Zone G5 Service Officer
William (Frank) Stacey


Branch Service Officers

Montgomery Branch #351
Service Officer Bruce Kane
Phone 613-233-1611
Eastview Branch #462
Service Officer Léo Bédard
Cell: (613) 884-8178
Westboro Branch #480
Service Officer Brent Craig
Phone: 613-851-9296
Rockland Branch #554
Service Officer VACANT
Bells Corners Branch #593
Service Officer Ted Bransfield
Phone: 613-599-2722
Richmond Branch #625
Service Officer Jack Lemyre
Phone: 613-838-3948
Stittsville Branch #618
Service Officer Ron Currie
Phone: 613-406-7127
Barrhaven Branch #641
Service Officer Lorette Ellis

613 858-2375
Orleans Branch #632
Service Officer Robert (Bob) Elrick
Phone: 613-830-8742

Whether you are a Legion member or not, Legion Service is free to all veterans.

Service Records

Should you, or a member of your family, wish to obtain your service records, "Library and Archives Canada" should have the information you or they require. Priority service is given to people who require documentation to prove that they qualify for pensions, allowances, claims and other benefits. Note that there may be a fee for obtaining the documentation. Read the instructions carefully before submitting any requests.

To check information and print applications for Military records - after 1918:

In English        En Français


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