Categories of Membership

When you join The Royal Canadian Legion, you support the many services we offer to Veterans, serving military, RCMP members, and their families. You will have access to exclusive benefits too!

Any Canadian citizen or citizen of an Allied nation who is 18 years of age or older is welcome to become a member of the Legion. There are four main categories of membership:

Ordinary Membership

Includes still serving and retired military, reservists, RCMP, police officers, Canadian Coast Guard, and others listed in the General By-Laws such as:

  • The Canadian Forces or Her Majesty's Forces (including regular force or reserve force under class "C" service)

  • The Forces or underground forces of any of Her Majesty's allies in any war, conflict 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 forces including Cadet Instructors on the Cadet Cadre for not less than one year.

  • 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 Forces of the United States.

  • 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.

  • 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 not less than one year.

Associate Membership

Includes parents, spouses, widows, widowers, children, grandchildren, siblings, nieces as well as nephews of a person who is or was eligible for Ordinary membership.

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.