Who can join the Legion?

Contrary to popular belief, a military background is not the sole prerequisite for membership and anyone may apply for Affiliate Membership. The kinds of membership are as follows:

Ordinary Membership

You may be eligible for Ordinary membership if you have served or are serving in:

  • The Canadian Forces or Her Majesty’s Forces (regular force or reserve force with class “C” service)
  • The Forces or underground forces of any of Her Majesty’s allies in a war or police action in which Canada was involved
  • The Merchant Navy or non-military services in an actual theatre of war in which Canada was involved
  • Her Majesty’s reserve force including Cadet Instructors on the Cadet Cadre. Must have at least one year (12 months) service
  • The Royal Canadian Mounted Police or The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary for not less than one year
  • The Forces of a country while that country was a member of NATO or NORAD in alliance with Canada
  • The United States Forces
  • 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
  • A city, municipal or provincial police force as a police officer for at least one year

Associate Membership

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

  • Are the child, stepchild, grandchild, sibling, niece/nephew, widow/er, 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 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
  • 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

If you do not qualify for Ordinary or Associate membership, you will be eligible for Affiliate Voting membership if you:

  • Are a Canadian citizen or a Commonwealth subject.

Affiliate Non-Voting Membership

If you do not qualify for Ordinary, Associate or Affiliate Voting membership, you may be eligible for Affiliate Non-Voting membership if you:

  • Are a citizen  of an Allied country, excluding Canada and the Commonwealth and are of federal voting age.

Note:  a member in this category cannot vote nor hold office, but can attend and participate in debates at Branch Meetings.


Download the following form to apply.

Membership Application