Membership and How to Join!


CANADIAN BRANCHES (for Canadian branches overseas or in the United States of American membership requirementsgo to the Royal Canadian Legion web site.)

You may be eligible for voting 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.

There are four 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 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 forces including Cadet Instructors on the Cadet Cadre for not less than one year; 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 Forces of the United States; 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 not less than one year.

If you do not qualify for Ordinary membership you may be eligible for Associate membership if you:

  • 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; or
  • are the child of an Associate member; or
  • have served in The Royal Canadian Sea, Army or Air Cadets for not less than 3 years; or
  • have served as a cadet civilian instructor for not less than 3 years; or
  • have served as an officer in the Navy League of Canada for not less than 2 years; or
  • 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.

If you do not qualify for Ordinary or Associate membership but support the aims and objects of The Royal Canadian Legion you may apply for Affiliate Voting membership.

If you are a non-Canadian citizen or a non-Commonwealth subject from an Allied nation and support the aims and objects of The Royal Canadian Legion, you may apply for Affiliate Non-Voting membership. These members shall have the same rights as all other members except the rights to vote and hold office. A member admitted under this Section is not permitted to apply for voting status unless otherwise qualified.

(Information courtesy of The Royal Canadian Legion, Dominion Command)


For explanatory videos see the national level video connections  at the bottom of this page or connect through the “The Royal Canadian Legion” link on our “Links” page.

Central Branch 161 in Bracebridge is a vibrant and active participant in the community of Bracebridge and we are always looking for new members!

Among our many activities the annual poppy campaign and community involvement. Our branch Ladies Auxiliary monthly “Sunday Family Breakfasts” and “Thank Goodness Its’ Friday” suppers are legendary, drawing in crowds from far and wide. Our membership is expanding with many families joining our over 500 members! There is always something going on. Check out our “Events Calendar” and our “News” page.

By joining the branch you will have the opportunity to make new friends, become involved with your community and to develop and share your leadership skills. You will help to perpetuate the Remembrance of those who gave so much for the freedom and prosperity we enjoy today and the proud heritage of this great Canadian organization. The branch and it’s members will be enriched by the enthusiasm, energy and new ideas that you bring to it.

Here are some of the many benefits membership in The Royal Canadian Legion brings:
Social Activities
– Our branch has recreational facilities and a licensed lounge. Members can enjoy a wide variety of social events such as dances, barbeques and a host of other special events.
Member Sport
s – The Legion has sporting events such as darts, euchre, pool and cribbage with competitions ranging from local, provincial to national levels.
– You will have the opportunity to grow within this great organization. The Legion needs members who can take on the Leadership challenge. If this is where your interest lies you can become involved by serving on the branch executive. You may even wish to go to higher levels such as zone, district or provincial. You may even aspire to the national level. Every Dominion President who has served in this capacity started out as a branch member. You too, could one day be President of the largest community service organization in Canada.

Contact us by walking in during our regular hours and talk to our duty bar steward or e-mail: or telephone: 705-645-8500.


The Canadian Legion was formed in 1926 with a membership of some 50,000 comprising originally of various regimental associations and service persons clubs. The Legion’s commitment to the Remembrance of those who gave their lives for peace and freedom is as valid today as it was then. The classification as “Royal” was granted by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 1960.

Today the Legion is one of the largest community service organizations in Canada with more than 360,000 members and approximately 1,500 branches in Canada, the USA and Europe.

As well as service to veterans and the community, the Legion has a strong and continuing commitment in promoting Canada’s contribution to world peace, the protection of Canadian sovereignty and the preservation of national unity. The Legion Magazine, published six times a year is included in your annual subscription. It contains articles on various topics including history, current events and general interest stories, as well as keeping members up-to-date on the many and varied Legion activities. It also contains a section dedicated to the recognition of those who served their country.

As the years take their toll on Canada’s veteran population, the Legion needs the infusion of new blood in order to maintain the many services provided by The Royal Canadian Legion to communities across Canada.

Membership was originally restricted to those who had served in the Commonwealth and Canada’s Armed Forces and Merchant Navy. The Royal Canadian Legion is proud of its military heritage and still maintains close ties with the Armed Forces today; however, over the years, categories of membership have evolved to include children of those who served and other members of the community. Find out how you can join! For a short informational video please use the following link: Legion Membership Video.

There are also several membership advantages often forgotten about! Please follow this link  to read about the benefits of becoming a Legion member: Members Benefit Package

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